Celebrate National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week

Thanks to everyone for a great National Library Week 2017!

The theme for National Library Week, April 8-14, 2018 is "Libraries Lead."

Wake Up and Read, National Library Week 1959The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event,  sponsored in 1958.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious.  They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life." 

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"



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Celebrations during National Library Week include:

  • Monday, April 9: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.
  • Tuesday, April 10: 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 11: 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.
  • Thursday, April 12: Take Action for Libraries Day.

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

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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.  We're putting together another collaborative video project during National Library Week 2017.  Learn how you can participate.

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.

Future National Library Week dates:

2019: April 7-13
2020: April 19-25

Questions? Contact campaign@ala.org.

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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.