10 Ideas to Celebrate School Library Month

10 Ideas to Celebrate School Library Month

Students reading books together at the library during School Library Month

School libraries and librarians play a crucial role in the education of children and teens, from instructing how to research, to providing a location for book clubs and makerspaces, to offering access to a wide variety of media resources (not just books!), including materials for both student research and for educators to use in classes and as part of their curricula. It’s no secret that school libraries improve students’ academic performance, and School Library Month is a great time to remind students, parents, and faculty of the myriad wonderful things they can find there. We’ve put together a list of ten things school librarians and media specialists can do this School Library Month to encourage patrons to “check out” the library.

“The Masked Reader”

Select four or five teachers, librarians, or students to make videos of themselves reading a poem while obscuring their identity in a fun way; they can wear masks or funny costumes, speak in weird voices, use a funny camera filter, or anything else they’d like. (For ideas on poems they can recite, check out Circle Time for Spring [Item #211648].) Upload the videos to Learn360, which features a custom content upload option that can be used for activities just like this one. Once a week, at the beginning of the school day, announce clues about the day’s reader. When the school day ends, have the students watch that reader’s video and vote on who they think the masked reader is. 

"Circle Time for Spring," available on Learn360

Send Newsletters

Send out a newsletter highlighting events and new content you have at the library, and not just to students—parents and school staff would benefit from a newsletter update as well, as many of them are unlikely to know what’s new at the library unless they wander in. You can use the newsletter to highlight new and the most checkout books as well as any new content that’s available in online resources like Learn360. (Learn360 subscribers receive an email with a link to the most recently added titles every month, making it easy to find and highlight new favorites. Users can also select “Only show recently added videos (Last 30 days)” in Advanced Search to bring up the most recently added titles.) 

Book “Tasting”

Host a “book tasting,” allowing students to sample different books before reading them to introduce them to new books and to encourage them to read more. Book tasting can be online, too—have students check out some of the literature-related content on Learn360, including the Literature Classics series from Makematic (Item #285508), which offers brief summaries and histories of classic novels including Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and more. Younger students can also find animated storybooks from Vooks for book tasting, many of which come with lesson plans for educators. And check out Learn360’s Storybooks Topic Center for more storybook ideas for book tasting. 

The Literature Classics series from Makematic, available on Learn360

Book Character Day

Challenge students to dress up as their favorite book character (or character from a video on Learn360). Encourage teachers to pair classes up to read books together or bring students on a field trip to the library in costume! To help your students get into their roles, have them perform some of the activities you can find in Character Traits and Actions (Learn360 Item #211100). 

"Character Traits and Actions," available on Learn360

Book Trailers

You’ve heard of movie trailers, but have you heard of book trailers? Like a movie trailer, book trailers are short videos that highlight the best parts of the book but leave an open ending that can only be filled by reading it. Create book trailers for any books you wish to highlight and then upload them to Learn360. You can even build a slider of book trailers that will appear on the Learn360 homepage, right where students can see them. Learn how to make your own book trailers with this free two-part workshop

Throw a Staff Party

Host a staff party with displays, snacks, raffles, slideshows, and other fun stuff to highlight the content and services educators can find at the library to encourage them to use it more often and point students toward it. Offer them a tour of the library and its resources, including the digital ones like Learn360. Subscribers can show off Learn360’s user-friendly, educator-designed platform and its wealth of videos, interactives, printables, audio content, and other media, perfect for lesson planning and student research.

Name That Library Cart: Put It to a Vote!

Challenge your students to think of pun-filled names for the library carts and shelves around the library—Shelf Silverstein, Carti B, Kartniss Everdeen, Dolly Carton, etc. Then, hold a vote to decide on the different names. Not only is this a fun way to teach young people about the library, but the voting process is an opportunity to discuss how elections work

Pass the Parcel

Put together a playlist of Learn360 titles—it can be videos, games, interactives, songs, etc.—that discuss or highlight one of your favorite books, then pay a visit to a classroom and share that favorite book with the students (feel free to work with the teacher beforehand to pick the list of titles). Wrap the book in layers of wrapping paper, and play music as you pass the book around. When the music stops, whoever is holding the book must unwrap a layer. Let the student who removes the final layer from the book choose a Learn360 title from the playlist you put together for the class to watch.

A Visit from an Author

If your budget allows, have a popular or local author visit the library to talk about their latest book and answer any questions from the audience. Even students who are reluctant readers may be interested in listening to what the special guest has to say—and it might inspire them to read their books! If you have permission from the author to do so, record the event to upload to Learn360 or the library’s website afterward. 

Library Scavenger Hunt 

Holding a library scavenger hunt is a great way to get students to explore the library and all it has to offer. Put together a worksheet of questions that can only be answered with the library’s resources or by looking around the library, such as “Find a graphic novel with an author whose name starts with A” or “How many atlases are in the library’s reference section?” Set a time by which the hunt must be completed. Once the scavenger hunt is done, gather the worksheets and check the answers; feel free to bring out snacks and play music while the students wait. Optionally, you may give a small reward to the team that wins, like bookmarks (Learn360 Item #211121) or certificates

Bookmarks you can find on Learn360

Although many scavenger hunts in libraries focus on print media, you can certainly expand the hunt to include your online resources, including Learn360 and many other Infobase products. Here are some trivia questions to get you started. 

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See also:


“8 Ideas for School Library Month and National Library Week.” Staying Cool in the Library (blog). April 4, 2023. https://www.stayingcoolinthelibrary.us/8-ideas-for-school-library-month-and-national-library-week/ 

Bogan, Kelsey. “Preparing for School Library Month!” Don’t Shush Me: Adventures of a High School Librarian. March 9, 2019. https://dontyoushushme.com/2019/03/09/preparing-for-school-library-month/ 

Saber, Arielle. “Explore NYPL After School: Library Scavenger Hunts.” NYPL Blog. New York Public Library. January 11, 2024. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2024/01/11/explore-nypl-after-school-library-scavenger-hunts 

Library Scavenger Hunt. James A. Garfield Senior High School. Accessed March 12, 2024. https://www.garfieldhs.org/apps/news/article/48294

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