Celebrate National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week 2016 (April 10-16) with the theme "Libraries Transform"

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Gene Yang Print Public Service Announcement: Celebrate National LIbrary Week, April 10-16, 2016

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.

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

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Ways to Participate

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

2. Help spread the word on social media. 

Join the National Library Week Thunderclap, display the National Library Week Facebook Cover Art, or add our Libraries Transform Twibbon to your profile picture.

Preview of profile picture with Libraries Transform Twibbon badge
 

3. Take part in our Because __________________. #LibrariesTransform promotion.

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Tell us why your library is important during National Library Week for a chance to win.
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.

Woman holding sign that says: Because no airline can take me to so many new worlds.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.

Printable PDF: Because with speech bubble to insert text.Blue Speech Bubble Blue: 8.5 x 11 (PDF)
Blue Speech Bubble 11 x 17 (PDF)
Green Speech Bubble 8.5 x 11 (PDF)
Green Speech Bubble 11 x 17 (PDF)
Red Speech Bubble 11 x 17 (PDF)
 

 

If you have access to software that will allow you to add text to a PDF, you might have some fun with these files:

Template for creating Because Statement  - Libraries Transform - #LibrariesTransformBecause 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.

Libraries Transform Poster: Celebrate National Library Week 2016 (April 10-16) with the theme Libraries Transform

Libraries Transform (mini-poster)

Libraries Transform DIY READ poster.

Libraries Transform bookmark: Celebrate National Library Week 2016 (April 10-16) with the theme Libraries Transform

Banner: Celebrate National Library Week


Free Promotional Tools for National Library Week

Sample press release (Word doc)

Sample proclamation (Word doc)

Sample PSA scripts (Word doc)

Audio PSAs featuring Gene Luen Yang

Click to play. To download right click, select "save link as."

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:15 sec. MP3 

:20 sec. MP3

:30 sec. MP3

Digital Graphics

Click images to download, then right click and select "save as."

Web badge 468px x 60px: National Library Week, April 10-16, 2015, Libraries Transform

Web badge: 120px x 180px: Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, Libraries Transform

Web badge, 180px x 180 px, Web badge: 120px x 180px: Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, Libraries Transform

Web badge,125px by 125 px, Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, Libraries Transform

 


Facebook Cover Art

Facebook Cover Art (852 x 315)
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Facebook cover art: Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, Libraries Transform

Facebook Cover Art (852 x 315)
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Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, Libraries Transform, Honorary Chair, Gene Luen Yang

Twitter Post  (1024 x 768 px)
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Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, Libraries Transform, Honorary Chair, Gene Luen Yang

Twitter Cover Art (1200 x 337 px)
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Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, Libraries Transform, Honorary Chair, Gene Luen Yang

Web badge (400 x 250 px)
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Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016, Libraries Transform, Honorary Chair, Gene Luen Yang

Print PSAs

 

 

 

Library Champions, Investing in America's Libraries
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.