Find Your Place at the Library: National Library Week, April 19-25, 2020
The theme for National Library Week, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen months ago before the emergence of a global pandemic forced most libraries to temporarily close their buildings.
While most libraries have closed their buildings to the public in the interest of community health and safety, they are open for business online, providing the virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever. Many libraries have expanded their access to digital content and found innovative ways to continue their programming virtually.
To highlight these efforts, we decided to build on the original National Library Week theme by flipping the text to “Find the library at your place.” We created a second set of digital graphics and revised the media tools to reflect the new tag line.
If your library is able to participate in National Library Week this year, we hope you'll join us online to bring attention to the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in continuing to serve their communities and check out these 20 easy ways to participate.
We're encouraging all libraries to tell us how your library is impacting lives and share those stories on social media using the hashtag #LibrariesStrong. We are also encouraging the public to show their appreciation for libraries throughout the week on social media by tagging their library and sharing how their library is making a difference in their lives while they are social distancing at home.
We understand some libraries may be using materials branded with the original theme. If you’ve already incorporated them into your National Library Week efforts, feel free to continue using them. We're providing the new graphics and tools with the revised theme to help libraries promote their electronic resources during our challenging times.
Questions? Email us.
Celebrations during National Library Week
- Monday, April 20: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2019.
- Tuesday, April 21: 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 22: 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 23: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.
In celebration of #NationalLibraryWeek, our friends at Save the Children and No Kid Hungry are recognizing and celebrating library workers for their ongoing role in storytelling and how they #SavewithStories every day! Share an IGTV storytime and they may feature you on a @savewithstories Instagram Story. Check out the details.
Maia and Alex Shibutani are 2020 Honorary Chairs!
Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, a.k.a. the ShibSibs, are National Library Week Honorary Chairs and want everyone to know that they think libraries are amazing! Help spread the word by posting it on your website, blog or social media channels! The video is available for download, with and without open captions, at bit.ly/nlw-shibsibs-video.
Maia and Alex Shibutani, a.k.a. the ShibSibs, are two-time Olympic bronze medalists, three-time world medalists, Four Continents Figure Skating Champions, and two-time U.S. National Champions. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, they became the first ice dancers of Asian descent to medal at the Olympics and are only the second sibling duo in the history of the sport to share an ice dancing medal. They travel the world and enjoy spending time together (most of the time), eating food (all of the time), and meeting new people (any time!).
KUDO KIDS: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist is the first in a middle-grade series that marks the writing debut of Maia and Alex Shibutani. Co-authored by Michelle Schusterman, recognized by the American Library Association's 2019 Rainbow Book List, the book is set at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The fun-filled, fast-paced mystery is inspired by the Shibutanis’ own familial bond and experiences traveling the world with Team USA. Available May 2020, just before the 2020 Olympics, the book captures the curiosity and life experiences that the ShibSibs share with their combined 1.4 million followers on social media channels and through their original YouTube videos, with more than 11 million views.
Maia and Alex Shibutani Graphics
Post these National Library Week ShibSibs graphics on your blog or social media channels!
Posters, mini posters, and bookmarks are available at the ALA Store.
Check out these 20 Easy Ways to Participate in National Library Week!
*Please note: The sample proclamation, press release, social media posts, and PSA scripts were updated on April 7.
Encourage your community to share some love on social media for your virtual library services during National Library Week. Ask them to post about an e-book, audiobook, virtual storytime or book club, or how your library has made a difference while they've been social distancing at home.
Ask them to post to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page, about an e-book, audiobook, virtual storytime or bookclub, or how the library has made a difference while they've been social distancing at home. We'll gather all the entries using the hashtag #ThankYouLibraries and tagging their library. One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. The promotion starts Sunday, April 19 at noon CT and ends on Saturday, April 25 at noon CT. Official rules coming soon.
Share these "Find Your Place at the Library" or "Find the Library at Your Place" graphics on your website and social media channels.
Use this easily editable Canva template during National Library Week to promote the resources available at your library. New to using Canva? Check out this tutorial. If you need additional advice or have trouble using these templates, email us. Don't forget to use #NationalLibraryWeek and tag us on social media!
Add our National Library Week frame to your Facebook profile picture
Show your support for libraries by adding our National Library Week frame to your Facebook profile picture.
Go to your profile on the Facebook app and tap "Edit" on your profile picture, then tap "Add Frame."
If you don't see it in the list search for "National Library Week."
You can also download the frame and add it to your profile picture manually.
National Library Week Materials from ALA Graphics
Posters, mini-posters, bookmarks, digital poster files , and the ShibSibs READ poster are available at the ALA Store!
ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.
About National Library Week
National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.
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!" The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event.
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