School Library Month video contest deadline extended

Contact: Stephanie Book

AASL Manager, Communication

(312) 280-4389


For Immediate Release

March 9, 2010

CHICAGO – The deadline for submission to the School Library Month (SLM) video contest, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), is extended through March 18, 2010. There’s still time for members and their students to demonstrate their creativity while promoting the ways their school library program helps their community thrive.

School librarians are encouraged to submit videos to AASL supporting the School Library Month theme "Communities thrive @ your library" and detailing how they help their school community "thrive." This is an opportunity for school librarians to be creative and share why they are essential to their school community. Entries may include an interview with members of a school community, a typical day in the life of a school librarian, or a short skit on why school librarians are essential to a school community.

The winning video will be featured on the AASL Web site, AASL social networking platforms, with possible recognition at AASL conferences. The winner will also receive district access to all L4L webinars and an AASL prize package that includes “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action,” “Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs” and the forthcoming “Planning Guide for Empowering Learners.” Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, March 18, 2010. Entries will be vetted by AASL and the top three will be judged by the entire AASL member community starting March 23, 2010. For complete submission details, visit

School librarians should visit the SLM Web pages regularly to find updated resources to help celebrate SLM within their school and local community. Currently, letters for local legislators and 30 days of activities based on the SLM theme are available to download. Watch for updates about the AASL official SLM spokesperson, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson. In addition, every Wednesday, starting April 7, AASL will offer webinars for school librarians to learn more about the implementation of AASL's program guidelines. School librarians are encouraged to take part in AASL’s social communities on Facebook, Twitter and ALA Connect during the month of April, where library professionals will be sharing information about the activities happening in their school library programs. Visit the AASL Web site ( and AASL blog ( regularly for more information, new resources and activities.

School Library Month, begun in 1985, is celebrated in conjunction with National Library Week (April 12-18). 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 2010 theme is "Communities thrive @ your library."

The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.