AASL Commends Bookmarks Kids & Schools Program

For Immediate Release
Fri, 12/09/2022


Jennifer Habley

AASL Manager, Members & Chapters

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)



CHICAGO – Acting upon a resolution submitted by the North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) formally commended the Bookmarks Kids & Schools Program. The program is one of eleven outstanding programs, events, and products nominated by AASL Chapters for their support of the school librarian profession and the learners the profession serves.  

“The Bookmarks Kids & Schools Program supported multiple initiatives to provide culturally relevant books and financially support author visits in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. This initiative aligns with the AASL values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and learning,” said Kathy Lester, AASL President. “Congratulations to the Bookmarks Kids & Schools Program for their work in promoting and supporting equitable access to books and author visits.” 

“Thank you to NCSLMA members Liz Noland and Brita Mann for submitting nominations for the Bookmarks Kids & Schools and the Promising Pages programs respectively to ensure these organizations get the recognition deserved for the work they do,” said NCLSMA Delegate Jenny Umbarger. 

"We are thrilled to have these North Carolina programs recognized by the American Association of School Librarians for their contributions to and support of our schools, school libraries, and most importantly our students,” added Laura Aldridge, NCSLMA delegate. 

To be considered for an AASL commendation, programs must align with the principles expressed in the national association's mission and value statements. The full list can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/commendations

The AASL Chapters provide a channel of communication between AASL-affiliated school library organizations and the AASL Board of Directors. An AASL Chapter nominates outstanding programs, events, and products for official AASL commendations, which are then reviewed and approved by the AASL Board of Directors for national recognition. 

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