National Library Week (April 9 - 15, 2017) 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 2017 National Library Week is "Libraries Transform." Olympic soccer gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy will serve as this year's National Library Week Honorary Chair.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate every year in National Library Week.
National Library Week events
- April: School Library Month
- Monday, April 10: The 2017 State of America's Libraries Report is released
- Tuesday, April 11: National Library Workers Day
- Wednesday, April 12: National Bookmobile Day
- Thursday, April 13, Take Action for Libraries Day
Libraries Transform - Results of the 2016 National Library Week Video Challenge
During National Library Week 2016, we asked libraries from around the country to submit video responses to the question “What does transformation look like at your library?” Here's what they had to say.
Thanks to: Baltimore County Public Library,Towson, Maryland; Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, North Carolina; Daviess County Public Library, Owensboro, Kentucky; Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville, North Carolina; Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina; Library Science Library, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Mauney Memorial Library, Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Pharr Memorial Library, Pharr, Texas. Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Russell Library, Middletown, Connecticut; Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, Washington. Sunnyvale Public Library, Sunnyvale, Californiaand Wichita Public Library, Wichita Kansas.
National Library Week Press Releases
Artwork -- Coming Soon
National Library Week Honorary Chair Julie Foudy
Julie Foudy is a retired professional soccer player, two-time World Cup champion, and a medalist in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. She was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007. She is currently a reporter and analyst for ABC/ESPN, contributor and writer for espnW, and motivational speaker.
Foudy is the director and founder of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, a unique residential camp experience that uses sports as a vehicle to teach leadership skills for life. She also founded the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation, which has a mission of building on a foundation of sports and fitness to empower young women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become leaders who positively impact their communities.
Foudy also will add author to her credits with the release of her first book, “Choose to Matter,” to be published by Disney Publishing Worldwide in the spring of 2017.
Foudy Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Print PSA Featuring National Library Week 2017 Honorary Chair Julie Foudy
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