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Twin Lakes Academy Elementary Library to Represent All School Libraries in the State of Florida
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As part of her tour of school libraries nationwide, Nancy Everhart, President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will visit Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School on Friday, February 18, 2011. Twin Lakes Academy Elementary is located at 8000 Point Meadows Drive, Jacksonville, Florida  32256. 

The Vision Tour is Everhart's idea to showcase exemplary school libraries across the nation. Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School Library Program was chosen as an "outstanding"  Florida School library by FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education). More information about the Vision Tour can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/l4lvisiontour.

On her tour, Everhart's goal is to gain support for Learning4Life (L4L), AASL's national plan for implementing the "Standards for the 21st Century Learner" and "Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs." By touring exemplary school libraries in each state, Everhart also hopes to raise the profile of what an outstanding school library can do for students, as well as the school and local community. She also hopes to create a celebrity roster of well-known educators and organizations, and public figures as advocates for school librarians and their programs. Find out more about L4L at www.ala.org/aasl/learning4life.

Twin Lakes Academy Elementary opened its doors in August of 1998 under the direction of Principal Barbara Langley. Twin Lakes Academy Elementary Library is under the direction of Pat Dedicos.  Langley hired Dedicos in 1998 to promote reading and inquiry.  Twin Lakes is currently a Florida Power Library School and was one of 25 inaugural inductees in 2009.  Additional information about Florida Power Library Schools can be found at http://www.fasmnet.org/fpl/html.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.  Twin Lakes Academy Elementary vision is “working together to create leaders for life.”  The mission of TLAE is to inspire our Wildcat LEADers to Learn-Excel-Achieve-Dream.  The vision of TLAE library states: “By analyzing and evaluating information, Wildcats are leaders who become learners for life.”  TLAE Library mission reads” Guided inquiry connects the curriculum to the world.”  The school motto is “Leaders 4 Life’ and the library motto is “leaders are learners 4 life”.  Twin Lakes Academy Elementary is dedicated to improving student achievement in all areas on all levels.

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