Celebrate National Library Week
Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15, 2017
Soccer great Julie Foudy to serve as National Library Week Honorary Chair
Julie 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.
"Libraries Transform" is 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.
1. Join ALA's Libraries Transform public awareness campaign.
2. Show off your librarians.
Feature your librarians on your website or social media channels during National Library Week.
Print these oversize "expert in the library" badges to use as props for an impromtu photo booth in the library. As an incentive, everyone who posts to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #expertinthelibrary between Saturday, April 8 at noon CT and Saturday, April 15 at noon CT will be entered in a random drawing for the chance to a $100 gift card. Details about the Expert in the Library Promotion are available on ilovelibraries.org.
3. Take part in our 2017 Video Challenge.
Every librarian and library worker has a story about a time they felt great about helping a patron. During National Library Week 2017, we're asking you to share those stories. We'll put some of the best stories together into one or more videos. Learn more.
Check out the resultsof our 2016 National Library Week Video Challenge.
4. Get out in the community.
Look for ways to showcase your library out in the community. Sponsor an event, create a Pop-up library, or show off some new library technology. Need ideas? The folks at Get Outside the Lines have some creative ideas.
Looking for a simple way to get the word out? We just created a new template to make Libraries Transform table tents. The image fits an 8.5" x 11" sheet which prints two table tents. Add your local message to the back, cut, fold and place around the community to increase awareness. One library has already used the "Because librarians know information is the best medicine for healthcare questions" message in the cafeteria at their local hospital.
Please share your ideas for using these table tents, and let us know if you have trouble using the template, or if you see a way we can improve it. Do you have an idea for a new Libraries Transform tool? Email us at email@example.com.
Free National Library Week Tools
10, 15, 20 and 30 second audio PSAs featuring Julie foudy are available in the National Library Week Press Kit.
Print PSA Featuring Julie Foudy
Facebook Share Blue-Yellow | Facebook Share in Spanish | Facebook Share Purple-Yellow
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Instagram Share Blue-Yellow | Instagram Share in Spanish | Instagram Share Purple-Yellow
Add our Libraries Transform Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture.
National Library Week Materials from ALA Graphics
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.
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Thank you to ALA Library Champions for supporting ALA’s efforts in raising public awareness for libraries and librarians.
Thank you to Dollar General Literacy Foundation for funding The American Dream Starts @ your library program.