Library Promotions and Events
ALA's offices and divisions sponsor a variety of library promotions throughout the year that libraries of all types all across the country can get involved with to promote libraries and create awareness of library issues. Check out the links below to see how you can bring these promotions to your library.
Teen Tech Week -
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative aimed at teens, their parents, educators, and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to encourage teens to use libraries nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to help teens recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. The event is held annually during the second week of March.
National Library Week - April 13-19, 2008
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. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.
In 2008, National Library Week will be celebrated under the theme, "Join the Circle of Knowledge @ your library®", incorporating the @ your library® brand of The Campaign for America's Libraries.
Julie Andrews is the honorary chair of National Library Week 2008
Future National Library Week dates:
National Library Workers Day - April 15, 2008
The Allied Professional Association of the American Library Association (ALA-APA) annually sponsors National Library Workers Day, which falls on the Tuesday of National Library Week. The purpose is to recognize all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day.
Support Teen Literature Day - April 17, 2008
Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of ALA, to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens.
School Library Media Month - April
First celebrated in 1985, many school library media programs celebrate the month of April as School Library Media Month in conjunction with, and sharing the same theme as, National Library Week.
April 30, 2008
Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Dia), is a celebration of children, families, and reading and held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. Through several grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) continues to increase public awareness of the event in libraries throughout the country. ALSC is collaborating on this effort with the Founding Partner of Dia, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA).
Library Card Sign-up Month - September
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is @ your library®--it's your library card.
Banned Books Week - September 27–October 4, 2008
Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, is observed the last week of September. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.
Teen Read Week - October 12-18, 2008
In 2008, Teen Read Week will be celebrated under the theme, "Books with Bite @ your library."
A national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association that is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. The continuing message of the Teen Read Week initiative is to encourage 12-18 year olds to "Read For The Fun Of It". Each year an annual theme allows YALSA to focus on timely topics and teen interests. Teen Read Week is celebrated the third full week in October every year.