School Library Month is celebrated every April and 2018’s celebration is shaping up to be one of the best yet. The theme this year is Making Connections at Your School Library and the School Library Month Committee has prepared four weeks of activities, programs, and professional development to help you celebrate in your school library.
Week one is focusing on Making Learner Connections at Your School Library. During this week there will be a webinar offered on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:00 p.m. Central with presenter Elizabeth Burns. Join Elizabeth Burns, member of the AASL Standards editorial board, as she leads a guided tour into the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. This highly informative session will investigate the application of the framework in library lessons. She’ll discuss designing and enhancing learner experiences using the Shared Foundations and learner Competencies in the National School Library Standards. Participants will also be introduced to student assessment opportunities provided through the AASL Standards.
Students who feel a connection to the library will naturally want to come back time and time again. Whether you are an elementary, middle, or high school librarian, there are a host of activities on the School Library Month website for you to use with your students to help deepen those connections. During this first week you might set up some reading challenges for your students to complete during the month, or have students create book talks that can be posted in the library for all to see, or even hold a book tasting or blind date with a book. For older students you might look at setting up an advisory board to give your students a voice in your library. Don’t forget that April is also when we celebrate Earth Day, and there are lots of ways to bring that celebration into the library. For more information on these activities or to see the complete list of activities for Making Learner Connections at Your School Library be sure to check out the School Library Month website.
What is one way you plan on Making Learner Connections at Your School Library during the first week of School Library Month? Make sure to use the official hashtags #slm18 and #AASLslm on social media to share your ideas.
Author: Denise Tabscott, SLM Committee Member