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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. 2011

    In an extension of the observance of Banned Books Week, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) designated Wednesday, September 28, 2011, as the first annual Banned Websites Awareness Day. By doing so, it's AASL's hope to bring atte ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 13:44 - About ALA

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 2010

    The Office of Literary and Outreach Services celebratef the first National Bookmobile Da y in 2010. It is celebrated in conjunction with the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Service (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 09:54 - About ALA

  6. 2008

    ALA adopts the ALA Preservation Policy. "The American Library Association’s policy on preservation is based on the Association’s mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. The preservation policy has as its goal, promoting ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 09:56 - About ALA

  7. 1921

    Thomas Fountain Blue was the first African-American to head a public library system. In 1921, he became the first African-American to speak at an ALA program. "The Reverend Thomas F. Blue, the nation’s first African-American to head a public library, ...

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

  8. 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

  9. 1905

    The first bookmobile was established in 1905 at the Washington County Public Library (Md.). The original bookmobile was a wagon with horses which were driven by the library janitor. The was wagon had room for 200 books.  Mary L. Titcomb was the librarian ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:33 - About ALA

  10. 1998

    In 1998 the ALA Council voted commitment to five Key Action Areas as guiding principles for directing the Association’s energies and resources: Diversity, Equity of Access, Education and Continuous Learning, Intellectual Freedom, and 21st Century Literacy ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:36 - About ALA