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Ms. Tamra Snell, Librarian

tamra.snell@austinisd.org

(512) 414-1313

Welcome to the Highland Park Library!

Library Hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:15-3:30

About Ms. Snell:

  • Elementary educator since 2001

  • Taught 2nd and 4th grades at Highland Park from 2005-2013

  • Obtained Masters in Library Science in December 2011

  • Returned to Highland Park in 2018 as the librarian

  • Parent to a Highland Park student

  • Continuous learner

Philosophies that guide library work at H.P.

A primary goal of the library’s collection development process is to provide access to a variety of books for all students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 across interest, maturity, and reading abilities. The Highland Park Library serves all students and families. In that regard, the collection is meant to be as inclusive as possible and "ensure students have access to humanizing educational spaces and rich opportunities to learn."* In addition, I strive to ensure students are provided with books that serve as “windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors.” This is based on the work of Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop. More about her work can be found here: https://ehe.osu.edu/news/listing/rudine-sims-bishop-diverse-childrens-books/

*Kinloch, Valerie. https://convention.ncte.org/2021-convention/call-for-proposals/

Watch the video interview with Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop from Reading Rockets to learn more about her critical work on "windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors."

Children's Rights to Read

The International Literacy Association has a position statement based on 10 principles. These principles guide instruction, acquisition, and access to library books and materials. The principles and more information can be found here: https://www.literacyworldwide.org/get-resources/childrens-rights-to-read

Intellectual Freedom &

Self-Censorship

We respect the right of student choice in book selection in keeping with Intellectual Freedom and Self-Censorship, which states the following (in student terms):

"Reading is a joy, a privilege, and the right of every student. As you select the library books you will read, please understand that every book is not the best choice for every student. If a book is unappealing or offensive to you in any way, please return it and select another. You, the student, know better than we, the library staff, what reading materials best serve you and your standards and beliefs."ALA (American Library Association) Intellectual Freedom Act Endorsed by TLA (Texas Library Association)

*Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. Intellectual freedom encompasses the freedom to hold, receive, and disseminate ideas.