International School Library Day

International School Library Day will be held on 20 October 2020, and is about promoting all the ways that school libraries add to their communities.

Get Involved


ALIA is also running a competition for school libraries to win a class set of crayons. To enter encourage your students to colour in this poster and email a picture/scan of it to ALIA at by 13 October 2020.

Read the terms and conditions for the competition.


International School Library Day 2020 ideas

The below suggestions can be held as either physical or virtual events.

  • Host a reading party.
  • Create a display where users can guess where a quote from a particular book comes from with prizes for the correct guess.
  • You know who your local talent is, you could invite in a local author to do a virtual or physical talk on their books.
  • Dress up for the day, and encourage your co-workers to join in. Go one step further and run a costume competition.
  • Host a special storytime event on the day.
  • Set up a recommendations list where students can recommend books to other library users.
  • Host a trivia night themed around books and media and add in some questions specific to your library. 
  • Encourage your library users to design the library of their dreams and/or the library of the future.
  • Ask your library users to draw what your library looks like from memory, award prizes for the most accurate map.
  • Encourage your library users to make a short video about what the library means to them.
  • Run a story writing competition themed around your library.


ALIA has created some resources which you can use as prizes for activities on International School Library Day.  

Wrap up

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We'd love to see what you, your library or community are up to for International School Library Day 2020. Send in your videos, photos and stories of how you celebrated to or use the hashtag #ISLD2020 on social media.