April is one of my favorite months of the year because April is School Library Month. While school librarians advocate for school libraries 12 months a year, April is a special month of celebration, advocacy, and reflection. I love to wear my library t-shirts, post quotes from students, parents, and community members on social media, and read library trivia over the morning announcements. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and AASL has been gathering resources for the celebration!
The AASL School Library Event Promotion Committee has been working to help school librarians across the nation celebrate School Library Month and we need your help. Part of AASL’s plan involves inviting librarians, authors, students, and administrators to share what they love most about school libraries and we encourage you to join in the celebration by sharing your story. Click THIS LINK to add pictures, quotes, and videos showing the good things happening in your school library. Share the link with learners, authors, and community members to have them share their love of school libraries, too. These contributions to the celebration will be shared on AASL social media during the month of April.
April 2022 marks the 37th year that school librarians have celebrated school library month. Check out School Library Month History to learn about how this celebration was started and then join six school librarians for the “Celebrate School Library Month” webinar on March 15, 2022, at 7 PM (EST). K.C. Boyd (DC), Blake Hopper (Tennessee) , Martha Bongiorno (Georgia), Fallon Farokhi (Kansas), Karina Quilantan-Garcia (Texas), and myself (Louisiana), will share the ways we plan to celebrate in our own schools, districts, and states.
Check out the AASL website and print proclamation templates to send to your school board and department of education. Download graphics that include PowerPoint templates and posters you can use to create your own School Library Month celebration. View spokesperson videos and check out the resources offered to help you advocate for your library. As we get closer to the month of April, stay tuned for brand new resources that will include “grab and go” activities and revolve around the 4 domains at the heart of the AASL Framework for Learners: Think, Create, Grow, and Share. How will you celebrate School Library Month? However you choose to celebrate, be sure to use #AASLslm to share and advocate for all you do.
Author: Amanda Jones
Amanda is the 2021 School Library Journal Co-Librarian of the Year, a 2021 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, the 2020 Louisiana School Librarian of the Year, and a 21 year educator from Watson, LA. She’s a teacher-librarian and certified reading specialist at a 5-6 grade middle school. She is Vice President of the Louisiana Association of School Librarians and is the 2019 AASL Social Media Superstar Program Pioneer. Amanda is an active member of several committees for AASL and is on the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Awards Committee. Visit her library website at lomlibrary.org and/or find out more about her at http://librarianjones.com/.