Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession


ALA's Washington Office opens, under the direction of Paul Howard.


The first National Library Week occurred in 1958.

Read more about National Library Week at National Library Week History which includes lists of both the National Library Week Honorary Chairpersons and the National Library Week Themes, from 1958 to the present.


ALA organizes "Library-21" a futuristic exhibit, at the Seattle World's Fair.


Knapp School Libraries Project begins, continuing to 1974.

"The Knapp School Libraries Project that was developed in the 1960s to create model libraries in elementary and secondary schools by upgrading their materials and qualified personnel. Visits from librarians, educators, students, and community members that helped disseminate the model libraries' characteristics are discussed." Read more from ERIC


ALA sponsors Library USA exhibit at the 1964 and 1965 New York World's Fair


First National Legislative Day, sponsored by the Washington Office.

National Library Legislative Day is an annual event.

Scenes from National Legislative Day 2012


"Since 1982, Banned Books Week has rallied librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types to celebrate and defend the freedom to read. As we commemorate 30 years of Banned Books Week and enter our 31st year of protecting readers' rights, ALA is pleased to unveil this timeline of significant banned and challenged books."  See more of the Banned Books Timeline


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is @ your library® - it's your library card. September was first so designated in 1988, as a continuation of a national campaign launched the previous year.


YALSA launches Teen Read Week, setting aside the third week In October to encourage teens to read for the fun of it

"Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users." Read more from the offical Teen Read Week site.


ALA began to annually select a class of Emerging Leaders.