“If we believe that our children are our future – and I believe that we all do – then we must do what we can to ensure that our children have access to the information resources and skilled personnel in school libraries so that our children can get off to a good start in understanding and participating in society. It is not enough that there is room full of resources. Children need to learn how to find information, to choose and apply information. They must have teacher librarians who are dedicated to guiding them in developing their skills, but also to developing in them the love of lifelong learning.
Canada’s children are Canada’s future. If we do not take it upon ourselves to ensure that all Canadian children and youth have equal access to well-equipped libraries and trained professionals in their schools from the time they are in kindergarten, to show them the ropes, to help them develop their analytical and research skills, then we reap what we sow. It is past the time to make an investment needed to ensure that our children grow up to be literate citizens and lifelong learners in the global knowledge society of the 21st Century.”
Roch Carrier, National Librarian of Canada, May 31, 2001, author of The Hockey Sweater