Get ready! April is school library month. It’s the time of year to celebrate your library and share your programs with your school community and beyond. The American Association of School Librarians encourages school librarians to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. Learn more about the history of School Library Month.
The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library. The 2019 spokesperson, author Dav Pilkey, knows this to be true from his experiences growing up. “Reading without judgment was a turning point in my life and that is what made me a lifelong reader. Over the years I’ve had the privilege to have met many committed librarians whose passion and dedication to literacy is life changing,” he states on the AASL’s website.
How can you show your community how central the library is to school learning? Here are some ideas.
Have students or staff display their favorite books they recommend. I like using these chalkboard hearts for students to write the reason they recommend the book.
Book Tastings are always a fun way to promote reading in the library. I have had book tastings by topics in specific genres or by multiple genres.
One of my favorite interactive displays is a selfie station where students write reasons they love their school library and then snap a selfie using the library’s iPad.
Makerspaces or book clubs are other programs you can highlight during School Library Month.
Find other ideas on the AASL’s School Library Month website.
What do you do to celebrate School Library Month? Let us know in the comments!