Celebrate all month—or pick a day or a week—whatever your schedule allows. This calendar of activity ideas, author and ambassador quotes, and professional development links will help you along the way.
Suggested Daily Activity
Why We Love Our Library: Create a bulletin board inside/outside of your library. Ask students, staff, and administration to answer the following question: “What do you love about your library?” Use post-it notes or cardstock cutouts to post these answers all over the bulletin board to create a beautiful display of what your school community loves about the library. It is a great way to show and celebrate the value and appreciation for the school library program.
Suggested Activities by Grade
- Elementary: Ask students to help create a display of book spines that will make a rainbow
- Middle and High: Have students find book spines to create lines of poetry. (Find all sorts of inspiration on Pinterest. Search “book spine poetry.”)
Professional Development Link of the Day
National Library Week and National Library Workers Day! #nlw16 #nlwd2016
Take a look at educational technologist Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything…be prepared to get some wonderful ideas!
School libraries transform learning by providing an environment which encourages discovery. Discovery of truth, of secrets, of fantasy and the answers to life’s questions. Some schools have libraries with crackling fireplaces, deep armchairs and fresh flowers, and some have windowless, basement libraries with worn carpets and sagging shelves. But if there are books on those shelves, and a patient, kind, resourceful, passionate, appreciated librarian, both these libraries can transform a child’s life. ~Sophie Blackall, illustrator of Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
Author: Suzanne Dix, AASL #slm16 Chair