National Library Week

National Library Week 2022: Connect with Your Library

Molly Shannon, multiple Emmy-nominated and Spirit Award-winning actress, comedian, and legendary Saturday Night Live cast member, will help celebrate our nation’s libraries as the honorary chair of National Library Week, April 3–9, 2022. Shannon will highlight the numerous ways libraries serve to connect communities to books, resources, programs, and, of course, each other.  

“I am so honored to serve as honorary chair of National Library Week for 2022. My mom was a librarian. She encouraged kids to read. So, the work of librarians and libraries has such a special place in my heart,” Shannon said. “Libraries are places where communities connect—to things like broadband, computers, programs and classes, books, movies, video games, and more. But most importantly, libraries connect us to each other. Supporting National Library Week in this role allows me to connect to my mother's memory and all the librarians out there. Thank you for everything you do."  

The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action—an invitation for communities to join, visit, or advocate for their local libraries. 

Molly Shannon


Visit the ALA Store for Connect with Your Library poster, mini-poster, and bookmarks!

Connect with Your Library, National Library Week poster. (The word connect is written with the cord of a computer mouse, two hands close in for a high five; an electrical plug is being attached to power)

Free National Library Week Tools


Use these customizable Canva templates for social media posts to promote National Library Week and the resources available at your library. Add your library logo and replace "Your Library" with the resource or program you want to promote. More tools for promoting National Library Week will be available soon, including a sample press release, proclamation, and PSAs featuring our 2022 National Library Week Honorary Chair. Sign up for the Libraries Transform newsletter or visit this page in the future for updates.

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Screenshot of customizable Canva template for celebrating National Library Week. Connect with Your Library. The words "Your library are ediitable to include specific resources" and there's place to upload your library's logo

About National Library Week


Other Celebration Days During National Library Week:

Monday, April 4: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2021.
Tuesday, April 5: 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 6: National Library Outreach 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 7: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.

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.

Read more about the history of National Library Week at American Libraries magazine, and check out the list of past National Library Week themes.

Future National Library Week dates:

2023: April 23-29
2024: April 7-13, 2024
 
Questions? Contact campaign@ala.org.
 

National Library Week is made possible by:


Libraries Transform

Join ALA's Libraries Transform public awareness campaign for year-round access to public awareness tools and tips.

 


Library Champions, Investing in America's Libraries
Thank you to ALA Library Champions for supporting ALA’s efforts in raising public awareness for libraries and librarians.

 


Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Thank you to Dollar General Literacy Foundation for funding The American Dream Starts @ your library program.