International School library Month 2018

International School Library Month (ISLM) is an opportunity for those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day, week, or the entire month in October to celebrate the importance of school libraries and to celebrate everything great about them.


The 2018 theme for ISLM is “Why I Love My School Library”. It is based on the annual IASL conference theme of “Innovation, Information and Impact of School Libraries”. This year we are focusing on the impact of school libraries and we have chosen a theme wording that we believe will be accessible to all our participants (aged 3 to 20 years). We are inviting them to celebrate ISLM 2018 by engaging in projects and activities to express why they love their school library.  We hope that this year’s ISLM will be a wonderful, worldwide song of joy in and love for the school library.

The ISLM team facilitates a number of activities that you might like to participate in as part of the celebration and no doubt you will also have your own ideas for how best to make the most of ISLM in your libraries.  No matter how big or small your school library please do consider getting involved.

ISLM is open to everybody, whether you are a member of IASL or not, so spread the word and start gearing up for a super time for ISLM this October! And remember,  you can tell everybody about your ISLM by sending information and photos to our “What People are Doing for ISLM” page.

For general queries about ISLM, please contact me at:

The ISLM Team is a group of volunteers whose enthusiasm for school libraries has prompted them to join the ISLM Committee to work together to organise and facilitate International School Library Month. We welcome queries about new members at any time. We look forward to working with you to make your ISLM a successful and enjoyable event this year.

Yours sincerely,

Breege O’Brien, Chairperson, ISLM

International Association of School Librarianship


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