Public Awareness Events

National Library Week

Libraries = Strong Communities, Celebrate National Library Week, April 7-13, 2019.National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

The theme for National Library Week 2019 (April 7-13) was "Libraries = Strong Communities." Visit the National Library Week web page and join the ALA Connect National Library Week community for updates about National Library Week 2020.

The National Library Week 2019 celebration marked the 61st anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card brings stories to life!Each year thousands of public and school libraries come together each September 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.

Free resources are available for libraries, including a sample press release, proclamation, PSA scripts, as well as print and digital public service announcements and artwork for library cards.  Join the ALA Connect Library Card Sign-up Month community for updates about Library Card Sign-up Month.

Thank you to Disney Pixar's "Toy Story 4" characters for serving as honorary chairs in 2019!


Libraries = Strong Communities

Libraries = Strong Communities: Policemann meeting with kids at the library

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will tour a series of libraries throughout her presidential year to ignite public awareness about the value of libraries and library staff and create a groundswell of support at the local, state, national, and global level. Follow the hashtag #LibrariesStrong on social media to keep up with the Libraries = Strong Communities tour and related events.

Libraries are encouraged to use the Libraries = Strong Communities platform locally to highlight the value of their library and empower patrons to advocate for libraries.


Check out the full list of ALA Public Awareness Events.