Libraries don’t just help online school students explore their interests, they give students a great resource for answering questions. Whether it’s a question a child is asking themselves or a question posed by a teacher, libraries likely have the answer.
As any educator will tell you, asking and answering questions is a vital part of the learning process. Not only does it build knowledge, it inspires curiosity, which is a key trait in those who achieve lifelong success. But the advantages of asking questions disappear if the answers students are getting are wrong. That’s why libraries are so important.
Librarians can help students find peer-reviewed resources and learn how to better identify books that contain accurate facts and meaningful expertise. That means when K-12 students use a public library to research, they know they are gaining real, applicable knowledge they can use well beyond high school graduation.