National Library Week programming ideas

Salinas (Calif.) Public Library

Winner of the 2013 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, Salinas Public Library will partner with Monterey-Salinas Transit District (MST) and The Arts Council for Monterey County (Arts Council) to build literacy and promote awareness of the library collections available to everyone in the community.

With funding from Scholastic Library Publishing, their “Communities matter@ your library” campaign will launch a mobile library collection on the public transit buses. Transit buses in Monterey County will be supplied with “Communities matter @ your library” tote bags as well as an array of library books for all ages. The project will give a new definition to library as a place for circulating printed work that can be shared by the entire community. The “Communities matter @ your library” campaign will also kick off a larger, year-long program that promotes literacy in their community, that serves the library, transit, and the art communities.

Coinciding with the tote bag distribution, the Salinas Public Libraries, with assistance from local arts organization Arts Council for Monterey Count and local transit agency Monterey-Salinas Transit, will hold a county wide poetry contest for children, teens, and adults in the community. The “ Communities matter @ your library” campaign will announce the project both in the libraries and public transportation stations and buses through a series of bilingual marketing materials and identify local libraries as key institutions to find resources and support to build literacy and writing skills. A promotional event will occur during National Library Week, when the first 5 winners will be announced at a public event at the Salinas Public Library’s Cesar Chavez branch. Local poets will be invited to participate in a poetry-reading at the event. Read Salinas Public Library's grant application.

The Gum Spring Branch
Loudoun County (Va.) Public Library
Having just opened in February, the library branch will use the National Library Week theme Communities matter @ your library to connect to its community about the things that matter most. Programming was developed by librarians based on a survey of community interests and will include Q&A panel discussions on topics relevant to those in the community, including pet care , health and wellness and DIY home improvement.
“The programs we host at the library should reflect the needs and interests of our customers and community,” said Youth Services Librarian April Pavis. 
Campbell Library
Rowan University
Glassboro, N.J.
Keeping with the theme of Communities matter @ your library, the library will work with departments and partners across the university campus to identify how the library can better support its communities of students with different learning needs and interests. Students are encouraged to visit the library and complete a survey on Monday, April 15. The results will be used to help the library staff discover ways they can connect more with students and the community. The library will also use National Library Week to showcase the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) Heritage Program Museum in its first public event. Museum founders Joe Pane and Jim Hemschoot will be on hand to give a behind-the-scenes tour at the museum, which is housed in the library. 
McConnell Library
Radford University
Radford, Va.
In celebration of the Communities matter @ your library theme, the library will honor the people that make up their community by hosting an appreciation reception. The reception will be held on National Library Workers Day, April 16, and will honor the contributions of faculty department liaisons and others from around the university who serve on library committees and contribute to the development of the library but are not library staff. The celebration makes a point of how the university library's function is to serve its community of students and faculty is accomplished thanks impart to what community members put into the library.
“Communities Matter @ your library gets right to the heart of what we are trying to recognize,” said Collections Management Librarian Allison Armstrong. 
Bedford (Ind.) Public Library 
In honor of National Library Week, Earth Day and Arbor Days, the library will reach out to the community by inviting area residents to visit the library to receive dogwood and redbud seedlings purchased from the Department of Natural Resources. The notion behind the giveaway is to invite community members who are not familiar with the library and its services to visit, explore and learn about upcoming event at the library, while at the same time contributing to the beautification of the community.  
Each tree will come with the following message, "Your tree is provided compliments of Bedford Public Library in celebration of National Library Week, Earth Day, and Arbor Day. Trees help beautify our communities, and Communities matter @ your library.”
Shepherd University
Scarborough Library
Shepardstown, W. Va.
In honor the contributions of all the members of the university community, the library will recognize six members of the university staff who have been recognized for their achievements in the past year by appearing in a series of READ posters created by the library staff. Posters will include the university president and five faculty members who recieved either the Outstanding Teacher Award or the West Virginia Professor of the Year Award. An unveiling ceremony will take place at the library during National Library Week, and to further the theme of "community," the posters will be hung in the library’s collaborative computer lab.  
Trails West Branch
Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library
In celebration of both the Communities matter @ your library theme and Support Teen Literature Day, the library will host local young adult author Tessa Gratton. Members of the library’s Oh My Teen book club and local teens with have the opportunity sitdown and discuss Gratton’s book, "Blood Magic,"  with the author.
Perry Homes Branch Library
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
In celebration of National Library Week, National Library Workers Day and National Bookmobile Day, the library will host special storyhours for the next generation of library users and supporters. Over the course of the week, the books selected for story time will entrain and educate children ages 2-6 about libraries, library workers and bookmobiles.
Wixom (Mich.) Public Library 
The library will promote the Communities matter @ your library theme by partnering with a local food bank in its Food for Fines program. While fines will only be forgiven for donations delivered on April 20, the library will continue the drive throughout the month of April. In addition to Food for Fines, the library is also hosting a Communities matter @ your library photography contest for teens and adults. Prizes will be given to the entry that best exemplifies the Communities matter @ your library theme.
Mount Prospect (Ill.) Public Library

The library will bring communities together by hosting the Community Organizations Fair on Tuesday, April 16. The fair will feature more than 20 community organizations that people of all ages can use or volunteer with, including the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation. The library provides organizations with an opportunity to connect with new people. In turn, the event will build foundations for future library partnerships.

Tippecanoe County Public Library 
Lafayette, Ind.
Throughout the course of National Library Week the library will showcase the many ways the library meets the needs of its community using the Communities matter @ your library theme. Each of the library’s four branches will host a Community Matters open house to showcase to residents what each has to offer the community. In addition special programs will be offered through the week that focus on topics important to area residents including education, the arts and technology.
Click here to see the library's promotional flier
Sunnyvale (Calf.) Public Library
The library has asked members of the community why the library matters to them through its Picture it! photo contest. Prizes, including a Nook HD, will be awarded to the winners. Behind the scenes tours of the library will be held throughout the week, allowing area residents a sneak peek at what the library has to offer and opportunities to meet with librarians and ask questions. The library will also offer a series of programs for all ages and interests in the community.
McAlester (Okla.) Public Library 
In celebration of National Library Week the library has developed a writing contest for area adults to exercise their creativity while sharing their thoughts and feelings on why Communities matter @ your library. Entrants have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feeling in the form of either an essay or short story. Entries will be judged by the library’s three book clubs. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions.  
Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library and
Art Center College of Design
In the spirit of this year’s Communities matter @ your library theme, the library and Art Center College of Design are teaming up to tackle an important issue for many communities: gun violence. Led by Art Center faculty, students and alumni, children and their families will take part in hands-on book illustration and design workshops. Two of the five workshops will be taking place during National Library Week, April 15 and 20, in two branches of the Pasadena Public Library. Programs are part of Art Center’s ongoing anti-gun violence campaign, “Uncool.” 
Southern State Community College
Hillsboro, Ohio
The winner of the 2011 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week grant will once again be celebrating National Library Week by bringing both community college students and area residents together for the National Library Week Art Show at its Fayette Campus. This year, students were invited to submit paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs that exemplified the Communities matter @ your library week theme. Members of the community will be invited to view the submissions and explore the campus during the art show on Wednesday, April 17, at which time the winner wll be announced and awards given. 
Check out how Southern State Community College 2011 award winning National Library Week program.