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 National Library Week 2020 is " Find Your Place at the Library," and Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani will serve as 2020 National Library Week Honorary Chairs.
As the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more.
Just as libraries are pivoting in response to the current situation, the ALA is changing the focus of its annual National Library Week celebration, which will be held April 19-25, 2020. The theme for National Library Week (NLW) 2020, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen before the emergence of the global pandemic. To acknowledge our altered landscape, ALA flipped the script a bit on the theme. “Find the library at your place” highlights how libraries are offering virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
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National Library Week events
- April: School Library Month
- Monday, April 20 The 2020 State of America's Libraries Report is released
- Tuesday, April 21 National Library Workers Day
- Wednesday, April 22: National Bookmobile Day
- Thursday, April 23, Take Action for Libraries Day
National Library Week Honorary Chairs Maia and Alex Shibutani
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!).
National Library Workers Day, April 21, 2020
National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is a time to recognize library professionals for their expertise and leadership skills in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The day also reminds the public that library workers serve as community compasses that lead users to endless opportunities for engagement, enrichment and development.
To show appreciation for library workers and the work they do throughout the year, library users are invited to “Submit a Star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee at ala-apa.org/nlwd.
American Library Association Past- President Loida Garcia-Febo discusses value of nation's library professionals.
National Library Week Digital 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.
Save up to 25%* on your ALA Graphics order of $75 or more. Use coupon code: NLW20. *Everyone saves 15%; ALA Members save an additional 10%. Offer valid for online orders at alastore.ala.org during National Library Week, April 19-25, 2020. Offer valid on ALA Graphics items only.