International Association
of School Librarianship

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 2022

The 2022 theme for ISLM is “READING FOR GLOBAL PEACE AND HARMONY.” It is based on the 2022 IASL Conference theme “School Librarianship and the Evolving Global Information Landscape''. We know that there are many countries around the world that are facing grave situations. One thing we can all agree on is the need for peace and harmony across the globe. Our theme will encourage all who participate in ISLM this year to reflect on how reading can help us understand and support one another. Truly experiencing the journeys of others through storytelling leads us on our own journey to greater understanding and compassion.

This year we are inviting participants to think about and celebrate the link between books, reading, school libraries, and how together they can promote peace and harmony.  We have chosen a theme wording that we believe will be accessible to all our participants (aged 3 to 20 years). We are inviting them to celebrate ISLM 2022 by engaging in projects and activities to explore and express this year’s theme. We hope that ISLM 2022 will be a wonderfully creative, imaginative worldwide celebration of the school library. The theme can be interpreted in many ways, but whichever way we choose, it underlies the important role of school libraries in the lives of young children.

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 is, please consider getting involved.

ISLM is open to everyone, whether you are a member of IASL or not, so spread the word and start gearing up for an exciting time with ISLM this October! And remember, you can share your fantastic ISLM experiences with everyone by sending written testimonies and photos to our “What People Are Doing for ISLM” page.

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Check out more details under “New ISLM Initiatives…..”

The ISLM Team is a group of volunteers whose enthusiasm for school libraries has prompted them to join the ISLM Committee to work together to organize and facilitate International School Library Month. We welcome queries about new members at any time and are particularly seeking members from countries not represented by current members. We look forward to working with you to make your ISLM a successful and enjoyable event this year.

JOIN TEAM ISLM: Be a part of Team ISLM by filling the ISLM Recruitment Form 2023. Click ISLM RECRUITMENT FORM 2023

Yours sincerely,

Ramandeep, Chairperson, ISLM 2022

Your 2022 ISLM Team: Ramandeep (India), Francie Ingram (USA), Breege O’Brien (Ireland), Sunita Malekar (India), Hosea Tokwe (Zimbabwe), Dr. Chhavi Jain (India), Seema Satti (India), Inez Kinanthi (Indonesia), Abha Singh (India), Orlova Svetlana (Russia), Jerry Mathema (Zimbabwe), Farhat Jabeen (Pakistan), Sigridur Halldora Gunnarsdottir (Iceland), Mayasari Abdul Majid (Malaysia), Anabela Silva (Portugal)



Bookmark Exchange Project  - Match with other schools around the world and exchange homemade bookmarks made by your students. Bookmark exchanges are made by post. 2022 registration is now open.

Digital Bookmark Project: 2022 - Match with other schools around the world and exchange homemade bookmarks made by your students. Bookmark exchanges are virtually. 2022 registration is now open.

Virtual Connections Around the World Project: 2022- Would your students like to talk to others in a faraway country during International School Library Month? The trick is finding someone in a time zone where you can link up via Skype/ Zoom or MS Teams. Connect your classroom with other students around the world through Skype/ Zoom/ MS Teams.


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     What people are doing for ISLM


Click here to view ISLM Projects submitted by school libraries from around the world from 2013-2020.


What People are doing for ISLM - Submit your "What people are doing" report by December 13, 2022.

Isn’t it fun to talk about your creative work with others? Isn't bringing stories to life a joyful experience ? How exciting it is to listen to the tales woven around the world! So, we encourage the participants to tell us about their journey of doing this activity through a short video of about 1 to 2 minutes. We would love to know more about you and your work.  So, kindly mention your name, name of the school, grade, describe your artwork, and include a little message for ISLM.




ISLM Projects Participation Certificate: Claim your ISLM 2022 Project Certificates below by clicking on the appropriate link.

ISLM FREELISTS: Keep yourself updated with ISLM happenings around the year, sign up. IASL has created a listserv specifically for those who have an interest in ISLM. Please use the following link to sign up for the listserv in order to receive the latest news about ISLM. Thank you for supporting IASL & participating in ISLM. Sign up here:

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