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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 2023


The ISLM Team is conducting a poster design contest to celebrate the International School Library Month 2023. The budding artists from all over the world are invited to contribute original creative works based on the ISLM theme 2023 

"The School Library: My Happy Place where Creativity and Imagination flourish." 

The chosen theme would allow the participants to express their fantasies or thoughts about reading; libraries, books and the results would be shown on your creative posters. The winning posters (according to the different categories) would serve as the ISLM's official posters and bookmarks. 

Please note that this Contest is open to: 

  1. K-12, i.e age 3-20 students can participate (Kindergarten, Primary, Middle/Junior High and High/Senior High School Students).

  2. All the Illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult books from all around the Globe are welcome to participate in the Poster Design Contest.

Suggested Guidelines

The creative piece has to: 

  • be unique, original and handmade. And can be designed on A3 or A4 pages; 

  • avoid copyright issues, avoid copying pre-existing ideas from various websites, or incorporate copyright protected characters (e.g., Disney or other comics characters);

  • be realized using one or more techniques (drawing, painting, collage etc.), using pencil, crayons, watercolour, oil paint, and so on. 

Please, kindly note that: 

  • Photographs, other 3D objects, and printouts will not be accepted; 

  • You can send us your artwork and details using the form available at the link provided; 

  • The poster needs to be scanned properly in high resolution. While scanning your poster, make sure that no other object is visible around it;

  • the posters will be displayed during the IASL 2023 Conference in Rome ( 

  • The deadline to submit entries is May 15, 2023. 

  • ISLM Poster Contest participants (pupils/students and professionals - authors, illustrators and designers), while submitting their poster, allow - free of charge - the IASL and the ISLM Team to include their works in the IASL newsletter, website and ISLM webpages, flyers, bookmarks, and other means of communication and publication. 

Aside from that, participants can tell us about their creative posters, the ideas expressed, and the message associated with their poster along with their introduction. All of this may be captured in a 2-minute video and can be shared in the Google form link.

These videos will be displayed on the official social media channels of the IASL, and all participants will receive an e-certificate. 

P.S. Please note that all submitted videos will be considered for sharing on the IASL Facebook page.

You may register and submit your work at the given link: 

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