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[Susan notes: This letter catches a newspaper doing something right--and reiterates the importance of school libraries.]

Submitted to Los Angeles Daily News but not published
09/26/2003

To the editor



Dennis McCarthy hit the bull's eye in reporting on the positive impact of the new library at Plainview Elementary ("Reading scores,"

September 25). The Plainview experience confirms what research has repeatedly shown: When interesting books are made available, children will read them.



A good school library is especially important for children of low-income families. Many studies have shown that these children have few sources of books outside of school. For them, the school library is often the only source of reading material.

Stephen Krashen, Emeritus Professor, USC


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