Initiatives & Projects
I Love My Librarian Award
Nominations are open through September 19 for the 2016 I Love My Librarian Awards. Learn more and nominate your librarian at http://ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.
The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community or university librarians. Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The Carnegie Corporation of New York. 2015 marked the eighth year of the award.
The award is sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York The New York Times, New York Public Library and administered by the American Library Association.
Read about winners of the award and nominate a librarian at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.
Library Card Sign-up Month
September is Library Card Sign-up Month and Snoopy is 2016 Honorary Chair!
Each year thousands of public and school libraries come together each fall in a national effort to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Library Card Sign-up Month was launched in 1987.
Visit the Library Card Sign-up Month page for free tools including sample proclamation, press release, PSA scripts, print and digital PSAs, social media images and artwork for library cards featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
Thanks to Peanuts Worldwide for allowing Snoopy to return as Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-up Month in 2016! Peanuts is syndicated in over 2000 newspapers worldwide, and is translated into 21 languages. Celebrating 65 years of making us laugh, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the whole Peanuts Gang can be found in publications from Simon and Schuster, Abrams Comic Arts, Running Press, Andrews McMeel, and more.
National Library Week 2016: "Libraries Transform"
National Library Week 2016 was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who participated.First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
Libraries Transform was the theme for National Library Week 2016. Best-selling author and award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for
Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang served as Honorary Chair.
Celebrations during National Library Week include:
- Monday: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of the previous year.
- Tuesday: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
- Wednesday: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
Learn more about National Library Week and download free tools at ala.org/nlw.
- 2017: April 9-15
- 2018: April 8-14
- 2019: April 7-13
- 2020: April 19-25