Day-By-Day Guide to Celebrating National Library Week 2021

Welcome to your library.

Don’t worry if you haven’t made plans yet for National Library Week! Here is a daily guide for how libraries can get involved whether festivities are taking place virtually or in person.

Pro Tip: Use the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek on social media.

Sunday, April 4: First day of National Library Week

  • Create a digital display or social media post reflecting this year’s NLW theme: Welcome to Your Library.
  • Encourage your community to share what they love about the resources and services available at your library on social media using the hashtag #MyLibraryIs for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.
  • Share free National Library Week graphics on your library’s social media, website, and newsletter.
  • Ask members of your community to share video testimonials throughout the week. Here are tips from Handley Regional Library System.

Monday, April 5: Release of the State of America’s Libraries Special Report: COVID-19

Tuesday, April 6: National Library Workers Day

  • Encourage patrons to show their appreciation for library staff by nominating someone for the Submit a Star program, which recognizes library employees nationwide for their hard work.
  • Post photos of library staff on social media or in a display using the hashtag #NLWD21.
  • Ask library users to thank their favorite library worker in person or on social media.

Wednesday, April 7: National Library Outreach Day

  • Post National Library Outreach Day graphics on social media.
  • Create a blog post or social media thread showcasing your library’s outreach services and how they keep the community connected to essential resources.Use the hashtag #LibraryOutreachDay.
  • Participate in the Virtual Bookmobile Parade, hosted by the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services.

Thursday, April 8: Take Action for Libraries Day

  • Contact President Biden and your Members of Congress, and urge them to include the $5 billion in funding for library facilities outlined in the Build America's Libraries Act in the upcoming infrastructure package. #BuildLibraries
  • Share Libraries Transform’s advocacy-themed Because statements on social media.
  • Invite elected officials to take a virtual tour of your library and highlight its value to the community.
  • Encourage your patrons to join Booklist's Donna Seaman and Dan Rather for a live conversation about his recent book, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. Registration is free and open to all, but space is limited, so tell them to sign up now.
  • Remind your community how important it is to #FundLibraries, and urge Congress to support libraries in the FY22 federal budget.

Friday, April 9

  • Use the customizable National Library Week Canva template to promote your library's resources and services.
  • Share NLW stories from ALA’s I Love Libraries website and blog to your library’s social media pages.
  • Create a blog or social media post about how community members can sign up for a library card online or in person.

Saturday, April 10: Last day of National Library Week

  • Thank your community for being a part of NLW. Create a social media thread highlighting posts from library users.
  • Draft a blog post or newsletter story recapping your library’s participation in NLW.