Celebrate National Library Week
Celebrate National Library Week 2016 (April 10-16) with the theme "Libraries Transform"
The 2016 National Library Week theme is Libraries Transform, and Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair.
Gene Luen Yang is an award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for
Young People’s Literature. His 2006 book, "American Born Chinese," was the first graphic novel to be a
finalist for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award.
It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album. Learn more at geneyang.com.
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 11: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2015.
- Tuesday, April 12: 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 13: 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.
Ways to Participate
1. Join ALA's Libraries Transform public awareness campaign.
2. Help spread the word on social media.
3. Take part in our Because __________________. #LibrariesTransform promotion.
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National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell their stories. This year, in keeping with the Libraries Transform public awareness initiative, we're asking patrons (and librarians) to create their own Because Statements.
Just fill in the blank telling us why libraries matter to you or your community. One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 gift card and a copy of "Secret Coders," by Mike Holmes and Gene Luen Yang, our National Library Week Honorary Chair.
Post to Twitter, Instagram, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page during National Library Week for a chance to win. Entries can be a picture or text. Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure to include the word "Because" and the hashtag #LibrariesTransform for a chance to win. Entries can also be submitted directly to the Libraries Transform website.
Join in the fun. Promotion begins Sunday, April 10 at noon CT and ends Saturday, April 16 at noon CT.
Visit ilovelibraries.org/nlw for official rules.
We've provided some printable PDFs to use as props for images.
If you have access to software that will allow you to add text to a PDF, you might have some fun with these files:
Because Statement template Blue 11 x 17 (PDF)
Because Statement template Blue 8 1/2 x 11 (PDF)
Because Statement template Yellow 11 x 17 (PDF)
Because Statement template Yellow 8 1/2 x 11 (PDF)
Because Statement template Red 11 x 17 (PDF)
3. Take the Libraries Transform Video Challenge
Help showcase what's happening at libraries around the country by submitting a 1-2 minute video showing what transformation looks like in your library.
National Library Week materials from ALA Graphics
Order National Library Week materials from ALA. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.
Promotional materials include a poster, mini poster, READ poster file, bookmarks, and an outdoor banner.
Free Promotional Tools for National Library Week
Audio PSAs featuring Gene Luen Yang
Click to play. To download right click, select "save link as."
Click images to download, then right click and select "save as."
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.