Celebrate National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15, 2017

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Soccer great Julie Foudy to serve as National Library Week Honorary Chair

Julie FoudyJulie Foudy is a retired professional soccer player, two-time World Cup champion, and a medalist in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. She was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007. She is currently a reporter and analyst for ABC/ESPN, contributor and writer for espnW, and motivational speaker.

Foudy is the director and founder of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, a unique residential camp experience that uses sports as a vehicle to teach leadership skills for life. She also founded the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation, which has a mission of building on a foundation of sports and fitness to empower young women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become leaders who positively impact their communities.

Foudy also will add author to her credits with the release of her first book, “Choose to Matter,” to be published by Disney Publishing Worldwide in the spring of 2017.

Publicity tools featuring Foudy, including social media artwork and print PSAs will be available soon.

"Libraries Transform" will return as the theme for National Library Week in 2017.

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.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

  • Monday, April 10: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2016.
  • Tuesday, April 11: 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, April 12: 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.

Results of the 2016 National Library Week Video Challenge

During National Library Week 2016, we asked libraries from around the country to submit video responses to the question “What does transformation look like at your library?” Here's what they had to say.

Thanks to: Baltimore County Public Library,Towson, Maryland; Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, North Carolina; Daviess County Public Library, Owensboro, Kentucky; Haywood  County Public Library, Waynesville, North Carolina; Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina; Library Science Library, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Mauney Memorial Library, Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Pharr Memorial Library, Pharr, Texas. Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Russell Library, Middletown, Connecticut; Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, Washington. Sunnyvale Public Library, Sunnyvale, Californiaand Wichita Public Library, Wichita Kansas.

2017 Celebration

Publicity tools featuring Honorary Chair Julie Foudy will be available soon.

Join ALA's Libraries Transform public awareness campaign.

Please take a moment to tell us about your plans for National Library Week.

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Free Tools

PSA Scripts (Word document) | PSA Scripts in Spanish (Word document)

Proclamation (Word document) | Proclamation in Spanish (Word document)

Sample Press Release (Word document) | Sample Press Release in Spanish (Word document)

Print PSA Featuring Julie Foudy


National Library Week Materials from ALA Graphics

National Library Week Poster: Because of you, Libraries Transform. Celebrate National Library WeekMini-poster: Because of you, libraries transform
National Library Week Set: Posters, digital download, bookmarks

Future National Library Week dates:

2018: April 8-14 
2019: April 7-13
2020: April 19-25


Library Champions, Investing in America's Libraries
Thank you to ALA Library Champions for supporting ALA’s efforts in raising public awareness for libraries and librarians.



Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Thank you to Dollar General Literacy Foundation for funding The American Dream Starts @ your library program.