In Review: School Libraries

April is School Library Media Month

Celebrate School Library Month right along with National Library Week. Read books about libraries and librarians to your elementary students. Show movie clips about libraries and librarians to your middle school and high school students. Or, turn it into a contest and ask your students to find the best book, movie, or website about libraries and/or librarians!

Here are a few of our favorite titles for elementary story times:

  • The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris
  • Goin' Someplace Special by Patrcia McKissack
  • Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins
  • The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
  • The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
  • Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
  • Library Lil by Suzanne Williams
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
  • Mind Your Manners, BB Wolf by Judy Sierra
  • My Librarian is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs
  • Our Librarian Won’t Tell Us Anything by Toni Buzzeo
  • She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain by Philemon Sturges
  • Wild about Books by Judy Sierra

Here are a few of our favorite movies for middle school and high school movie clips:

  • The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
  • The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines
  • The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
  • The Mummy
  • National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

Plus some “Oldies”

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s</li>
  • Desk Set
  • Foul Play
  • Ghost Busters
  • Music Man

Find more info about School Library Media Month.

Professional Networking for School Librarians

“For those of us who connect, teach, share, and lead in new information landscapes. Come play in this exciting learning sandbox! Pose questions in the forum. Add your images and video! Post in the blog.” Check it out at This site was created by Joyce Valenza who also blogs on School Library Journal under Neverendingsearch at described as “A discussion of information fluency, teaching, and learning in the 21st century.”

DOE Report Praises Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program

According to a recent report by the US Department of Education, students attending schools that received grant money from the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) program perform higher on state reading tests than those in schools that didn’t participate in the program. You can read the entire article at

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