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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 2018 theme for ISLM was Why I Love My School Library”. It was based on the annual IASL conference theme of Innovation, Information and Impact of School Libraries”. The are focus for 2018 was on the impact of school libraries and we have chosen a theme wording that we believe will be accessible to all our participants (aged 3 to 20 years). We invited people to celebrate ISLM 2018 by engaging in projects and activities to express why they love their school library. We hope that this year’s ISLM will be a wonderful, worldwide song of joy in and love for 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.

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