A librarian walks onto a football field…

… and the players were totally confused. They couldn’t figure out what she was doing there. Jessica Fitzpatrick, a high school librarian in Houston decided to reach out to the football coach to try and increase literacy and encourage a love of reading among the players. So together, they organized a program where the 50 team members read several books together on “leadership, empowerment and sports.” Kudos to Ms. Fitzpatrick, since library visits and circulation increased, as well as many of the athletes grades. To date, both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams have participated as well, and there are plans for the softball, baseball, and girls’ soccer teams to engage in the upcoming school year. The power of librarianship is an amazing force to reckon with…

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