Special Events for Your Library


Banned Books Week: September 23-29

Have you made your plans yet? 
Why not participate in Stand for the Banned? Participants make short videos addressing topics such as:
  • What would you say to your favorite banned author?
  • How has a banned book impacted your life?
  • Have you ever been censored? 
Your students’ videos could be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel.  Get more information here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/standforthebanned
Banned Books Week 2018 is September 23 - 29.  Be sure to photograph your cool BBW display and sent it to TASL, so we can post photos from all over the state on our website. 
Every school that sends in a picture will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of a book by an author whose work has been challenged, donated by Bound to Stay Bound.  The elementary level winner will receive School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex. The middle school winner will receive Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm, and the high school winner will receive The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. 
Thanks Bound to Stay Bound!
Email your photos to: [email protected]

Tools You Can Use to Advocate for School Library Programs



The ALA provides you a place to report challenged materials and they have resources to help you through the process! http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/report

TASL Advocacy Toolbox Padlet: Resources help you advocate at the local, state, national level

Understanding ESSA

The passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was great news for school libraries.  Now it's time to take advantage of the opportunities it provides. AASL has shared the following information.  Check it out!

AASL has resources to help you understand exactly what it means for school library programs:


Looking for a tool to quickly and effectively show the impact made by your library?


Check out AASL's School Library Snapshot Tool.

The Snapshot is aligned to provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Be sure to share your snapshot!

Everyday Advocacy


Advocacy isn't only about contacting legislators and policy makers.  It's about being sure that all stakeholders know just how valuable a strong school library program is.  Here are some tools to help with your Everyday Advocacy efforts.

AASL has a Toolkit to get you started or inspire you with some new ideas. Check out AASL's advocacy page for even more information.

Tennessee Library Association Legislation Watchlist

The Tennessee Library Association actively monitors state legislation related to libraries, librarians, school media specialists, reading, copyright, and intellectual freedom. Also, locate your elected officials.

The Pennsylvania School Library Project has a wealth of information.  This valuable tool will help further your advocacy efforts.Here's the link:  http://paschoollibraryproject.org/home.