Improving Access to Books for Young School-age Children One Library at a Time


  • Stephanie Bailey-White Idaho Commission for Libraries
  • Roger A. Stewart Boise State University, Idaho


school libraries, policies


Johnson and Donham (2012) found that Iowa elementary school library check out policies for young children did not always support early literacy development because of their being overly restrictive concerning the number of books children could borrow each week. A state-wide survey of Idaho elementary school library staff revealed similar challenges. Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and 1st graders were not being given adequate access to books. A state-wide grant program was developed and implemented that provided funds for collection development while stipulating the implementation of less restrictive check out policies for young children. Results from the grant program are reported along with future plans and recommendations for others wanting to implement similar programs.

Author Biographies

Stephanie Bailey-White, Idaho Commission for Libraries

Idaho Commission for Libraries

Roger A. Stewart, Boise State University, Idaho

Boise State University, Idaho






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