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 transforming learning.
Julianne Moore, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is the national spokesperson for the 2015 observance.
“School libraries make a difference,” said Moore. “I moved around a lot as a young child, and the first place I would visit in a new place was the school library. The librarians guided me, encouraged me, and set the stage for my lifelong love of reading. As educators, school librarians have a tremendous impact on our students’ personal and intellectual growth. School libraries foster creativity, innovation, play, and experimentation and offer a nurturing, and safe place for children to learn. I have a lot of love for librarians.”
The 2015 celebration marks the 30th anniversary of School Library Month! The first national observance kicked off with a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol on April 1, 1985, and its theme was Where Learning Never Ends: The School Library Media Center. Honoring the anniversary, the 2015 theme is Your School Library Where Learning Never Ends. More about the history of School Library Month.
Digital Storytelling Festival
Let your students showcase their creativity! We're holding a student storytelling contest using different online mediums. Students will be divided into four grade levels, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Prizes will be awarded by guest author judges!
School Library/School Librarian Showcase
School Library Month is about YOU and we want to celebrate the school librarian and their programs. We’ll be showcasing – based on your submissions – school libraries and school librarians who exemplify one of the ten points of the Declaration for the Right to School Libraries.
As part of the celebration, AASL will present weekly webinars during April. Register now for:
- Transform Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. Central
Presenter: Melissa Jacobs Israel
The Best of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. Central
Presenter: Heather Moorefield-Lang
Augmented Reality in the Classroom
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. Central
Presenter: Morgan Nickolai
Check back often as more webinars will be added!
School Library Month Proclamations
Now is the perfect time to approach 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.