For immediate release | March 25, 2013

Celebrate National Library Workers Day, April 16

CHICAGO - National Library Workers Day (NLWD), is Tuesday, April 16, 2013. It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) established the special day in 2003. NLWD is now celebrated each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 14-20 in 2013).

The ALA-APA helps libraries and individuals prepare to celebrate by featuring a range of creative suggestions on its website (see Celebration Ideas). The National Library Workers Day webpage encourages friends, patrons, employers and co-workers to “Submit a Star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee. Each testimonial (listing first names, library type and city/state location only) will be posted on the NLWD’s Galaxy of Stars page.

To help you prepare for this year’s celebration, the ALA-APA has provided a free poster that can be downloaded from its website. There are also a variety of other items such as t-shirts, buttons, stickers, etc. that may be purchased from the NLWD Store. Libraries often honor their staff by giving mugs, caps or totes with the NLWD logo.

NLWD recognitions can be organized by library administrators, Friends of the Library groups, library governance groups or committees, union leaders, student groups – anyone who’d like to honor the numerous contributions that library workers make throughout the year.

Has your library celebrated National Library Workers Day in the past? Is your library planning to recognize and honor your library workers this year? Tell us about your plans. Please send your ideas and information to They will be posted in Library Worklife,the official newsletter of the ALA-APA.

For more information, visit the ALA-APA National Library Workers Day website, or contact APA Director, Lorelle Swader.


Lorelle Swader


Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)

800-545-2433 ext. 4278