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  1. 1958

    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 pr ...

    HDAVIES - 04/10/2015 - 18:43 - About ALA

  2. 1995

    Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading and held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 11:06 - About ALA

  3. 2011

    The American Library Association (ALA) joined in a partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to make Money Smart Week® @ your library a national initiative, which was first held April 2-9, 2011. Celebrating its 12th year in 2013 (and its third ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 13:34 - About ALA

  4. 2007

    First celebrated in 2007 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) under its original name, Support Teen Literature Day. The purpose of the renamed (starting in 2013) Celebrate Teen Literature Day is to raise awareness amo ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 10:11 - About ALA

  5. 1890

    The first children’s room in a library is established. The public Library of Brookline (Mass.) set aside an unused room in its basement for a children's reading-room. "One of its most momentous legacies is the establishment of a separate reading ...

    HDAVIES - 03/11/2013 - 09:30 - About ALA

  6. 1998

    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 ma ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 15:10 - About ALA

  7. 1989

    ALA Literacy Assembly established. "To establish a focal point with ALA that will emphasize the Association’s continuing commitment to literacy beyond divisional and unit membership committees; to provide an opportunity for broad representation of th ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 14:18 - About ALA

  8. 1985

    The first School Library Month is held. "The AASL efforts for a national School Library Month were spearheaded by Lucille Thomas, chair of the School Library Media Month Committee. Thomas was appointed by President Judy King in 1983. Thomas and her c ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 14:09 - About ALA

  9. 1930

    First meeting of the Young People's Reading Round Table; now part of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). According to the International Encyclopedia of Information and Library Science, this round table was founded as part of the Childre ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:29 - About ALA

  10. 1918

    ALA opened a library for American military personnel in Paris during 1918. This library was later established (1920) as the American Library in Paris "During the closing years of World War I, when the United States entered the conflict, hundreds of A ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:30 - About ALA