School Library Month offers opportunities to celebrate the indispensable role of school librarians

CHICAGO – Each April during School Library Month, our nation celebrates the essential role of strong school libraries in transforming learning.

For this year’s celebration, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), sponsor of School Library Month, is encouraging school libraries to raise awareness of their unique contribution to both teaching and learning.

AASL provides an easy way for those wishing to celebrate the month to create a customized celebration by selecting from a variety of graphics, spokesperson videos, resources, and programming ideas.   

Various themes are available for download. Each package includes social media graphics, a PowerPoint template, and a poster. The resources contain powerful messages emphasizing school libraries as welcoming places that empower students and transform learning.

Videos from past School Library Month spokespeople – including Dav Pilkey, Jason Reynolds, and Julianne Moore – provide powerful testimony about the value of school libraries – and can be downloaded to school library websites or sharing over social media.

In addition, there are a host of other resources and programming ideas to enrich the celebration – including galleries of quotes from authors and school library ambassadors, an Open Education Resources toolkit, and the AASL Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens activity guide.

Throughout April AASL will not only celebrate the accomplishments of school librarians during the past year of pandemic learning, but will also be announcing the recipients of its prestigious awards program.

For more information on School Library Month, visit www.ala.org/aasl/slm or follow #AASLslm.

School Library Month is celebrated each April, coinciding with the American Library Association’s (ALA) celebration of National Library Week. For more information on National Library Week, please visit ILoveLibraries.org/NLW or follow #NationalLibraryWeek.  

 

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Originally published at https://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2021/03/school-library-month-offers-opportunities-celebrate-indispensable-role-school

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