8. Since the Internet has millions of resources, can’t we buy fewer books?

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Our school library program strives to create an environment where independent reading is valued, promoted, and encouraged (AASL 2007). The best resources are not always available online. Students need to be able to read and research high quality resources that meet district curriculum goals and state learning standards. “Shouldn’t schools be the place where students interact with interesting books? Shouldn’t the faculty have an ongoing laser-like commitment to put good books in our students’ hands? Shouldn’t this be a front-burner issue at all times?” (Gallagher 2009)