School Library Month 2012

You belong @ your library®

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 2012 theme is You belong @ your library®.  The AASL School Library Month Committee is busy planning activities and creating resources to help school librarians celebrate. Check back often for new materials.

Resources   |   Podcasts  |   Webinars  |   Student Video Contest 

Resources

                                      Get a jump on the celebration by contacting 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 Ten Reasons You Belong at Your School Library poster and web graphics!

Let your school know what's going on in the library with this School Library Month flyer template!

Share these public service announcements with your community:
General Focus - Audio MP3: 20 seconds | 25 seconds
Parent Focus - Audio MP3: 20 seconds | 25 seconds

  Use this calendar of tips to fill your month with special activities celebrating the school library.
 

Podcasts

School Library Month Interview with Lucille Thomas
In this audio podcast, Lucille Thomas, chair of the first School Library Month Committee, shares her memories of planning and launching the inaugural School Library Month celebration and her thoughts on the profession.

 

                   

We Belong
A series of  text and podcast interviews with AASL members who share why they belong in the school library field and as members of AASL.

                  

Webinars

In this four part on-demand webinar series, presenter Susan Kowalski discusses programs designed to bring stakeholders into the library.

Powerful Connections through Content *
How to use curriculum, content, and standards to get stakeholders connected to the library program.     

Powerful Connections to Promote Thinking *
How to involve all stakeholders in programs that empower thinking, innovation, and problem solving.

Preparing for Career and College *
How to prepare students for college/career via programs in the library and leadership opportunities.

Connecting to What Makes Them Tick *
How to create a schedule of programs to support personal interests, talents, and expertise.

* To view the webinar archives, you will be taken to 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.

Student Video Contest

Thank you to all who entered! The submission and judging periods have ended and AASL, SchoolTube, and Mackin are proud to announce the winning entries:

Elementary School

Town School For Boys
San Francisco, Calif.

Middle School

Harry F. Byrd Middle School
Richmond, Va.

High School

White Plains High School
Anniston, Ala.

View all of the submissions on the 2012 School Library Month contest channel on SchoolTube.com.