The division of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) encourages us all to celebrate School Library Month. This year is the 30th anniversary of School Library Month and actress Julianne Moore is the spokesperson for 2015. “School libraries make a difference,” said Moore. “… school libraries foster creativity, innovation, play, and experimentation and offer a nurturing, and safe place for children to learn. I have a lot of love for librarians.” Her love of school libraries and librarians is a reminder how much they influence our lives both in student learning as well as in their support of teachers and school administration.
Curriculum support is one of the many roles of school librarians. The National Library of Medicine offers a wealth of K-12 science and health resources to support teacher curriculum as well as providing information support for students and parents’ homework needs. These resources provide valuable information for newsletters, websites, social media, for policies and procedures regarding the health and well-being of students, parents, school staff and the wider community. April 4th is National School Librarian Day. Let us recognize and honor the dedication of these librarians and the vital role they play in keeping their communities healthy and encouraging life-long learning.