April 2019 is School Library Month – the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April since 1985, school librarians have been hosting activities to help their school and local community celebrate the library – in particular the major role school library programs play in transforming learning. This is the month where your school library subscriptions come into their own.
The 2019 theme for School Library Month is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library. That means students, educators, parents, from all walks of life. The library crosses all barriers and brings communities closer together.
Fostering a love of reading…
This year’s spokesperson is the New York Times bestselling author Dav Pilkey. Dav overcame dyslexia and ADHD as a child, going on to create award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series. Most significantly, the library played a significant role in Dav’s journey, as he discovered his love of reading through visiting the library with his mom.
You can share on your website, or screen in your library, a video from Dav on the importance of school libraries and reading.
Need some inspiration for School Library Month?
Here are some top tips for drawing in the crowds, and helping your library visitors celebrate School Library Month.
- Host a guest speaker. You could ask a local author to come in and talk about their books. Or, you might find someone who can bring alive a subject that students are currently studying.
- Use the ALA’s printable poster to promote School Library Month and your library’s events. Download here.]
- Hold a session on How to Spot Fake News. Ask students to evaluate websites using the IFLA’s graphic guide, and ask them to discuss their opinions, or even draw up their own guides.
- Use social media to share your ideas for celebrating School Library Month. You can upload pictures or videos to Twitter or Facebook showing events you’re hosting.
- Book clubs are a great way to get people together and share their experiences. And if you start them young, children will become used (if not addicted!) to these group activities.
- Host book tastings. Pick a book genre – mystery, graphic novels, memoirs, young adult fiction, you name it. It’s a great way to introduce readers to new material they might never have considered trying. Make your school library subscriptions really work for you.
- Connect students at your library with students at a different library, like pen pals. You can brainstorm the best ways to do this. Then, they can share their ideas about how they use their library, and create a graphic highlighting their different experiences.
You can find even more ideas on the ALA’s website.
So, get pages turning, and people talking. This is your opportunity to promote your library and the wonderful work it does in your community. School library subscriptions are at the heart of our business, and we’d love for you to share with us examples of the events and initiatives you’ve hosted for School Library Month!