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How to make your library an oasis for young minds

At their best, libraries have the power to enchant students of all abilities through challenging works. We must remember their purpose, says James Handscombe

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Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” This is an amazing, invigorating, challenging statement for any school library – in fact, for any school.

The library outranks any other one room in the school in terms of its ability to benefit students. A library is (or at least should be) a remarkable repository of writings, a collection of all that mankind has done, thought, gained or been, therefore offering unlimited inspiration, extension and reinforcement to students.

Yet it seems to ...

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