School Library Month

What is School Library Month?

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. Read about the history of School Library Month.

The 2014 theme is Lives change @ your library® and Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has been named the national spokesperson.

“I don't know where I'd be without my school library,” said Kinney. “Our librarians were passionate about putting great books in the hands of kids, and making us into lifelong readers. School libraries introduce kids to whole new worlds and new perspectives and are so important in broadening kids' minds. It's crucial that we support our school libraries, especially in times of tightening budgets. I'm so grateful for the well-stocked libraries and knowledgeable, dedicated school librarians that were a part of my childhood.”

Two new video PSAs featuring Jeff Kinney are now available! In the PSAs he encourages viewers to “celebrate how our nation’s school libraries change lives.” The videos are available for view and download.

As part of the celebration, AASL will present a four week webinar series. Webinars are prerecorded and available on-demand on AASL's professional development repository, eCOLLAB. Available now: Brains Change @ Your Library presented by Paige Jaeger.

Declare your right to school libraries! The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives. It has been adapted with permission for a focus more specific to school libraries. School librarians across the country are encouraged to hold and participate in signing events using The Declaration for the Right to School Libraries during School Library Month.

School libraries change author's lives! We've reached out to authors and asked them to share their stories of how school libraries impacted their lives. Watch AASL's Twitter and Facebook accounts for their quotes and be sure to share and retweet to spread the word!

We've also created a Tip of the Day calendar using quotes provided by the authors. View the tips on the website or sign up for AASL Tip of the Day and you'll receive a daily email with these easy to implement ideas for your school library program.

Contact your local elected officials and inviting them into your school library during the month of April. Why not ask them to make a proclamation about School Library Month?

 
Decorate your library or library website with the 2014 School Library Month Poster external link icon or 2014 School Library Month Web Filesexternal link icon
 
Customize and print your own posters, bookmarks, mini-posters, and more with the Lives Change @ your library CDexternal link icon This CD features high resolution, layered art files, as well as ready-to-print PDFs, for National Library Week, April 14-20, 2014 and School Library Month.