School Library Month

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. More about the history of School Library Month.

The 2018 theme is Making Connections at Your School Library. Check back soon for more updates or take a look at the 2017 celebration.

Spokesperson

New York Times bestselling author, Jason Reynolds, is the 2018 Spokesperson for School Library Month.

“It’s impossible for me to talk about the importance of the school library without talking about the school librarian,” said Reynolds. “In full disclosure, the library wasn’t a place I frequented in school, but if I were in school today I’d practically live there, because there’s a good chance the coolest person in the building works where the books are. Not only can the school librarian help to curate a comfortable and welcoming space for all students, not only can they usher them to a vast array of books and reference materials, librarians also usually have the ability to connect with students on a personal level, because, well, they’ve read the most stories, which makes their potential for empathy and openness ceiling-less.”

Jason Reynolds (Photo by Ben Fractenberg)

Proclamation Templates

Ask your school and elected officials and request they proclaim the month of April as School Library Month! The following samples are based on actual proclamations shared with AASL by its members. They are presented here as templates that can be downloaded and modified to fit your needs.

Board of Education 1

Mayor 1

Mayor 2

Governor 3

Town Council

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2017-2018 School Library Month Committee

Jillian Ehlers, Chair

Cynthia Alaniz

Michelle Cooper

Shannon DeSantis

Hattie Garrow

Rebecca Jackman

Denise Tabscott

Katie Williams, Board Liaison

Jen Habley, Staff Liaison