International Association
of School Librarianship

International School Library Month 2013      

   School Libraries: Doorways to Life

  What people are doing for ISLM 2013

Croatia | Hungary | India | Indonesia | Nigeria | Pakistan | Poland | Portugal | Qatar | Romania
Russia | Seychelles | Slovenia | South Africa | Thailand | Ukraine | Zimbabwe

Medan International School, Medan, Indonesia (1)
Submitted by:  Imelda Hutabarat, School Librarian,

To celebrate the International School Library Month this year, we had a poster competition. The competition was opened for the PYP and MYP students. It was announced on September 23, and the students had 3 weeks to prepare their posters. There were 25 posters received, and 22 students participated in the competition. started from kindergarten to Grade 7. The PYP students made posters about their favorite books or characters and the MYP students made posters that reflect on the 2013 theme. On October 11th, which was our last day of school of term 1, the winners were announced in the assembly.

This activity reminded the school community’s about the importance of the library, as well as created much fun. Each participant got a participation award and a little gift, and the winners got awards and prizes, there were 7 students who became the winners.

SD Cijati 1 and SD Cijati 2 Elementary Schools, Indonesia (2)
Submitted By:  Herika Rainathami,

I'm setting up a reading corner in a school that doesn't have a library yet. This is a self-funded program.  SD Cijati 1 and SD Cijati 2 are planning to build a library next month.  Before the library is build, I ask for a room to set up a reading corner for promoting books to the children.  I set up the room on October 12, 2013. The next day (October 19, 2013) we're having a storytelling day and the students from Cijati elementary school are enjoying it so much, they ask for more stories again and again.  Afterwards we are playing three fun games.  I ask my Diploma Students to also fill in for storytelling and playing games.

Abadina Media Resource Centre, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Submitted By:  Fadekemi Oyewusi, Acting Director,

The ISLM was celebrated for the first time by Abadina Media Resource Centre, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Several activities took place to celebrate with school children in six different primary and secondary school. The schools which included both government and private schools were visited on different days during the month. African folk media (poems, dance, drums and drama) was used to disseminate information on the ISLM theme “School Libraries: Doorways to life”.

The ISLM began with an awareness programme on Television to discuss the importance of the ISLM theme for 2013 and libraries. Before October, the six selected schools were informed about ISLM and they were encouraged to take part in ISLM activities by rehearsing different African folk stories using different media for their ISLM activity.

The schools used African Dance, Drama, Poems and talking drums to inform other students about “Libraries as door ways to life”. In each school after the children’s presentation, a colleague and I talked to the students about the ISLM theme.
A poster was also produced by the graduate students in the Centre and distributed to the schools. With these ISLM awareness programmes in Nigerian schools, much fun awaits the children during ISLM next year!!

Happy Home School, Pakistan
Submitted By:  Farhat Jabeen, Head Librarian,

The following activities have been planned for this year:      
1.   Bookmarks Exchange Project:
Primary students (7 – 11 year-olds) & Secondary students (12 – 15 year-olds) will write comments about the ‘HHS CLOVER Reading Programme’ on CLOVER Bookmarks which will be shared with schools from the USA and Ireland.

‘CLOVER’ (Creating a Love of Reading) is a reading programme designed to inculcate the reading habits amongst students. After the morning assembly, when students enter their classes, they choose a book to read from a CLOVER Box kept in each class. This ‘CLOVER Period’ lasts for 20 minutes and students do no other activity except reading during this time. In fact, even the teacher present in the class participates in this activity by reading a book of her choice. Students and teachers are free to choose any book from the box.

Assembly presentations on the theme:
School Libraries – Doorways to life
CLOVER – Importance of books and reading habits

2.  Preparation of Class and School Bulletin Boards:
Related to the theme of International School Library Month
 ‘School Libraries – Doorways to life’               
3.  To promote reading skills, the following activities will be done during library Periods:
 (i)  Making a list of favourite story books                                                         
 (ii) Making a list of new words                                                                               
 (iii) Making vocabulary cards                                                          
 (iv) Making a list of phrasal verbs                                                                       
 (v)  Sharing quotes on reading                                                                
 (vi)  Book Review Competition                                                                
 (vii)Sharing of story books which students have read (Individual/Group presentations)
 (viii)Interactive reading   (Individual/Group presentations)   
4.  Elocution      

5.  Story Book Character Day
8-10-year-old students will dress up as one of the characters of their choice from a book they have read. Mrs. Zara Mumtaz a popular story-teller and the author of Anna Buwa Ki Kahaniyan will tell stories.

6.  Display of Book Reviews, Reading Quotes, List of Vocabulary words, List of Favourite Stories and Bookmarks, made by students in classrooms and library periods.

7.  Book Fair
A book fair will be held in the school campus where books for different ages will be offered at reduced prices.                                                                                                                    

With everyone’s support and cooperation we look forward to making this year a huge success.

Primary School Nr 6, Siedlce, Poland
Submitted By: Iwona Cymerman, School Librarian,

As most school libraries in Poland we are fighting to survive and remain a “Doorway to Life”!  The year 2013 has been celebrated as Julian Tuwim’s Year.  Tuwim was an absolutely fantastic poet.  He wrote many unforgettable poems for kids. His rhymes have been enjoyed by our grandparents, parents as well as by our children. We all still can have fun reading “Locomotive”,“Turnip” or other stories…  Many of Tuwim’s rhymes were translated into foreign languages, which was quite a challenge for the translators.

…”The wheels start a rattlin’, clatterin’, chatterin’
    Chung along, tug along, chug along, tug along!...”


October 2013 was all “Tuwimian” in our school library.  We organized a series of events – “Tuwimpic Games”, which included (among others):
  •     Locomotive goes reading
  •     Library as a turnip field –
  •     Foreign Affairs of Tuwim  (Locomotive goes abroad – to Russia, Germany,Great Britain & USA)
  •     Rhymes & Rythms  – Tuwim with a professional singer


Grouping of Schools Afonso de Albuquerque Guard, Guarda, Portugal (1)
Submitted by:  Mónica Martins,

Celebration intense month of BE, visiting two writers, awareness sessions with a dental hygienist under the SOAR project (Oral Health, School Libraries), celebration of World Food Day and finally in last day of the month, launching the story contest in partnership with the Municipal Library Eduardo Lourenço.

Group of Schools Rosa Ramalho, Barcelinhos, Portugal (2)
Submitted by: Armanda Canário,


Grouping of Schools Sophia de Mello Breyner, Arcozelo, Portugal (3)

School EB 2,3 Alpendorada, Portugal (4)
Submitted By:  Carlos Matias, Teacher Librarian,
Students are welcomed with the training of users of the school library and some fun activities for school integration, as the confection of bookmarks.  A helpful reminder for future readings.

School Library Grouping Rio Tinto No. 2, Portugal (5)
Submitted By: Manuela Maria Cachada Baptista and Amélia Monteiro, Teacher Librarians

Our School Library celebrated the International School Library Month 2013 by promoting the following activities:
Participation in the “IASL Bookmarks Project 2013” with different groups of students (3rd year, 6th year and students with special needs. This year we exchanged bookmarks with students from Canada, Croatia, Hong Kong and India;
  •     Bookmarks Exhibition from different countries;
  •     Energizing sessions of tales time for younger students;
  •     Visit to the School Library of all the 5th grade classes in order to develop library skills;
  •     Energizing a workshop for parents with the theme “ How to help my son in research work”;
  •     Celebration of the “National School Library Day” (28th October);
  •     Sending information to the local press.
This  participation is experienced every years  with great enthusiasm by the Educational Community.


Group of Schools Judice Fialho, Portimão (Algarve) , Portugal (6)
Submitted By:  Sandra Mendes, Librarian Teacher,

Brief outline of the ISLM activity: ISL Day
  •     Library-Paper with the youngest students (5th grade)
  •     Reading sessions with the oldest students (9th grade)
  •     Changing bookmarks
  •     "Most Famous Librarys" exhibit
  •     Students interviewed other students, adults and parents about libraries - questions were developed by 6th grade students
  •     Reading sessions with parents

ACS Doha International School, Doha, Qatar

Submitted by: Maribeth Ibay Dela Peña, Lower School Librarian,

In celebration of International School Library Month, ACS Doha International School took part through the following programs:

In celebration of International School Library Month, ACS Doha International School took part through the following program:

  • “Share to Care, Donate A Book” campaign- students from KG to Grade 10 can donate slightly used books. Collected books will be given to a “less privileged” School Library in Qatar.
  • A Book Fair on October 28-31 in both Learning Hubs (libraries)
  • Book cover design and a 3-D Book model-  done during Library and Art classes
  • Shelfmarkers design by After School Library Club members
  • “Mystery Librarians” read an Award Winning book to Grade 1-3 library classes. Volunteers for the  role came from Friends of the Library (parents) and staff.
  • Buddy Reading between Grade 4-5 and Grade 6-8

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