What are some benefits of having a public library in our community?

Monday, June 12 Class:

Today you will continue planning out how to structure your argument about the benefits of public libraries. As you develop your reasons, and think about providing evidence, here are a few more sources you may find useful:

If you are getting stuck thinking about your three reasons, you can refer to the Reasons chart above the pencil sharpener.

Once you have your reasons, you need to think about the specific evidence you will use to support each reason. Use the notes in your Reader’s Notebook, our class notes on the wall, and the links in this blog post to help you.

Monday, May 22 Class:

Listen to Barbara A. McDade, Director, Bangor Public Library ,and James Ritter, Maine State Librarian, discuss the role of libraries. Click here, and scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the Listen button that looks like this:

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Take notes in your Reader’s Notebook as you listen.

Thursday, May 18 Class:

Listen to Charlie Bennett, a librarian, talk about the benefits of libraries here. He gives useful information about the history of libraries and the functions of libraries.

Tuesday, May 16 Class:

Spend some time exploring the website of the Portland Public Library here. Think about these questions:

  • What kinds of things can you do on the website? How do these things help you?
  • What resources and tools are available on the website? How can these resources and tools help people?
  • What programs are available to people at the library? How do these programs benefit the community?