Andy Weir for school libraries in new PSA

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/21/2017

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CHICAGO – A new PSA featuring Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” and spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 2017 celebration of School Library Month, is now available for view and download. In the PSA, Weir speaks to how school librarians empower learning by fostering experimentation and innovation. The PSA is available at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2017/psa.

“As someone who believes in the limitless potential of innovating, tinkering, experimenting and making, Andy Weir knows just how empowering school librarians can be to the students that they work with,” said Suzanne Dix, School Library Month committee chair. “The committee is grateful to have such an impassioned library supporter as our spokesperson!”

“In high school, I was the stereotypical nerdy, unpopular kid,” said Weir. “I got bullied a lot, in no small part because I was a smart aleck. The school library became my sanctuary. It was the one place I could go without encountering the bullies who would harass and belittle me. I’d read random encyclopedia entries—an early version of a ‘Wikipedia Wander.’ Libraries provide more than just knowledge. They provide a venue for learning and contemplation. I wouldn’t be who I am without that little school library and the shelter it provided me.”

AASL President Audrey Church also shared her thanks to Weir, saying, “It is an honor to have Andy Weir, author of ‘The Martian,’ serve as the national spokesperson for School Library Month for 2017. Mark Watney, Weir’s main character in ‘The Martian,’ epitomizes creativity and perseverance, two dispositions that school librarians help students to develop. Please join me in thanking Andy for his support of school libraries as we celebrate School Library Month across the country.”

Each April, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) celebrates School Library Month honoring the work of school librarians and the essential role strong school libraries play in transforming learning. More information and resources on can be found on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/slm.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.