April is National School Library Month: Communities Thrive@Your Library

School libraries are the foundation of our culture, not luxuries. ~Laurie Halse Anderson

April 2010 is National School Library Month!  What is School Library Month?  From ALA and AASL:

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career. The 2010 theme will be “Communities Thrive @ your library.”

This year, AASL observes the 25th Anniversary of School Library Month (SLM).  Read about the history of School Library Month and download SLM proclamation templates.

AASL has posted the 25th anniversary logo for you to download and developed a flyer with 30 days of activities to help you celebrate SLM!

The amazing YA author, Laurie Halse Anderson, is this year’s official spokesperson for School Library Month.

How can you participate?  ALA and AASL have provided a treasure trove of resources and ideas to help you celebrate and contribute to conversations about the importance of school libraries?

Share with others the excitement as you observe the 25th anniversary of School Library Month and celebrate with school and community activities at your libraries. Communities Thrive @ your library. Be a contributor to the AASL online communities and post about what you’re doing to advocate for your program this School Library Month.

ALA Connect – Join the SLM Community in ALA Connect.
AASL Blog – Share the excitement with the tag slm2010.
Facebook Fan Page– Get the latest AASL news and updates on SLM.
Facebook Group Page – Connect with the school librarian community.
Twitter – Hash tag your tweets with #slm2010.
Flickr – Tag your photos and videos with tag slm2010.
YouTube – Post videos and slideshows with tag slm2010.

Professional development opportunities and a video contest are also ways to participate, grow, and learn! Check out the resources and information by visiting the ALA/AASL School Library Month page; in addition to these resource, you’ll also find ways to invite your legislators to participate in your library, advocacy resources, and public service announcements—this page is truly loaded with exceptional strategies and ideas!

About Buffy J. Hamilton

I am a writing and Language Arts teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss. I began my career as a high school English teacher in 1992 and then became a high school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker before returning to the classroom in August 2016.

Posted on April 6, 2010, in Advocacy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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