Libraries Respond to COVID-19
Academic, public, and school libraries are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and are providing library users with the resources needed to care for people whose lives have been disrupted by closures, job loss, and sickness.
Libraries and Civic Engagement
Libraries are centers of civic engagement in communities, schools, and academic institutions. By providing information, resources, and programming to foster full participation in the democratic process, libraries are valuable partners to government agencies, community leaders, and elected officials.
Library Card Sign-up Month
September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind the public that a library card is a key to limitless opportunities. Library Card Sign-up Month also brings attention to the supportive role libraries and librarians play in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.
Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 - Oct. 3, 2020, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, were established in 2012, and recognize the best of the best in fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The awards serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.
ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits
The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in January. The conference draws more than 10,000 leaders and staff, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors from the library and information industry for some 2,400 meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations and exhibits, united by the theme “The conversation starts here..”
ALA Youth Media Awards
Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth.
ALA Annual Conference 2021
No other event in the world offers a better opportunity to learn about current issues and trends in library and information science and technology than the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition. More than 20,000 attendees participate in events, hear inspiring speakers, and learn from thought leaders and colleagues at more than 2,500 programs and events. The conference also offers attendees access to more than 900 vendors in the world’s largest library-focused exhibit hall.
The American Library Association has made the difficult decision to cancel its Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 25-30, 2020, in Chicago. The association will now offer ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection
Library eBook Lending Press Kit
America’s libraries are committed to promoting literacy and a love of reading with diverse collections, programs and services for all ages. In an increasingly digital world, our libraries are investing more in eBooks and downloadable media. And millions of people discover and explore new and favorite authors through both our digital and print collections.
On April 30, 2020, public and school libraries will celebrate Día, a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Programs such as Día play a critical role in helping meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, while also fueling understanding and acceptance.
During Preservation Week. April 26 - May 2, 2020 libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared history.
National Library Week
National Library Week, April 19 - 25, 2020, is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is "Libraries=Strong Communities."
Money Smart Week - CANCELED
Due to the COVID-19 situation, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has canceled the 2020 Money Smart Week campaign scheduled for April 4-11, 2020.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will hold ACRL 2019 from April 10 - 13, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, in Ohio. The ACRL Conference is a once-every-two-years opportunity for academic library professionals to access the best information, discover new ideas, and stay at the forefront of the profession. This professional development event offers cutting-edge content and countless opportunities to engage in conversations with academic and research librarians from around the globe.
Offered biennially, the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends, and library vendors from across the country and around the world. This multi-day event offers over 100 top-quality education programs, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services. The Conference will take place March 20 - 24, 2018, in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
AASL National Conference & Exhibition
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is the only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community. Its National Conference & Exhibition, held every two years, is the leading professional development event for school library professionals. It is also an excellent educational and business forum for the entire library and educational community. Learning, networking and the launch of AASL’s new National School Library Standards will guarantee attendees their place at the forefront of teaching and learning.