Share How Your School Library Program Helps Your Community Thrive

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is hosting a video contest in conjunction with School Library Month for members and their students to share how their school library program helps their community thrive.

School librarians are encouraged to submit videos to AASL that support the 2010 School Library Month theme “Communities thrive @ your library” and detail how the library helps their school community thrive. This is an opportunity for school librarians to be creative and share why they are essential to their school community.

Entries may include an interview with members of a school community, a typical day in the life of a school librarian, or a short skit on why school librarians are essential to a school community.

The winning video will be featured on the AASL Web site, AASL social networking platforms, and possibly at AASL conferences. The winner will also receive district access to all L4L webinars and an AASL prize package including Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action, Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs, and the forthcoming Planning Guide for Empowering Learners. Submissions will be accepted through March 1, 2010. Entries will be vetted by AASL and the top three will be judged by the entire AASL member community starting March 8, 2010. View complete video submission details.

School librarians should visit the School Library Month Web pages regularly to find updated resources to help celebrate School Library Month within their school and local community. Currently, letters for local legislators and thirty days of activities based on the School Library Month theme are available to download. Watch for updates about the AASL official School Library Month spokesperson, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson. In addition, every Wednesday, starting April 7, AASL will offer webinars for school librarians to learn more about the implementation of AASL’s program guidelines. School librarians are encouraged to take part in AASL’s social communities on Facebook, Twitter, and ALA Connect during the month of April, where library professionals will be sharing information about the activities happening in their school library programs.

Visit the AASL Web site and AASL blog regularly for more information, new resources and activities.

School Library Month, begun in 1985, is celebrated in conjunction with National Library Week (April 12–18). 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 American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.