NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
In early April, National Library Week recognizes the enormous value we receive from our libraries every day. Millions of people worldwide frequently celebrate libraries, but this week in April each year brings them into the spotlight and shows all the ways libraries benefit individuals and communities alike!
Not only do libraries provide us with books to read, but they offer valuable tools and resources. Libraries are continually changing to meet the demands of today’s technology and ever-expanding volumes of knowledge. Technology and those who coordinate the effort to keep them up to date have been challenged to provide a wide range of media, and they have met the need. And they’ve stepped up to the challenge, too! Some of the resources and programs libraries provide include:
- Educational entertainment for preschoolers – They offer theatre, activities, music, art, and friendship.
- Meeting spaces – Many communities rely on their libraries for public forums, socials, fundraisers, and classes.
- Family and community history – They provide resources for researching family and community heritage.
- No cost lending – Libraries lend other media like movies and music.
- Access – They offer digital resources for the entire community to use.
Other events during National Library Week include:
- Library Workers Day
- Book Mobile Day
- Library Giving Day
- Take Action for Libraries Day
- Citizen Science Day
Visit the ala.org library week page for more information.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLibraryWeek
- Visit your local library and give your library card a workout.
- Support your library’s fundraisers.
- Attend a library event.
- Give a shout-out to your favorite libraries and librarians.
- Volunteer at your library.
- Discover 8 Unique Libraries Across the Country.
- Find out more by visiting the American Library Association to find out more.
- Use #NationalLibraryWeek to share on social media.
NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK HISTORY
In conjunction with the Advertising Council, the American Library Association founded the first National Library Week in 1958. To find out more, visit the American Library Association website.
April 3-9, 2022
April 23-29, 2023
April 7-13, 2024