Public Awareness Events

National Library Week

Libraries = Strong Communities, Celebrate National Library Week, April 7-13, 2019.Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13, 2019 with the theme "Libraries = Strong Communities." Visit the National Library Week web page for updates about National Library Week 2019.

As the first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland's leadership inspires young people to pursue their dreams regardless of the challenges they encounter. She is the author of several bestselling books, including Ballerina Body, published in March 2017.

The National Library Week 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, visit your library and check out something Incredible!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.

Thank you to Disney Pixar's superhero family, the Incredibles, for serving as honorary chairs in 2018.


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.