National Library Week

National Library Week 2024: Ready, Set, Library!

The theme for National Library Week 2024 (April 7-13) is Ready, Set, Library! National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and Newbery and Pura Belpré-award winning author Meg Medina will serve as 2024 Honorary Chair.

Meg Medina


“I’m thrilled to serve as the honorary chair of National Library Week for 2024! Libraries connect our communities and enrich our lives in ways we may not realize, and one of my greatest pleasures is discovering the unexpected and beautiful things libraries offer. From book groups to lending sports equipment to providing a safe after-school hangout space and so much more, libraries support us wherever we find ourselves on the roadmap through life’s journey. Join me and the American Library Association in celebrating the gift of libraries everywhere and the adventures and opportunities they unlock for us every day. Ready, Set, Library!”

How to Participate Celebration Days Free Tools

Ways to Celebrate

1. Visit your library.

National Library Week is the perfect time to visit your library. Many libraries have special events planned for the week. Bring the kids or invite your friends. Meet the librarians. Check out books or other great items in your library's collection or attend a program. Take time to learn all your library has to offer!

2. Tell us how you library for a chance to win

Hey library lovers, it's that time of year again—National Library Week! We need your help spreading some library love by sharing what you appreciate most about the services and resources your library provides.

Do you love getting lost in the stories of the library’s summer reading program, storytime, or book club? When you walk through the library’s doors, are you looking for a quiet nook to study or a makerspace to harness your creativity? What’s your favorite thing to check out—books, movies, cake pans, seeds? Do you attend programs to enrich your mind, meet local authors, or find support from your community?

We want to know how YOU library!

Participating is easy:
    Snap a pic or shoot a video showcasing your favorite thing about your library.
    Post to Instagram, X, Threads, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page with the hashtag #HowILibrary.
    And don’t forget to tag your library to let them know how much they are appreciated!

What's in it for you?
In addition to the gratification of supporting libraries, there’s also a chance to win great prizes.

  •     Grand Prize (1 winner): A VISA gift card ($150.00 USD value) and choice of one ALA Graphics poster.
  •     Second Prize (3 winners): Choice of one ALA Graphics poster.

So, let's see those book stacks, creative reading spots, and all the adventures that libraries take you on! If you don’t have a photo to share, check out the Library Elements graphics at The promotion starts Sunday, April 7, at noon CT and ends Friday, April 12, at noon CT.

Join the #HowILibrary movement, and let's make this the best National Library Week ever! Official Rules (PDF)

Help spread the word about the #HowILibrary promotion by sharing these graphics on social media:
Twitter/Facebook | Instagram

Instagram share: Imitating a dictionary entry: Library, (verb), To engage with the awesome, programs, resources, and community at a library. How do you library? Tell us for a chance to win. National Library Week. April 7-13, 2024. American Library Association

Facebook share: Imitating a dictionary entry: Library, (verb), To engage with the awesome, programs, resources, and community at a library. How do you library? Tell us for a chance to win. National Library Week. April 7-13, 2024. American Library Associatio

4. Follow your library, ALA, and I Love Libraries on social media.

    Be sure to follow your library on social media so you don't miss out on all they have to offer.
    Post one of our available graphics to your social media account and join the conversation by using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek.

    Don't forget to follow the American Library Association and I Love Libraries on social media!
    ALA accounts: Twitter: @ALALibrary | Facebook: @AmericanLibraryAssociation | Instagram: @americanlibraryassociation
    I Love Libraries: Twitter: @IloveLibraries | Facebook @ILoveLibraries

Celebration Days During National Library Week

Don't let censorship eclipse your freedom to read. Right to Read Day, April 8, 2024

Monday, April 8: Right to Read Day is a National Day of Action in support of the right to read. The State of America's Libraries Report is released, including Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2023. #RightToReadDay

National Library Workers Day, Libraries Work Because We Do. 4.9.2024, #NLWD24, ALA-APA

Tuesday, April 9: National Library Workers Day, a day for everyone to recognize the valuable contributions made by library workers. #NLWD24

Ready, Set, Library. National Library Workers Day, April 10, 2024

Wednesday, April 10: National Library Outreach Day, a day the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. #LibraryOutreachDay

Take Action for Libraries Day: Reader. Voter. Ready.

Thursday, April 11: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day for all library advocates to affirm their participation in 2024 elections. #TakeActionForLibraries

Free Tools to Celebrate

8.5 x 11" Mini-Poster in English (PDF) | 8.5 x 11" Mini-Poster in Spanish (PDF)

8.5 x 11" Mini-poster with room to customize in English (PDF) | 8.5 x 11" Mini-poster with room to customize in Spanish (PDF)

11 X 17" Mini-poster in English (PDF) | 11 X 17" Mini-poster in Spanish (PDF)

National Library Week Proclamation in English (Word doc) | National Library Week Proclamation in Spanish (Word doc)

National Library Week Sample Press Release in English (Word doc) | National Library Week Sample Press Release In Spanish (Word doc)

Social Media Graphics

Share these graphics on social media with the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

Graphics Featuring Honorary Chair

Editable Canva Templates

Check out the Ready, Set, Library! poster, poster file, mini-poster file, library card artwork, bookmarks, and Meg Medina READ poster available at the ALA Store.

NAtional Library Week 2024 poster with words: Ready, Set, Library! in red, yellow, and green

Meg Medina holds the book "Elena monta en bici" on an ALA READ poster

The theme for National Library Week 2024, “Ready, Set, Library!,” promotes the idea that in our always-online world, libraries give us a green light to something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and focus on what matters most.Find your crew at your library’s author talks, workshops, and book clubs.

No matter where you find yourself on the roadmap through life’s journey—preparing for a new career, launching a business, or raising a family—your library provides an inclusive and supportive community where everyone belongs.

Get ready to explore, become inspired, and connect with your library this National Library Week. Libraries are there for you, all the way to the finish line.

About Meg Medina

Meg Medina, the 2023­­­­–2024 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is a Cuban American author who writes for readers of all ages. Her middle-grade novel Merci Suárez Changes Gears received a Newbery Medal and was a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of the Year, among many other distinctions. Its sequel, Merci Suárez Can’t Dance, received five starred reviews, while Merci Suárez Plays It Cool received four stars, with Kirkus Reviews calling it “a fabulous finale to a memorable trilogy.” Her most recent picture book, Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, received honors including a Charlotte Zolotow Award and was the 2020 Jumpstart Read for the Record selection, reaching 2.24 million readers. She received a Pura Belpré Author Award Honor for her picture book Mango, Abuela, and Me. Her young adult novel Burn Baby Burn earned numerous distinctions, including being long-listed for the National Book Award and short-listed for the Kirkus Prize. Meg Medina received a Pura Belpré Author Award and a Cybils Award for her young adult novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which has been adapted and illustrated as a graphic novel by Mel Valentine Vargas. She also received an Ezra Jack Keats Writer Award for her picture book Tía Isa Wants a Car. When she is not writing, Meg Medina works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth, and literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

About National Library Week

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 2023 celebration marks the 65th 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 dates for National Library Week:
April 6-12, 2025
April 19-25, 2026
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National Library Week is made possible by:

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