School Library Month 2017

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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 2017 theme is Because School Libraries Empower Students

The official hashtag for this year's celebration is #slm17.

Add the hashtag to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture with our SLM17 Twibbon. (Other social media graphics available below.)

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National Spokesperson

Andy Weir

Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2017 celebration of School Library Month. 

“In high school, I was the stereotypical nerdy, unpopular kid,” said Weir. “I got bullied a lot, in no small part because I was a smart aleck. The school library became my sanctuary. It was the one place I could go without encountering the bullies who would harass and belittle me. I’d read random encyclopedia entries—an early version of a ‘Wikipedia Wander.’ Libraries provide more than just knowledge. They provide a venue for learning and contemplation. I wouldn’t be who I am without that little school library and the shelter it provided me.”

NEW! Watch and share a new PSA from Andy.


calendar imageCelebrate all month or pick the week that's best for your! This calendar of spotlight events and activity ideas will help you along the way.


pow bubble imageWe want to hear from you! Share on our SLM Padlet (an AASL Best Website for Teaching & Learning) how your school library program transforms learning every day! 


Complimentary Webinars

MakerSpaces on a Dime
Presenter: Teresa Lansford

Use an Elevator Speech To Prove Your Value
Presenter: Kathy Dempsey

Got Stuff, But No Staff?: Adventures in Creating a Student Techspert Team
Kristina Holzweiss

Virtual Field Trips for the 21st Century Learner
Kaytee Smith


Complimentary Web Graphics & Files

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.


2016-2017 School Library Month Committee

Suzanne Dix, Chair

Shannon DeSantis

Jillian Ehlers

Stacy Ford

Hattie Garrow

Rebecca Jackman

Denise Tabscott

Katie Williams, Board Liaison

Jen Habley, Staff Liaison