Emotional literacy, learning, and the school library
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Many students in the education system lag behind in social and emotional development. Librarians, as teachers, can model behavior and implement programs in the library to cultivate and create students’ emotional literacy, a main aspect of social and emotional development. Many of the programs designed for this purpose rely on literature, storytelling, and reading to promote academic growth and students’ achievement through the development of emotional literacy. Research shows that students who have developed emotional literacy perform better inside and outside the classroom. Librarians can play a key role in aiding students’ emotional growth and development.