International Association
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ISLM 2013 "School Libraries: Doorways to Life"


2013 Characters

Download the 2013 ISLM character resources by clicking on the images below. Images are to be used for promoting International School Library Month and are NOT for commercial purposes.

 Character Color image, no background
(png files)
Black line drawing, white background (jpg files)  Bookmarks (jpg files)
 Beyonce Book  
 Ernesto eReader

 Indiana iPad

 Ivan iPod

 Leon Laptop

 Molly Magazine

 Natalia Newspaper

 Podraigh Poster

 "Multi-Media" (multi-character) __________  __________ 

2013 ISLM Poster

ISLM 2013 Poster (jpg)

ISLM 2013 Poster (pdf)

ISLM 2013 Poster (pub) Microsoft Publisher Professional 2010 (text can be replaced with local language)
ISLM Theme Translations - Coordinator: Gerri Judkins
  • Arabic: المكتبات المدرسية: بوابات معرفة الحياة
  • Chilean:  Bibliotecas Escolares: Abren las puertas a tu vida
  • Chinese: 跨 进学校图书馆的世界, 丰富我们的母语及人生。
  • Dutch:  Schoolbibliotheken en mediatheken  : De ingang naar je toekomst
  • Finnish: Koulukirjastot: Ovia elämään
  • Hindi:   विद्यालय - पुस्तकालय : जीवन का मार्गदर्शक
  • Hungarian: Iskolai könyvtár: ajtót nyit a világra
  • Indonesian: Perpustakaan Sekolah: Gerbang Kehidupan
  • Italian: Biblioteche di scuole: corridoi per la vita
  • IsiZulu: Umtapo wezincwadi esikolweni: Imvulandlela yempilo
  • Japanese:
  • 京都産業大学 文化学 部
  • Maori (New Zealand): Ngā Puna Mātauranga ā-Kura: Te Ara Poutama
  • Mongolian: Сургуулийн номын сан: Амьдралд хөтлөх үүд хаалга
  • Ndebele (Zimbabwe): Iziphala zesikolo zolwazi lengwalo: Zivula amasango empilo
  • Philippines: Silid-aklatan: Pinto ng Buhay
  • Polish: Biblioteki Szkolne: Drogi Do Zycia
  • Portuguese: Bibliotecas Escolares: Uma Porta para a Vida
  • Russian: Школьные библиотеки: двери в жизнь
  • Thai: แนวทางสู่ ความสำเร็จในชีวิต
  • Turkish:  Okul kütüphaneleri: hayata açılan pencere

Elementary School Vladimir Nazor, Nevidane (Island of Pašman), Croatia (1)

Submitted By:  Nikolina Dolfic, School Librarian,

Nevidane (read:Nevijane) is situated on the island of Pašman (read: Pashman), which is a part of the Zadar archipelago. The island is connected by a regular ferryline from Zadar.  This Island and our little village is recognizable by olive trees and by our school – Elementary school Vladimir Nazor. School is attended by 136 pupils from 1st to 8th grade (pupils from 6 to 14 years old).

This year for the first time we become part of Bookmark project and we are very happy to co-operate with International British School from Lagos, Nigeria. In this project we involved 45 pupils from 5th to 8th grade and each pupil made his own bookmark. The idea was to present our country in the best way, so pupils drew some important people from Croatian history, cultural heritage and natural beauties of our country. We also learned a lot about Nigeria and pupils made posters about Nigeria and city of Lagos.

International School Library Month is almost at the same time like Croatian Book Month so this is most exciting and the most interesting month of the school year. We have a lot of extracurricular activities, workshops and fieldworks.  We organize quizzes, loud readings, art workshops, theater plays, we are watching movies and so on. During the ISL Month our school library is definitely most crowded place in the school.

We also made a short movie for our friends from Lagos. You can see it on this link:

Monte Zaro Primary School, Pula, Croatia (2)
Submitted By:  Dragica Pršo, Librarian,, Mirjana Ajhorn, English Teacher

In the occasion of the International Month of the School Libraries we have made workshops in the sixth grades. This year the topic was: School Libraries – Doorway to Life. The project has been successfully realized by the students, the English teacher and the school librarian.

We have made bookmarks with national motifs, such as  Glagolitic script, Croatian flag, chess-board, autochthonous plants and animals, historical monuments, etc.

We have shared our bookmarks with Collinstown Park Community College, Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland.

School Librarian's Association, Hungary

Submitted By: Veronika Kámán,

On the occasion of International School Library Month, School Librarian’s Association, Hungary (HSLA) announces the following contests:
        - "How I imagine a future school library in 50 year's time" (for students)
        - "Create a codex about your school library" (for students)
        - "How I teach the topic "library system" (for teacher librarians)

Also Hungarian Association of School Librarians calls for nominations to HSLA Commemorative Medal, given as an appreciation for prominent school librarians.  Announcement of the results and the introduction of winner competitors will take place on the Autumn Conference of the Association.  The Autumn Conference will be held in Budapest, at National Széchényi Library. For more information please visit or contact Mrs Szakmári Klára, President of HASL (

G.D. Goenka World School, Sohna, India (1)

Submitted by: Madhu Bhargav, Dean of Libraries,

This year to celebrate International School Library week, our students have worked day and night. They had put up assemblies, an exhibition on international sports including coming up Common Wealth Games to be commenced in 2014 at Glasgow, Scotland.  Highlight of the exhibition was 'Wall of Fame". This Wall had been decorated with success stories of students who had not only scored in academics but also in sports.  Now you must be wondering that I am writing only about sports and Common Wealth Games etc in Library week activities.  Dear friends, this year we connected reading with sports.  We wanted to convey that good reader can be a focused players and that Good sports person can become better by reading and develop many more skills and capabilities.  To mark the importance our students from Middle and senior school had compiled information on 27 international sports in CD and e book format.  They have named it ‘Goenkan Encyclpaedia of Sports’. The same was released in one of the assemblies in which reading and sports were emphasized.

We had also designed an innovative competition in which middle school students created photo stories of their favourite sports heroes.  Our PYP and MS students (all of them) participated in book Marks Exchange program by swapping Book Marks with students of six countries-Spain, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Australia, Canada and Croatia.  A Book Fair had also been organized on 17-18-19th October which highlighted collection of books on Sports.


Kendriya Viyalaya Pattom, Kerala, India (2)
Submitted by: S.L.Faisal, Librarian,

The Library at Kendriya Viyalaya Pattom, Kerala, India has been celebrating the International School Library Month with two exciting programmes.

1.        International Bookmark Exchange Project with Schools in Hungary and Croatia: Bookmarks created by the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom were exchanged with that of Francis Kolcsey EVN General Baptist School (Hungary) and John Ranger Elementary School, Kamenica (Croatia). Ten bookmarks were exchanged from the age group 11-12 and 20 from the age group 13-14. The bookmark designing contest had more than 120 participants. The selected students were excited to see the exchanged bookmarks and sending their own to Hungary and Croatia. (photos attached).

2.        "Gift A Book and Get A Friend": There is no better way to make a friend but gifting a book. That was what the members of Readers’ Club at KV Pattom thought when they collected books from students and teachers of the school to gift them to the children at Govt. Upper Primary School, Palkulangara, Trivandrum, Kerala, a not so privileged school in the city, to make new friends and to enrich their school library. ‘Gift A Book and Get A Friend” Programme has been organized by KV Pattom in connection with the International School Library Month (ISLM) 2013, celebrated in school libraries globally. The aim of this initiative to connect with the people outside the school and share the resources with them.

Merecedes Benz School, Pune, India (3)
Submitted by: Sunita Malekar, Teacher Librarian,

The International School Library day was celebrated on the 21st October 2013 with a theme “School Libraries: Doorways to Life.”  The school has participated in the Book Mark Exchange Program and the book marks will be exchanged with schools in USA & Hungary.

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.   Our students enjoyed making book marks and shared some messages like save the planet, save the earth, save the animals and about reading.  What is being taught in the classroom as a unit is reflected on the book marks.  A special thanks to those parents and teachers who spared time to participate in this project. Also thanks to students and teachers who accompanied and guided them to make beautiful book marks.  Altogether 300 book marks were made on this day.

The Millennium School, Mohali, Punjab, India (4)
Submitted by: Seema Sohal, Librarian,

In the second year of the ISLM participation, the school organized a plethora of activities as part of the celebration. In the first week of October, the library and the school were decorated with a beautiful display based on the theme ISLM. Posters having ISLM logo were put up at various corners fostering awareness related to the event. The Library bulletin board was also updated giving information to one and all on ‘International School Library Month’.

The junior students participated in a ‘Summer Reading Contest’ whereby they read books relevant to their levels.Winners were awarded medals and certificates. An Inter-House Library Quiz was held in the school premises for classes VIII-X.  Students participated in it with lots of enthusiasm. This year  it was based on their all time favourite books : -  Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Oliver Twist, Tom Sawyer, Three Men in a Boat and The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank).

Students were really excited about the ‘BOOKMARK EXCHANGE PROJECT’. This year we collaborated with three schools from USA, CANADA and CROATIA. These were: -   Primary School ‘Brace Radica’ Koprivnica (Croatia), Bridger Elementary School (USA), Braidmore School (Canada). Our students made lovely bookmarks giving information about their country, India and sent the same to the schools mentioned above. The bookmarks were really appreciated by the schools and all students learnt a lot about other countries.

This year TMS also participated in the ‘Skype Project’ whereby the students had an interactive session with the students of High School "George Moroianu" Sacele – Brasov (Romania). The students shared information about their respective countries, their culture, currency, flags, costumes, festivals etc. The students also shared information about their schools and also the books read by them. Thanks to IASL, schools all over the world got a chance to interact with each other. Every year one learns so much about different schools across the world by participating in ISLM Projects, be it the Bookmark Exchange, sharing websites or the Skype Project.

The success of the ISLM projects is due to the dedicated hard work put in by ISLM coordinators, Adrijana Hatadi (Croatia), Gabriela Ivan (Romania), Sarah Schmidt (USA), and Alison Bodner (Canada).

G D Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, New Deli, India (5)
Submitted By:  Meenu Jain,Librarian and Bhavna Saxena, Assistant Librarian,

International School Library Month is an opportunity for school librarians to remind the students and educators of the importance of the school library and its role in the students’ learning.

G D Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj organized the Library week from 7th to 9th October 2013 under the guidance of the Principal Mr. D M Sharma and Vice Principal Mrs. Swadesh Kumar.

To mark this event, a special act was performed by the students of class 3 to 5.This act depicted the enchanting world of famous book characters and left the students mesmerized and asking for more.

A  number of book- related activities including Bookmark- Making, Draw & Describe a Favourite Book Character, Picture Composition, Book- Cover Making , Book- Review, Weaving – a -Story, Quiz etc. were held for different classes in the school.

Winners in all the activities were given prizes by the Principal in the school assembly.

The students also participated in the International Bookmark Project 2013 & exchanged their beautiful bookmarks with two schools in the USA & the UK.

In addition, to encourage the good readers, they were acknowledged with the “Readers of the year 2013” award.

The aim of the events was not only to encourage reading habits amongst the students but also to explore the treasure of knowledge hidden in the books.

The event was a huge success and generated a lot of enthusiasm and excitement amongst the students.

Adani Vidya Mandir, Ahmedabad, India (6)
Submitted By:  Rashmi T Kumbar, Teacher Librarian,

Adani Vidya Mandir from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, wishes you all a very Happy Diwali – a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness! That’s exactly what libraries stand for! Libraries symbolize the right knowledge, right perceptions and true philosophy. This was our school’s quest for ISLM celebrations this year and it culminated on 28th October, Monday in the form of an exhibition titled ‘Vidarshan 2013’ which showcased a gist of our students’ creations and our library resources. Noted poet of Ahmedabad Mr Rajendra Patel and popular columnist Dr Preeti Shah inaugurated the exhibition which was the outcome of the workshops conducted in the library to promote the use of various resources by students and teachers.

While classes three and four explored the genre of Fairy tales, fantasies, fables and folktales in the workshops to create hanging mobiles of their favourite character and dioramas of their favourite scenes in the stories, class fifth and sixth, along with putting up book reports of their readings in the form of mind maps, also indulged in creating origami artefacts and explored the world of poetry – putting up different types of poems, reading poems and writing poems too in all the three languages, namely, English, Hindi and Gujarati! Class seventh students happily turned detectives and solved mysteries for a day as they focussed on nonfiction resources. Students of class eighth indulged in creating story boards of their favourite stories for the reading advertising campaign that they initiated for their friends. Indian English authors were commemorated by creating stamps of fame of them by the students of class ninth. Class tenth put up a unique puppet show as they focused on the literature in Gujarati language, especially folk literature. Class eleventh put up posters and compilations on the theme ‘Newspapers: Doorway to the World’.

The genre of classics was well-explored as they put up author information, quiz compilations, represented in the form of famous lines from the classics they love, the collage of various characters and models containing information about various literary awards. ‘Travel posters’ along with the souvenirs representing the information of the countries they had read about summed up the exploration of geographical resources by students of class twelfth. ‘Friends of the Library’ – the group of students put up a special exhibit of the library skills they had acquired though the years like understanding Dewey Decimal Classification, ‘Five best friends in the Library’ namely Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Atlas, Thesaurus and Yearbook (DEATY) and many more! The highlight of this year’s celebration was the exhibit of the bookmarks made by the students for the International Bookmark Project to be sent to the students of our partner schools from Portugal and United States of America. The project became more exciting as the students of classes fifth to eighth worked on different adaptations of the ISLM theme ‘Libraries: Doorways to Life’ as ‘Food: Doorway to a healthy life’, ‘Hobbies: Doorway to a happy life’, ‘Physical Exercises: Doorway to an energetic life’ and ‘Spirituality: Doorway to a contented life’. A special assembly comprising of a poem on books and a talk show which hosted students posing as noted Gujarati writers was put up for the guests to provide a glimpse of our ISLM assemblies conducted in the month of October.

Our director, Dr Bhadrayu Vacchrajani and our principal Mrs Raji Jayaprasad were indeed the torchbearers for this beautiful culmination of ISLM celebration and once again affirmed that the library indeed adds value to students’ achievements in our school!

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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