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Lives Change @ your library

April is School Library Month – American Association of School Librarians

As a member of the School Library Month Committee, I am excited to share that Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has been named the national spokesperson. The 2014 theme is Lives change @ your library.

The SLM Committee has been busy planning events to help you celebrate School Library Month. Once again students will be able to submit videos showcasing how their school library connects to the theme. Students will need to submit videos by April 15th. New this year, there will be professional development webinars throughout the month.  NYLA President Sara Kelly Johns will be presenting a webinar on “Advocacy” and Councilor-at-Large Paige Jaeger will be presenting a webinar on “Using Technology for Higher Level Thought”.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of School Library Month in New York State. Dr. Lucille Thomas, past president of SSL, then SLMS, first conceived of this idea of celebrating School Libraries in New York State in April of 1974. In 1985 she led AASL in organizing School Library (Media) Month. In Syracuse at our Spring Conference “Expect More“ April 24 – 26, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary.

ALA President, Barbara Stripling is again shining a spotlight on school libraries with her initiative “The Right to Libraries”.  Hosting a signing event at your school library in April is one way to celebrate SLM.  You can find complete information at “The Right to Libraries”.

For complete details go to School Library Month 2014.

You can read more on the history of AASL’s School Library Month.