Sunday, October 25, 2015

Schools : Let's celebrate School Libraries Month !

credits : Chris OBrien

"Without libraries what do we have? We have not past and no future."

Ray Bradbury

No it's not about public libraries. However they very important in our city. It's about school libraries.

School Library Day US

Every October school librarians - United States is in Aprilare encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a students education and career.

International School Library Month

Throughout October, every year, the world celebrates International School Library Month, the perfect time for students to visit their own school library and browse through the hundreds of books and e-books available.

October is the International School Libraries Month. In Portugal, schools celebrate SLM on 26 October 2015This is the reason I am writing today about the SLM, thinking in all students and school libraries that will be celebrating it on the next Monday.

The SLM theme 2015 is "The School Library Rocks"

credits : Peter H. Reynolds

International School Library Month allows those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day, week, or the entire month of October to celebrate the importance of school libraries.

The first International School Library Day was celebrated on 18 October 1999, with the theme, "A Day in the Life..."

The change to International School Library Month was approved by the IASL Board in December 2007.

Kids reading at school library, Canada


"There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing."

Isaac D'Israeli

Activities :

You will find some suggestions to celebrate this day on my post International School Libraries Day 2015 (my blog to Portuguese students and teachers)

However the ISLM is organizing special activities. There is information on the ISLM website to help you. Take part in one of the special activities :

  • ISLM Bookmark Project
The ISLM Bookmark Project involves matched schools making homemade bookmarks - be creative - to exchange with each other.

This year Marie O’Brien of Australia and a team of her school colleagues will co-ordinate the 2015 Bookmark Exchange Project and Skype Project.


The Bookmark Exchange Project is a simple, fun way of sharing the pleasure and delights of books and libraries and of making new friends through school libraries worldwide. If you and your students did not get involved last year perhaps you will this year.

You might wish your students to communicate with each other as you make your bookmarks so that they can learn something about another culture and a different way of life. 

If you don’t want to do either of these things you can simply just swap bookmarks or devise your own activity.

You will be able to register your interest by entering your details into a Google Spreadsheet

If you are unable to use the spreadsheet you can email Marie O'Brien. Register for the project, using either the Google spreadsheet or by email, as soon as possible. For detailed information, visit the ISLM Bookmark Project.

ISLM Skype Project

  • ISLM Skype Project
Would your students like to talk to others in a far away country during ISLM2015? 

Join in the fun! If you would like to be part of the Skype Skype Project, complete the Survey Monkey form to receive a possible match for your school.

If you experience difficulties completing the form or have any queries please contact Marie for assistance.

  • What people are doing for ISLM 2015:

You want to submit your school activities for the ISLM ? Send in your submissions for What people are doing for ISLM 2015 by email to the IASL Secretariat.

For detailed information, visit the ISLM's activities page

Deadline : November 15th 2015

By country : 

You would like to know what other schools from you country are doing? After the deadline, the ISLM website will publish.

Other activities:

In Portugal we have a different activity using social networks. I like it a lot.

Tweeting in SLD

Teachers invite students, parents, other teachers, and school staff to write a #tweet (140 characters) about the importance of school libraries. They will be published at the Twitter school/class account using the hashtag #IMSL15

The best tweets of each class/ group will be delivered to the school librarian. The school librarian choose the most creative to publish on the school library website.

My thoughts:

School libraries in the XXI century must have the books, e-books, e-readers and tablets in order to motivate the new generations.

School libraries meet the needs of all kind of learners. Never forget children's preparation to use e-books, especially the students from disadvantaged social backgrounds or having special needs.

Integrating digital literacy as critical elements for education (all levels) is essential to keep our students happy and captivated at the school libraries.

As I already wrote on this blog, implementing these new digital books is about more than just jumping on the latest technological bandwagon or attempting to reinvent the library and printed books in order to stay relevant.

Le Petit Nicolas pop-up

School libraries must be prepared to introduce innovative devices without forget the enchantment of printed books. The smell of paper, the illustrations, some pop-up for the younger readers, the pleasure to touch or turn the page. Just beautiful gestures that we must keep.

Teachers must be innovative of course. So printed books and e-books are both welcome.

School libraries are integrating learning spaces that values connections between home, school, community, and the world.

Encourage students to be creative and never let them lose their sense of wonder. So let's keep reading all over the year in the classroom, encouraging our students to become lifelong avid readers.

"To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books."

Carlos María Domínguez

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