Recognizing School Librarians in April and All Year Long #AASLslm

From the American Association of School Librarians: Recognizing School Librarians in April and All Year Long

FROM ALA:

Description and History
School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and school libraries. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school libraries play in transforming learning.The AASL efforts for a national School Library Month were spearheaded by Lucille Thomas, chair of the School Library Media Month Committee. Thomas was appointed by President Judy King in 1983. Their work came to fruition on April 1, 1985, when AASL officials, local and national dignitaries got the first School Library Month off to a rousing start with a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol. Learn more about the history of School Library Month.

Related Events
School Librarian Day: April 4
National Library Week: April 7-13
Right to Read Day: April 8
National Library Workers Day: April 9
National Library Outreach Day: April 10
Take Action for Libraries Day: April 11

This list is dedicated to recognizing school librarians who bring their knowledge, expertise, and experience into the best learning environment. 
Photo Credit: AASL

Top 10 Reasons to Recognize School Library Month and School Librarians

red, blue, and yellow helium balloons on a stringTEN!

School librarians are information experts. If they don’t know the answer, they know how to find it. Because they understand how to search, search laterally, and access the accurate, curate, and authoritative resources, they can save time and frustration. I like to think of them as the gurus of all things information.

red, blue, and yellow helium balloons on a stringNINE!

School librarians are inherently helpful. They help match books with students and collaborate with teachers. They are willing to lend a hand however needed. I’ve witnessed school librarians tying shoes, zipping jackets, and stopping traffic on morning bus duty. I’ve seen school librarians taking tickets at sporting events and coaching the middle school volleyball teams and baseball teams in their “spare” time.

red, blue, and yellow helium balloons on a stringEIGHT!

School librarians have got game. The recent trend of card and tabletop gaming didn’t leave librarians behind. They went out and purchased Dungeons and Dragons, Risk, and other games so that students could spend time socializing and playing games in the library.

red, blue, and yellow helium balloons on a stringSEVEN!

School librarians are learners! Being a school librarian means always being willing to learn new things. This can be learning about trends in technology, learning to do a diversity audit, or learning a new computer program. The point is, we celebrate school librarians for being constant learners. There are constantly Twitter chats and Facebook conversations sharing learning and ideas. It’s a great community to belong to.

red, blue, and yellow helium balloons on a stringSIX!

School librarians are adventurous. They can take their classes to a whole new place in time and space by reading amazing books! They can explore countries and cultures using databases and web resources. A school librarian’s sense of adventure can inspire generations of students to learn to love reading.

red, blue, and yellow helium balloons on a stringFIVE!

School librarians live on the edge. I’ll admit this one is a little gross. School librarians live on the edge when they are handed books to be checked in by students that look, well, shall we say, like they have seen better days? Snot, food, even a slice of cheese used as a bookmark have not stopped school librarians from doing what they do best and connecting kids with books.

Now read the TOP FOUR reasons on how we can Recognize School Librarians in April and All Year Long on AASL’s Knowledge Quest.

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