A new PSA featuring Academy Award® winning actress and bestselling author Julianne Moore is now available from the AASL as part of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month. In the PSA, Moore speaks to how school librarians empower students to succeed in school and beyond. The PSA and instructions on how to embed the video on school library websites can be viewed at www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2015/psa.
“School libraries make a difference,” said Moore. “I moved around a lot as a young child, and the first place I would visit in a new place was the school library. The librarians guided me, encouraged me, and set the stage for my lifelong love of reading. As educators, school librarians have a tremendous impact on our students’ personal and intellectual growth. School libraries foster creativity, innovation, play, and experimentation and offer a nurturing, and safe place for children to learn. I have a lot of love for librarians.”
Moore has been described as one of the most talented and accomplished actresses of her generation. In 2014, she was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2015 she won both a Golden Globe® and an Academy Award® for her portrayal of Alzheimer’s patient Alice Howland in “Still Alice.” Her current movies include the fantasy adventure “The Seventh Son” and the drama “Maps to the Stars.” In Nov. 2015, Moore will reprise of her role as President Alma Coin in in the final Hunger Games installment, “Mockingjay – Part 2.”
Moore is the bestselling author of the Freckleface Strawberry series, inspired by growing up as a redheaded girl covered in freckles. The books share the message that “the things that make you different also make you, YOU.” The first book in the series has been adapted into “Freckleface the Musical,” and Moore has created two apps based on the series – “Freckleface Strawberry: Monster Maker” and “Freckleface Strawberry Dreamtime Playtime.” Moore is also the author of “My Mom is a Foreigner, But Not to Me,” inspired by her mother who emigrated to the United States from Scotland.
“I know that all school librarians will join me in saying ‘thank you’ to Julianne Moore for agreeing to be the spokesperson for School Library Month and her support of school libraries,” said Terri Grief, AASL president. “Julianne is a high profile star and has graciously agreed to do a PSA for us – great to use for advocacy at your local school! Everyone who sees it will recognize this fabulous Oscar winner and her wonderful commitment to literacy. Thank you so much, Julianne!”
School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) annual celebration of school librarians and their programs. 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 transforming learning.
Author: Jen Habley
Jen Habley is the AASL Manager of Web Communications. She manages the AASL websites, writes press releases, coordinates AASL’s online learning opportunities, and oversees AASL’s web 2.0 tools. When not working, Jen spends time researching her family tree, reading, and watching hockey.