April is School Library Month, a time to recognize libraries and librarians, as well as school media centers and school media specialists. The month-long celebration happens at a great time in the school year. After all, at this point students and faculty can both use some out of the ordinary events to stay motivated and engaged through the end of the year. Here are some ideas for making this year’s School Library Month memorable:
1) Challenge students to a poetry contest – Select a theme that will resonate with students and let their poetic creativity lead the way. Make age-appropriate poetry books readily available to help get your young writers started.
2) Create a library scavenger hunt – Encourage healthy competition and help students discover library resources they may not be aware of. Whether your library is digitally driven, full of thick reference books or a mixture of both, students will have fun and probably be surprised by some of the resources in the collection.
3) Host an evening at the library – Give parents a chance to attend an open house at the library along with their children. Create an atmosphere that’s warm and inviting. Help parents understand what the library can offer their students in terms of literacy and research support.
The activities listed above are a great fit with the American Association of School Librarians theme for this year’s School Library Month: You Belong at Your Library. Be sure to visit its official site for more information and suggestions on celebrating all month long. How do you plan to get students involved in School Library Month?