DCPS Libraries Win Big – by Peter MacPherson

Dear Friends: Our 16-month long advocacy effort on behalf of school libraries has paid off big! DCPS has found $3.4 million to spend on school libraries. Cardozo, Dunbar, Wilson, Woodson, Eastern and Anacostia high schools will be receiving opening day collections, which is between 9,000 and 14,000 volumes depending on enrollment. Kramer, Eliot-Hine and JeffersonContinue reading “DCPS Libraries Win Big – by Peter MacPherson”

$400 Million – by Peter MacPherson

by Pether MacPherson Dear Friends:   Some of you may not be aware that last week the news was released that the city has a $400 million budget surplus. This is far in excess of the $140 million that was reported back in November. There are many worthwhile projects that could benefit from access toContinue reading “$400 Million – by Peter MacPherson”

DC Public Schools Library Task Force Report Released

CHPSPO members started raising awareness about the need for DCPS to strengthen its approach to school libraries in early 2012. As a result of these efforts, DCPS established a School Library Task Force. DCPS released the Task Force report that includes a series of recommendations on staffing, programming, collection and resource development, district-level support, facilities,Continue reading “DC Public Schools Library Task Force Report Released”

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – November 20, 2012

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization Maury Elementary School Library – 1250 Constitution Ave., NE November 20, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.   1) DCPS School Closing Announcement (Cathy Reilly, SHAPPE, and Daniel del Pielago (Empower DC) ACTION: Dec 5 – Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Community Discussion on DCPS Proposed ConsolidationContinue reading “CHPSPO Meeting Notes – November 20, 2012”

School Closures and Libraries – by Peter Macpherson

Dear Council Members: Tomorrow is going to be the beginning of  a torturous dialogue for the District of Columbia. Chancellor Henderson is going to present a list of schools she will be propose be closed. And I fear that the chancellor will attempt to create a nexus between the closures and presence of librarians inContinue reading “School Closures and Libraries – by Peter Macpherson”

Save School Libraries Protest on Friday, October 19 – Wilson Building

    Can’t make the Rally? What else can you do to help Save School Libraries? Read this fact sheet –> Library Facts Handout 9-19 and reach out to the Mayor Gray, your Councilmember and Chancellor Henderson. Support Council Member Jack Evans’ bill to restore DCPS funding for librarians, art and music teachers. Encourage local leaders toContinue reading “Save School Libraries Protest on Friday, October 19 – Wilson Building”

Barracks Row #SaveSchoolLibraries pop-up library – thank you!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our mini pop-up library on Saturday in support of DCPS Librarians. We met dozens of school and community librarians from DC and all over the country, children of librarians, and of course, supporters of librarians. In a short period of time, we gave away dozens of books, raised overContinue reading “Barracks Row #SaveSchoolLibraries pop-up library – thank you!”

Join Save School Libraries Pop-Up Library at Barracks Row Fall Festival on Sep 22!

CHPSPO is joining forces with Commissioner Brian Pate to organize a booth at the Barracks Row Fall Festival  (on Saturday, September 22) in support of DC Public School librarians and libraries. Stop by the booth between 1-4PM for a mini Pop-Up Library and book swap (a small scale version of last week’s). Thanks to BarracksContinue reading “Join Save School Libraries Pop-Up Library at Barracks Row Fall Festival on Sep 22!”

Save School Libraries Pop Up Library at H St Fest a Success!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the H Street Festival this weekend where we had over 2000 books and collected 601 handwritten signatures! The Pop-up library at  Toki Underground restaurant was fantastic: people perused books, read some and always left with a free, new book. Toki’s owner Eric and ANC Commissioner David Garber (whose ownContinue reading “Save School Libraries Pop Up Library at H St Fest a Success!”