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Celebrate School Libraries every October!

International School Library Month (ISLM) is an opportunity for those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day, week, or the entire month in October to celebrate the importance of school libraries and to celebrate everything great about them. 

The 2019 theme for ISLM is “Let’s Imagine”.  It is based on the 2019 IASL conference theme of “Convergence – Empowerment – Transformation: School Libraries”. This year we are inviting participants to think about and celebrate the link between books, reading and school libraries and the imagination. 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 2019 by engaging in projects and activities to explore and express this year’s theme.  We hope that ISLM 2019 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 please do 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:

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,

Breege O’Brien, Chairperson, ISLM

Your 2019 ISLM Team: Breege O’Brien (Ireland), Sunita Malekar (India), Hosea Tokwe (Zimbabwe), Chhavi Jain (India),  Abha Singh (India) Ms. Ramandeep (India) Seema Satti (India), and Inez Kinanthi (Indonesia).

July 2019

Dr. Chhavi Jain writes: “Kaleidoscope patterns are endless and give wings to imagination. Every pattern is different and kids can imagine a number of things with these patterns. In this pattern I can imagine books in all four directions, and children with books. Every pattern can set a story …. .”

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