School Library Month 2010

"Communities Thrive @ your library"

Spokesperson   |   Video Contest   |   Professional Development   |   Resources


Laurie Halse AndersonAward-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson was the official spokesperson for AASL's 2010 School Library Month celebration.

Laurie's first novel, "Speak," was a National Book Award Finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor book, a New York Times bestseller and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. In 2009, Laurie received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement for her body of work for young adults. In 2008, she also received the prestigious ALAN Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature. Laurie's most recent novel, "Wintergirls," was released in March 2009.  "Wintergirls" has received five-star reviews and debuted on the New York Times bestseller list.

Though Laurie is best known for her Young Adult novels, she also writes picture books and chapter books for elementary age children. Laurie says her chapter book series “Vet Volunteers” brings her the best fan mail from kids with pictures and drawings of their pets. Laurie started her career as a picture book writer. Librarians, teachers and parents love her fun, fact-filled picture books about American History. Her next project is a picture book about her hero, Abigail Adams. American history has been a life-long passion for Laurie, which her writing has been recognized for and is also reflected in several of her Young Adult novels.

For more information about the life and work of Laurie Halse Anderson visit

Laurie visited with students in the school library at Mexico Academy High School in Mexico, NY, on Tuesday, March 30. Laurie's message to the students focused on the essential role school libraries and librarians play in education.

(Video clip produced by Mike Charbonneau of Mexico Academy)


Video Contest

video contest logoSchool librarians submitted videos detailing how they help their school community "thrive." Entries were vetted by AASL and the top videos judged by the entire AASL member community.

Click here to view the winning video.



Professional Development

Each week, AASL hosted a Learning4Life webinar focused on one of the four chapters of AASL's Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Webinars are archived and available through  AASL eCOLLAB, AASL's professional development repository. You must be logged in to the AASL website as either an AASL member or eCOLLAB subscriber to view the archives.


SLM Resources   

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