History 2000s


The first Michael L. Printz Award goes to Walter Dean Myers for Monster


The first National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.


"On January 25, 2003, a resolution was proposed:


ALA began to annually select a class of Emerging Leaders.


Teen Tech Week began, with a general theme of Get Connected @ your library.



First celebrated in 2007 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) under its original name, Support Teen Literature Day.


ALA's National Gaming Day, first celebrated in 2008, focuses on the social and recreational side of gaming. Gaming at the library encourages patrons of all ages to interact with diverse peers, share their expertise and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. At the library, kids can socialize with their friends and play board and video games while surrounded by books, librarians and a real world of knowledge.