School Library Month 2013

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Communities matter @ 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. The 2013 theme is Communities matter @ your library®. Read about the history of School Library Month.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2013 Official Spokesperson

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer and New York Times best-selling author, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has been named the official spokesperson for the 2013 celebration of School Library Month.

Of school libraries, Abdul-Jabbar said, “America’s school libraries are an inexhaustible fountain of knowledge. They provide today’s students with the skills they need to achieve great things in their lives. School librarians help children develop a love of reading and teach them to become critical thinkers. In other words, they are essential to building a child’s greatest asset – their mind.”

Considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, the 7-foot-2 Abdul-Jabbar captured the NBA’s MVP six times, was a 19-time All-Star and was famous for his indefensible skyhook. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in points scored, a record that stands after being retired for nearly 25 years.

A lifelong passion for history led Abdul-Jabbar to author seven best-selling books on various historical subjects. His most recent children’s book, “What Color Is My World,” looks at the lives of little-known African-American inventors.  Abdul-Jabbar is dedicated to bringing history and social studies to children across the globe, using basketball as the language that unites them. His next book, "Sasquatch in the Paint," is due out in Fall 2013 and is loosely based on the challenges Abdul-Jabbar faced while growing up.

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The AASL Advocacy Committee presented a series of 20 minute webinars presented by in conjunction with School Library Month. The archives will soon be available for viewing as part of AASL eCOLLAB


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AASL President Susan Ballard was interviewed by Cumulus Media Partners’ for their community affairs program Caring for KC (Kansas City, MO). Cumulus Media Partners stations include KCMO-AM & 103.7 FM, KCMO-FM, 101 The FOX, KCJK-FM, Magic-FM, The VIBE. Listen to her interview:


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AASL Board Member Val Edwards was interviewed by WKOW 27, Madison, WI's ABC Affiliate. 


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Congratulations to our winners!

“Communities matter @ your library" Video Contest


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It takes a community to build a strong school library program! Contribute to the AASL Community Calendar by submitting an activity that you are sponsoring through your school library this April.


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Decorate your library or library website with the Communities Matter @ your library poster and web graphics!

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There is a large community of support for school librarians and school library programs!

Watch AASL's Twitter and Facebook accounts for daily posts and be sure to share and retweet to spread the word!



Share these audio public service announcements (available in English and Spanish) with your local media.

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What better way to show off your library than to participate in Library Snapshot Day during the month dedicated to school libraries!

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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?