Results of this study confirm the paucity of books in classroom libraries and the insufficient school funding for the classroom library. A sample of New York City teachers reported that they spent an average of $378 of their own money on classroom library books, and received an average of $143 from the school each year for books and supplies. Teachers listed a variety of reasons for their willingness to buy books. The significance of this study is the demonstration that teachers believe in the importance of books, and they practice what they believe by bringing books into students' lives.
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