Sixty-eight schools are participants this school year in the prestigious Power Libraries Program under a program sponsored by the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Department of Education. The schools’ libraries were recognized for their critical role in helping students achieve academic standards.

Forty-nine schools and their school library media centers in the “High Performance” category will serve as mentors and assist in training personnel from schools in the state. These school libraries exemplify high qualities of service, collaboration with staff, and professionalism and serve as models for other Colorado schools.

Nineteen schools and their library media centers are “developing.” They will receive training and professional development support. These school libraries were selected because they are dedicated to systemic change so the school media center can better meet the needs of students and staff and is developing its library program.

“The focus is on developing and promoting quality school library media programs and practices that help students meet standards,” said Eugene Hainer, Director of the Colorado State Library, Colorado Department of Education. “Schools with well developed library media programs average ten to fifteen percent higher reading scores. This is corroborated by studies in sixteen states, including Colorado.”

Exemplary school media programs include a number of key components in addition to adequate book and Internet resources, said Hainer. These include:

*Library media staff collaborations with classroom teachers for lesson planning, information literacy, and in-service training;

* Computer networks that extend the library media program’s reach into classrooms and labs;

*Flexible scheduling for students to utilize the library individually as needed;

*Participation and leadership of the library media specialist in school administrative and staff functions, such as standards and curriculum committees.

The award is part of the Power Libraries Program, a program designed to recognize and encourage the important role that Colorado school libraries play in student achievement. To see a complete list of participants, visit www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/powerlib/. This is the Program’s ninth year. For information on the statewide Power Libraries Program, contact Joy Van Meter, 303.457.1503, vanmetej@qwest.net; or Betty Bankhead, 303.722.0428, bbankhead1@aol.com.

HIGH PERFORMANCE POWER
LIBRARIES SCHOOLS

Animas Valley Elementary, Durango 9-R

Arapahoe Ridge Elementary, Adams SD 12

Cache La Poudre Jr. High School, Poudre R1

Carver Elementary, Colorado Springs D 11

Centennial Elementary, Adams SD 12

Centennial High School, Pueblo SD 60

Cherry Creek High School, Cherry Creek SD 5

Cherry Drive Elementary, Adams SD 12

Chipeta Elementary, Colorado Springs D-11

Conifer High School, Jefferson County SD R-1

Cotton Creek Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Coyote Ridge Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Devinny Elementary, Jefferson County SD R-1

Doherty High School, Colorado Springs D-11

Eaglecrest High School, Cherry Creek SD 5

Eldorado K-8 School, Boulder Valley SD

Escalante Middle School, Durango 9-R

Federal Heights Elementary, Adams SD 12

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary, Durango 9-R

Glacier Peak Elementary, Adams SD 12

Gunnison High School, Gunnison RE-1J

Gust Elementary School, DPS

Hillcrest Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Hinkley High School, Adams-Arapahoe 28-J

Hodgkins Middle School, Westminster 50

Hunters Glen Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Huron Middle School, Adams SD 12

Leroy Drive Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Lewis Palmer Middle School, Lewis Palmer 38

Longfellow Elementary, Colorado Springs D-11

Maple Grove Elementary, Jeffco SD R-1

McClave Schools (K-12), McClave RE-2

Meridian Elementary School, Adams SD 12

North Star Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Park Hill ECE-8, DPS

Prairie Hills Elementary, Adams SD 12

Redlands Middle, Mesa County Valley SD 51

Riverdale Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Rocky Mountain High School, Poudre R1

Rudy Elementary School, Colorado Springs D-11

Semper Elementary, Jefferson County SD R-1

Sierra Middle School, Douglas County SD RE-1

Steele Elementary School, Colorado Springs D 11

Stott Elementary, Jefferson County SD R-1

Sunnyside Elementary, Durango 9-R

Tarver Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Thornton Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Wasson High School, Colorado Springs D-11

Westview Elementary School, Adams SD 12

POWER (DEVELOPING)
LIBRARIES SCHOOLS

Aspen Creek K-8, Boulder Valley SD RE-2

Campbell Elementary, Jefferson County SD R-1

Century Middle School, Adams SD 12

Columbine Hills Elementary, Jeffco SD R-1

Elk Creek Elementary, Jefferson County SD R-1

Eagleview Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Fruita Middle School, Mesa County Valley 51
Helen Keller Elementary, Colorado Springs D-11

Horizon High School, Adams SD 12

John F. Kennedy High School, DPS

Monarch High School, Boulder Valley SD R-2

Mountain Ridge Middle School, Academy SD 20

Sheridan Green Elementary, Jeffco SD R-1

Sierra Elementary School, Jeffco SD R-1

Silver Creek High School, St. Vrain Valley

Skyview Elementary School, Adams SD 12

Thornton Middle School, Adams SD 12

Warren Tech Career/Technical HS, Jeffco SD R-1

Yuma K-8, West Yuma County RJ-1

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