Celebrate National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15, 2017

Thanks to everyone for a great National Library Week 2017!

The winner of the random drawing in our Expert in the Library Promotion is this post from student worker Ayanna at Henderson State University's Huie Library. Check out some of the entries on Twitter and Instagram.
Instagram post: this post from student worker Ayanna at Henderson State University's Huie Library. My librarian is an expert in everything, and if they don't know, they'll find out.

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Soccer great Julie Foudy serves 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.

"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.
  • Thursday, April 13, has just been designated Take Action for Libraries Day.  Read the press release. Details will be posted here as soon as they're available.

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

Tell us your plans


2017 Celebration

1. Join ALA's Libraries Transform public awareness campaign.

2. Show off your librarians.

Libraries Transform, My librarian is an expert in [fillin the blank] 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.

My librarian is an expert in  Print (PDF) | High resolution PNG
Librarians are experts in  Print (PDF) | High resolution PNG
I'm an expert in              Print (PDF) | High resolution PNG

Promotional images for social media:
Tracking down obscure citations | Storytime | Making me smile | Blank | Animated GIF

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.

Table tent: Because 5 out of 5 doctors agree reading aloud to children supports brain development.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 campaign@ala.org.

Free National Library Week 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)

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

Digital Graphics

Facebook Share Blue-Yellow | Facebook Share in Spanish | Facebook Share Purple-Yellow | Facebook Share - Because of you
Twitter Share Blue-Yellow| Twitter Share in Spanish | Twitter Share Purple-Yellow | Twitter Share - Because of you
Instagram Share Blue-Yellow | Instagram Share in Spanish | Instagram Share Purple-Yellow  | Instagram Share - Because of you

Facebook Cover Blue-Yellow | Facebook Cover in Spanish | Facebook Cover Purple-Yellow | Facebook Cover - Because of you
Twitter Cover Blue-Yellow | Twitter Cover in Spanish | Twitter Cover Purple-Yellow

160 x 600 Blue-Yellow | 160 x 600 in Spanish
728 x 9) Blue-Yellow | 728 x 90 in Spanish
300 x 25) Blue-Yellow | 300 x 250 in Spanish

Because  of you, Libraries Transform. Celebrate National Library Week, April 9-15, 2016

Facebook cover: Celebrate National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017, Libraries Transform, Julie Foudy Honorary Chair

Because  of you, Libraries Transform. Celebrate National Library Week, April 9-15, 2016

Add our Libraries Transform Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture.

Mock up of how to change your social media profile for National Library Week.

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

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:

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

Questions? Contact campaign@ala.org.

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