April is School Library Month, an annual celebration of school libraries and their programs held in conjunction with National Library Week (April 4-10). The coronavirus pandemic, which forced many schools to switch to remote and hybrid learning models last year, means School Library Month celebrations might look a bit different this year.

Librarians working in schools that have resumed in-person learning can consider these activities and events. If your school is still remote, librarians Sarah Justice and Jennifer Northrup have published a calendar of virtual School Library Month activities in Google Docs.

Here are five additional ways libraries can celebrate School Library Month while keeping their communities safe:

1. Host a virtual book tasting.

Introduce students to new books and genres by hosting a virtual book tasting in Zoom. Librarians can also find a variety of book tasting menus online. Better yet, the Recommended Reads Lists and Appeal Browse in NoveList® K-8 Plus can help you put together a menu of books from your own library collection.

2. Host a book-reading or book-listening challenge.

Assign students to select two books or audiobooks to read or listen to during the month of April. Invite them to post their reviews on Flipgrid. EBSCO offers several e-book and audiobook collections for schools, as well as a free eClassics eBook Collection of 25 classic young adult novels.

3. Sign up your library to participate in Prenda’s Quarterly Code Challenge.

Recruit students interested in computer programming to compete in Prenda’s Spring Coding Challenge, which ends April 30. Students will learn how to code a virtual board game, and the best projects will win prizes. If your library does not currently subscribe to Prenda Code Club, request a free trial.

4. Invite students to find their way out of digital escape rooms.

Familiarize students in grades five through eight with EBSCO’s Explora™ search interface using this multidisciplinary escape room. Students can complete the activity on their own or with peers in Zoom breakout rooms. Virtual escape rooms are just one way to gamify learning.

5. Schedule a virtual field trip.

Virtual field trips offer digital explorations of our world through images, videos, audio clips, animations and sounds. These educational experiences can support learning across the curricula, from history and science to literature and world languages. You can also invite students to take a video tour of one of these magnificent libraries.