School librarians are highly-trained and certified by the state of Texas in the selection of materials for children and young adults. School librarians undergo yearly training and review LHISD Board policies EF Legal & EF Local. Books are chosen based upon the needs of the district-adopted curriculum, personal interests of students, and recommendations by staff, students, and parents. Librarians follow board policy and district selection criteria.
The best way for you to help your child choose the right books is to do the following: ask your child to show you the books they check out, discuss what your child is reading with them, and read the books they check out with them. Feel free to contact your child’s campus librarian if there are any topics or titles that you would prefer your child not check out.
In Texas, school librarians must have at least 2 years of teaching experience, have completed a school librarian certification program, have a Master’s degree, and have successfully passed a state mandated librarian certification test.
Start by reaching out to your student’s campus librarian. Librarians want to partner with families and their students to choose the right books to build life-long readers and learners. Many times initial conversations are enough to work through concerns, but if you wish to continue a formal challenge, contact the campus administrator.
If there are still concerns after a conversation with the campus librarian and/or campus administrator, the parent may complete the Request for Reconsideration form. Once received, a district employee will review the request and reach out about next steps in the reconsideration process.