Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week will be observed April 12-18, 2015 with the theme "Unlimited possibilities @ your library®."

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: National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 14, 2015), a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers; National Bookmobile Day, celebrated the Wednesday of National Library Week (April 15, 2015), a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities; and Celebrate Teen Literature Day, celebrated the Thursday of National Library Week (April 16, 2015), aimed at raising awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens.

Promotional tools for National Library Week 2015 will be posted here as soon as they are available.

2014 National Library Week Promotional Tools

LiveChange @ you library, Celebrate National Library Week 2014, Judy Blume Honorary Chair

Celebrate National Library Week 2014 (April 13-19, 2014) with the theme
Lives change @ your library, Honorary Chair: Judy Blume

Libraries and librarians have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of Americans on a daily basis. Their stories are key to communicating the value of libraries. National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell the story of how the library has changed their life.

Follow along during
National Library Week

#NLW14 and #LivesChange

Twiitter At your library @ your library Twitter


Facebook At your library@ your library Facebook


Flickr At your libraryFlickr @ your library


Pinterest - At your ibrary@ your library Pinterest


Declaration for the Right to Libraries hashtag is #right2libs.

Visit atyourlibrary.org

Megan with ALA librarian Valerie HawkinsClick image to enlarge

Lives change @ your library speech bubbleClick image to download PDF

Ask them to tweet about how the library has changed their life using the hashtag #LivesChange and #NLW14. If their story needs more than 140 characters please encourage them to add it to the @ your library story collection.

Or ask them to snap a library selfie that tells their story.  If you don't already have a speech bubble prop like the one the Queens Library has employed, we've created a PDF template which you can download and print. Thanks to Megan McFarlane, Campaign for America's Libraries Coordinator and ALA Librarian Valerie Hawkins for posing for the image at left. To make the speech bubble reusable have the print mounted to Fome-Cor and laminated at your local copy shop.  A dry-erase marker can easily be wiped off the surface.

If your library uses Flickr, join our Lives change @ your library group or share on your favorite social media channel using the hashtags #LivesChange and #NLW14.

Join in the fun. Share what your library means to you during National Library Week and you could win a Kindle Fire.
Details and official rules available on the @ your library website.


Print PSA

Public Service Announcement: Celebrate National Library Week, April 14-20, 2014


Download print PSA featuring author and intellectual freedom advocate Judy Blume. (PDF 2.12 MB)

To download: Right click (Windows) or option-click (MAC) on the links above and choose "Save Target As" to save it.  Note the location of the file.
Free customization: Have your library's own logo added to the PSA. Please send a print quality logo file (hi-res jpg or tif, or vector eps), your library name and url (if applicable) and we will generate the custom PSA for you (in pdf format) within 1-2 weeks. Files should be sent to: libraries[at]atigraphics[dot]com.

Digital PSAs

Download digital PSAs featuring author, editor and reading, literacy and library advocate Judy Blume.

To download: Right click (Windows) or option-click (MAC) on the links above and choose "Save Target As" to save it.  Note the location of the file.

Leaderboard (jpeg 105 KB)

Skyscraper (jpeg 156 KB)


Lives change @ your library materials available at ALA Graphics!

Set of promotional materials: Communities matter at your library

Order Lives change @ your library materials at the  ALA Store. Promotional materials include a poster, bookmark, mini poster and downloadable web icons and art files.







Sample Tools

Sample press release

Sample proclamation

Sample PSA scripts

Sample letter-to-the-editor


Author Judy Blume on the value of libraries


National Library Week events

Declaration for the Right to Libraries

We've signed the Declaration, Have you?The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school and public.

Give your community members the opportunity to visibly declare their right to have vibrant libraries in their community.   National library Week is a great time to host a signing ceremony or encourage your community members the sign the Declaration online.  A Web badge to promote the Declaration and online signing are available on I Love Libraries website. Promote the Declaration for the Right to Libraries on social media channels using the hashtag  #right2libs.




Library Champions logo
ALA Library Champions for supporting ALA’s efforts in raising public awareness for libraries and librarians. In particular, we would like to thank these two Champions for their enhanced level of support.



Dollar General literacy Foundation
We would like to thankDollar General Literacy Foundation for the American Dream Starts @ your library program