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Theme: The School Library Rocks


Bookmark Project | Skype Project | What people are doing for ISLM 2015

ISLM Bookmark Project

The ISLM Bookmark Project involves matched schools making homemade bookmarks (any style, shape, etc - be creative) to exchange with each other.

This year, Marie O’Brien of Australia and a team of her school colleagues will co-ordinate the 2015 Bookmark Exchange Project.

The Bookmark Exchange Project is a simple, fun way of sharing the pleasure and delights of books and libraries and of making new friends through school libraries worldwide. If you and your students did not get involved last year perhaps you will this year.

You might wish your students to communicate with each other as you make your bookmarks so that they can learn something about another culture and a different way of life. Alternatively, your students might do an in-depth investigation about each other’s localities. If you don’t want to do either of these things you can simply just swap bookmarks or devise your own activity. What you make of your exchange is entirely up to you.

You will be able to register your interest by entering your details into a Google Spreadsheet

If you are unable to use the spreadsheet you can email Marie O'Brien directly at Please make sure, if you are emailing your information, that you include as much of the following information as you can:

  • your school's name
  • your school's location (city, state/province/country)
  • the grade/grades of the students to be involved
  • the approximate age of the students in each separate group
  • the number of students in each group (this is very important to ensure you are matched to a school or other group of a similar size)
  • your Bookmark Coordinator’s contact information (name and email address - include a contact email where you can be reached during any school holidays)

Matching will be taking place between August and the end of September.

Please note the following:

  • You should aim to send the bookmarks to your matched school in October
  • In order to avoid disappointment for students and teachers in your matched school, please follow through on your bookmark swap commitment.

Please register for the project, using either the Google spreadsheet or by email, as soon as possible. If you have sent us your details and have not had them acknowledged by the end of August please resend them.

For more information assistance contact Marie O'Brien at, Bookmark Project Coordinator

ISLM Skype Project

Coordinator: Marie O’Brien

Would your students like to talk to others in a far away country during International School Library Month? The trick is finding someone in a time zone where you can link up via Skype during a school day.

Join in the fun! If you would like to be part of the Skype Project, please complete the Survey Monkey form to receive a possible match for your school or group.

If you experience difficulties completing the form or have any queries please contact Marie at for assistance.

What people are doing for ISLM 2015

Send in your submissions for "What people are doing for ISLM 2015" by email to the IASL Secretariat at by November 15th, 2015, with the subject line as "ISLM activities".

Include in your email message the following information:

  • Country
  • Name
  • Title of your position
  • School or organization
  • Brief outline of the ISLM activity
  • Web link, if appropriate
  • Up to 6 pictures to accompany your report [more than 6 will not be used on the web)

If you are sending images to accompany your report on ISLM activities please send them as *.jpg. *.png, or *.gif files. Keep them as small as possible, for example under 500KB. Send no more than 6 pictures with your report.

Please note: Submissions received after November 15th , 2015 may not be included on the ISLM "What people are doing" web pages.

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