It’s School Library Month! I hope you have all been celebrated and honored for the important work that you do, working in collaborative ways to make your library a relevant, student-centered hub of learning for your school. Even if you yourself haven’t been given flowers, gift certificates for massages, or hand made cards from kids, take this opportunity to celebrate the library and the value a well-supported library program brings to teachers, students, and the educational community.
Its a great time to:
-create a short video showcasing some of the highlights of your year so far
-make an infographic of your year in stats
-get students to create a testimonial about what the library means to them
-make a presentation at a school board, PTA meeting, or other stakeholder event
Not feeling creative? Check out tons of great ideas already pinned on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/aaslala/school-library-month/ or borrow an idea from a colleague and make it your own! Let students help! Even the youngest students can help illustrate what they love about their library.
First and foremost, don’t wait for others to celebrate you! Throw your own party and celebrate the great things you’re doing on your campus, and thank your administration for the support they’ve given to library programs this year. Promoting yourself is not a natural thing for most of us, but what better time to do it than our very own month!
Author: Jennifer Laboon
Jennifer LaBoon is the Coordinator of Library Technology in Fort Worth ISD. She serves on the AASL Blog Committee, on the Executive Board of the Texas Library Association, volunteers with a local children’s musical theater group, and is an avid TCU fan.