Library Programming

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Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award is an annual award to a school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year. It consists of (1) a $4,000 cash award; (2) a plaque; and (3) the promotion of the winner as a model program for other school libraries.

School and Public Library Cooperative Programs The AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation offers information on successful partnerships that have developed between school and public libraries.

State Book Award Programs Readers' choice and other book awards from various states.

ALA Sponsored Programming Events

Banned Books WeekBanned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Banned Websites Awareness DayBanned Websites Awareness Day is designed to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), Día is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Library Card Sign Up Month Link to ALA's promotional tools for September's Library Card Sign Up Month.

National Library Week Information about the annual April event.

School Library MonthSchool Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. 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.

Teen Read Weekis an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Teen Read Week started in 1998. Libraries across the world celebrate Teen Read Week with a variety of special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials.

Teen Tech Week Wow your teens with the technology you offer during March's Teen Tech Week!

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Author Visits

Author School Visit Resources Find out which authors might visit your school.

Author School Visits by State Search the alphabetical state list to see what authors live hear you.

Scholastic Invite an Author Tips from Scholastic on hosting a successful author visit. A list of authors that could be contacted is included.

Skype an Author Network Get the information you need to host an author via Skype.

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Book Clubs

Book Clubs in the Library Part 1 and Book Clubs in the Library Part 2 Two sources of information on a school library book club.

School Book Clubs . Benoit, C., Jinkins, A.M., Kresh, K., & Scott, L. (2013). This page provides suggestions for creating and maintaining your book club.

The Impact of Participation in a School Library Book Club on Students' Reading Motivation and Achievement Vannelli, E. (2012, April). This thesis abstract's works cited page offers a varied collection of materials on the subject of school library book clubs.

Starting a Book Club Information about starting a book club from I Love Libraries. This is a resource for beginning any sort of book club, not just those in a school library setting.

Examples of some school library book club websites:

Lincoln Park High School, Illinois

Stanley Middle School, Lafayette, California


Bauer, Caroline Feller Leading Kids to Books through CRAFTS Chicago: American Library Association, 1999. ISB N 978-0-8389-0769-6. Leading Kids to Books through Crafts helps to entertain young patrons and get them excited about reading. Bauer introduces crafts as a way to emphasize and reinforce a story's message. Her programs are designed to meet two objectives: introducing children to interesting new stories and poems, and helping them create a story-related craft to take home.

Fink, Megan, Ed. for YALSA. Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA’s Initiatives Chicago: ALA/YALSA, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8389-8559-5. YALSA has compiled the best YALS articles on teen reading and teen information literacy into one volume, Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA’s Initiatives, launching its new Best of YALS series. Editor Megan Fink, middle school librarian at the Charlotte Country Day School and a former Teen Read Week chair, selected articles to form a manual that will offer guidance to librarians planning their annual events, with advice on best practices, collection development, outreach and marketing, program ideas and more.

Lillian, Jenine for YALSA. Cool Teen Programs for under $100 Chicago: ALA/YALSA, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8389-8523-6. With Cool Teen Programs for under $100, YALSA offers an inspired new guide providing a wealth of fun, creative programming ideas sure to entice teens into the library, all easily replicable and easy on the bottom line. Programs include twists on typical teen fare, such as crafts, food, and technology, as well as those that boost teen creativity, encourage teens to engage their brains, and bring in teens in underserved populations, such as teen parents or immigrants.

Neiburger, Eli. Gamers…in the Library?! The Why, What, and How of Videogame Tournaments for All Ages Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8389-0944-7. Don’t miss out on an entire generation of library users. Follow these practical and proven guidelines to get answers to all your questions. As a leading expert on producing videogame tournaments and events, Neiburger explains why videogame programming holds huge potential for libraries. He offers the complete toolkit.

Pavon, Ana-Elba and Diana Borrego 25 Latino Craft Projects: Celebrating Culture in Your Library Series Chicago: American Library Association, 2003. ISBN 978-0-8389-0833-4. The easy-to-organize projects in this book are organized around important Latino holidays and are inspired by artesenías (Latino folk art) traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. With more than 75 detailed illustrations and step-by-step instructions, the creative activities in this book don't require expensive or hard-to-find materials.

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Other National Programming Events

Read Across America NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

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