International Association
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International School Library Month

October is International School Library Month (ISLM), an annual celebration of school libraries worldwide. Find ways you can lead the celebration participate and advocate for the importance of school libraries, library professionals, and the students that make them great!


ISLM 2020

The 2020 theme for ISLM is “Finding Your Way to Good Health and Well Being”.  It is based on one of the UNSDG goals i.e. UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 “Good Health and Well Being”. This year we are inviting participants to think about and celebrate the link between books, reading, school libraries, good health and well being. 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 2020 by engaging in projects and activities to explore and express this year’s theme.  We hope that ISLM 2020 will be a wonderfully creative, imaginative worldwide celebration of 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 is please 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: islmbookworm2012@gmail.com

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 and are particularly seeking members from countries not represented by current members. We look forward to working with you to make your ISLM a successful and enjoyable event this year.

Yours sincerely,

Ramandeep, Chairperson, ISLM 2020

Your 2020 ISLM Team: Ramandeep (India),  Breege O’Brien (Ireland), Sunita Malekar (India), Hosea Tokwe (Zimbabwe), Dr. Chhavi Jain (India), Francie Ingram (USA), Sachiko Takiue (Japan), Seema Satti (India), Inez Kinanthi (Indonesia), Abha Singh (India), Claudine Crabtree (Auckland, New Zealand).

SEPTEMBER 2020


ISLM 2020 Poster and Bookmarks

2020 ISLM Poster: Download PNG; Download PDF

2020 ISLM Bookmarks: Download Here


ISLM Projects

Bookmark Exchange Project - Match with other schools around the world and exchange homemade bookmarks made by your students. Bookmark exchanges are made by post

Digital Bookmark Exchange Project - Match with other schools around the world and exchange homemade bookmarks made by your students. Bookmark exchanges are virtually

Skype Project - Connect your classroom with other students around the world through Skype video.

Aussie Books for Zim - a special option for those in Australia. 

Great Reads Awards Reading Activity - reading activity related to the Great Reads Reading Award. 

The Corona Multimedia Showcasean international celebration of creativity in the time of a pandemic.

Well Being Through Reading a digital platform for continually monitoring the link between a student’s attitude to reading and their wellbeing.


ISLM Resources


ISLM Past Projects

Click here to view ISLM Projects submitted by school libraries from around the world from 2019 - Last Year!


What People Are Doing for ISLM Month

Other Ideas for ISLM - Submit your "What people are doing" report by December 13, 2020.



Updated 21 Sept 2020

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