Celebrate National Library Week

  Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2018  with the theme, "Libraries Lead."

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland serves as 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair

In 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history.

Misty is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion and her 2014 picture book, Firebird, won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015. Her new book, Ballerina Body, an instant New York Times Bestseller, published in March 2017.

Misty’s passion is giving back. She has worked with many charitable organizations and is dedicated to giving of her time to work with and mentor young girls and boys. Misty was named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in June 2013. In 2014, President Obama appointed Misty to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.  And in 2015, she traveled to Rwanda with MindLeaps to help launch its girls program and to establish The Misty Copeland Scholarship.

The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

Celebrations during National Library Week

  • Monday, April 9: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.
  • Tuesday, April 10: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. #nlwd18
  • Wednesday, April 11: 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. #bookmobileday2018
  • Thursday, April 12: Take Action for Libraries Day , a national library advocacy effort observed for the first time in 2017 in response to proposed cuts to federal funds for libraries.#fundlibraries 

Do you know a stellar library worker? Submit a star! National Library Workers Day.

National Bookmobile Day, April 11, 2018


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Ways to Participate

"Where did the library lead you?" promotion.

Promotional GIF: Where did the library lead you? Tell us 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 Lead theme, ask your patrons to tell us how the library led them to something of value in their lives.

One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 VISA gift card and a copy of "Firebird," the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Misty Copeland, 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

Library lovers can 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, video, or text.  Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure they include the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesLead on their social media post for a chance to win.

Join in the fun. The promotion begins Sunday, April 8 at noon CT and ends Saturday, April 14 at noon CT. Social media prop: My library led the way to (fill in the blank). Libraries Lead. National Library Week, 2018.

Need a prop to help get your patrons started?  Download printable PDFs: My library led the way to (PDF); The library led me to (PDF).

Use these graphics to promote on your social media channels: Where did the library lead you graphicAnimated GIF | Video (24 second loop)

Free National Library Week Tools

PSA Scripts (Word document)

Proclamation (Word document)


Sample Press Release (Word document)

ALA's Libraries Transform public awareness campaign has a variety of free tools available.

Print PSA Featuring Misty Copeland

Digital Graphics

Facebook Share | Facebook Cover | Twitter Share | Twitter Header | Boombox | Leaderboard

Spanish Facebook Share | Spanish Facebook Cover | Spanish Twitter Share | Spanish Twitter Header | Spanish Boombox | Spanish Leaderboard

Facebook share: Print PSA: National Library Week is April 8-14, 2018, Libraries LEad, Discover your passions and achieve your goals at the library - Misty Copeland

Compass Graphic

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

Facebook share: Print PSA: National Library Week is April 8-14, 2018, Libraries Lead

Snapchat Filter Templates

Picture of cat with Snapchat filter : Happy National Library WeekPicture of cat with Snapchat filter : Happy National Library Week

Want to reach out to the 18 to 24-year-old demographic? Seventy-eight percent are on Snapchat. The platform's On-Demand Geofilter feature lets organizations pay to make a custom Filter design available in their area. Pricing varies based on how long the Filter lasts and the size of the location you choose, but a day-long Filter in a single building can cost as little as $5–10! ALA is providing two free National Library Week Snapchat Geofilter designs so libraries across the country can join the fun. Add your library's name at the top of the template to customize.

Snapchat Filter Template 1 | Snapchat Filter Template 2 Check these instructions (PDF) for tips about using the Snapchat Filters.

Add a National Library Week Twibbon to your social media profile.  Two National Library Week frames are also available within the Facebook app. Change your profile picture or add them to any photo in your camera roll.

Picture of National Library Week logo to add to your social media profile picture.

 

National Library Week Materials from ALA Graphics

Poster | Bookmarks | National Library Week Set | Misty Copeland READ Poster | National Library Week 60th Anniversary Poster | Anniversary Set

National Library Week Poster: Libraries Lead, National Library Week, April 8-14, 2017, Pictured: Compass with directions Diversity, Access, Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, Curiosity National Library Week Bookmark: Libraries Lead, National Library Week, April 8-14, 2017, Pictured: Compass with directions Diversity, Access, Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, Curiosity

READ poster: Misty Copeland holding "We Were Eight Years in Power" National Library Week 60th Anniversary poster

National Library Week 60th Anniversary

The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious.  They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life." 

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!"

Read more about the 60-year history of National Library Week at American Libraries magazine, and check out the list of past National Library Week themes.

Future National Library Week dates:

2019: April 7-13
2020: April 19-25
2021: April 5-9

Questions? Contact campaign@ala.org.


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