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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. 1988

    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 desi ...

    HDAVIES - 07/02/2014 - 14:13 - About ALA

  3. 2008

    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 gami ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 14:18 - About ALA

  4. 2010

    Preservation Week, first observed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) in 2010, offers an opportunity to celebrate collecting and preservation in your community, and to highlight your institution as a source of prese ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 10:48 - About ALA

  5. 2006

    ALA began to annually select a class of Emerging Leaders. "The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem- ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 15:49 - 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. 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

  8. 1973

    First National Legislative Day, sponsored by the Washington Office. National Library Legislative Day is an annual event. Scenes from National Legislative Day 2012 "National Library Legislative Day, the two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 13:34 - About ALA

  9. 1963

    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 ...

    HDAVIES - 02/27/2013 - 11:34 - About ALA

  10. 1962

    ALA organizes "Library-21" a futuristic exhibit, at the Seattle World's Fair. "The Library 21 exhibit, designed primarily to envision the role of technology in libraries of the future, featured a state-of the-art Sperry-Rand UNIVAC Sol ...

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