Apr 04, 2019

School Library Month

School Library Month began in 1985 and gives an opportunity to celebrate the great things happening in school libraries and school library programs.

This year’s theme is Everyone Belongs @Your School Library. The theme celebrates the uniqueness of a school library where librarians plan, curate, and promote so that all users will be able to find themselves, and feel welcome when they enter the school library.

Dave Pilkey, author and illustrator of the “Dog Man” and “Captain Underpants” series, is this year’s ambassador.  This one-minute video of Dave talking about the positive impact libraries have had on his life may be viewed and shared for non-commercial use and without alterations.




A big thank you goes out to all teacher librarians and staff that help make libraries welcoming to all!



Another Library Celebration

Photo by Plush Design Studio on Unsplash

The Iowa Department of Education released The Iowa School Library Program Standards (2019). There is much to celebrate about these new standards and guidelines.

Educators are aware that qualified teacher librarians and high quality school library programs are one of the pillars of the school and an important foundation of a school’s continuous improvement. The Iowa School Library Program Standards (2019) highlight and measure the intentional utilization of strengths specific to teacher librarians, and align directly to the continuous improvement process.  

The standards are a useful tool to evaluate the current state of a building or district library and library program, using the rating system as a way to guide discussions about what ideal libraries and programs entail. The standards are not meant to evaluate a teacher librarian’s performance, but rather the overall structure and utilization of the unique expertise of a qualified teacher librarian. When schools work toward meeting and exceeding these new standards, they will also be ensuring that they are meeting the Iowa Code requirements.


The Iowa Department of Education is in the process of updating their school library web page. The yearly library state report is also undergoing changes, and the goal is to align the survey to the new Iowa School Library Program Standards (2019). Also, keep an eye out for an invitation to a webinar about how to navigate the new standards.


Click here to read more:

Link to the Iowa Department of Education, "Librarians: Your standards are ready"

Link to The Iowa School Library Program Standards (2019)

Link to support and guidance



GWAEA Media Center

Professional Titles about Libraries and Librarians

Looking for an informative read about quality libraries?  Below are some of our newest titles.

Becoming a Reflective Librarian and Teacher: Strategies for Mindful Academic Practice (200751) 2017

Bringing Genius Hour to your Library: Implementing a schoolwide passion project program (201629) 2018

Challenge-based Learning in the School Library Makerspace (201630) 2017

Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning (202080) 2017

Cultivating Connected Learning: Library Programs for Youth (202209) 2018

Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News (202496) 2018

Full STEAM Ahead: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics in Library Programs and Collections (201631) 2017

Hacking School Libraries: 10 ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community (202290) 2018

Inspiring Curiosity: The Librarian's Guide to Inquiry-based Learning (202211) 2018

Makers with a Cause: Creative Service Projects for Library Youth (202429) 2018

The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook (199976) 2017

Managing the Successful School Library: Strategic Planning and Feflective Practice (200310) 2017

National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries (200956) A 2018

News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News (202655) 2018

Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget (201094) 2017

The School Librarian as Curriculum Leader (200772) 2017

School Library Makerspaces in Action (201635) 2018

Social Leadia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership (201095) 2017

Standards-based Lesson Plans for the Busy Elementary School Librarian (201636) 2017

Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library (202206) 2015

The 21st-century Elementary School Library Program: Managing for Results (200108) 2017


Final Teacher Librarian Workshop for 2019


We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on May 7 for our “Supporting and Celebrating Digital Citizens” workshop! For more information and to register, visit the Grant Wood AEA Professional Learning site and search course #167825.