Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week, Sept. 18 - 24, 2022, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Library Card Sign-up Month
September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind the public that a library card is a key to limitless opportunities. Library Card Sign-up Month also brings attention to the supportive role libraries and librarians play in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.
Book Challenge Surge
In recent months, a national campaign demanding the censorship of books and resources that mirror the lives of those who are gay, queer, or transgender, or that tell the stories of persons who are Black, Indigenous, or persons of color have surfaced.
Libraries Respond to COVID-19
Academic, public, and school libraries are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and are providing library users with the resources needed to care for people whose lives have been disrupted by closures, job loss, and sickness.
Library eBook Lending Press Kit
America’s libraries are committed to promoting literacy and a love of reading with diverse collections, programs and services for all ages. In an increasingly digital world, our libraries are investing more in eBooks and downloadable media. And millions of people discover and explore new and favorite authors through both our digital and print collections.
Libraries and Voter Engagement
Libraries are centers of civic engagement in communities, schools, and academic institutions. By providing information, resources, and programming to foster full participation in the democratic process, libraries are valuable partners to government agencies, community leaders, and elected officials.
Money Smart Week
From April 9-16, 2022, libraries will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Money Smart Week®. Earning a living can be hard. But knowing how to spend, save and invest your money wisely can be even more of a challenge. Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The American Library Association (ALA) is among several partnering organizations.
During Preservation Week. April 24 - 30, 2022 libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared history.
On April 30, 2022, hundreds of libraries nationwide will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Día. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds by linking children and families to multicultural books, stories, and other library resources.
National Library Week
National Library Week, April 3 - 9, 2022, is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2022 National Library Week is "Welcome to Your Library."
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012, and recognize the best of the best in fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The awards serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.
ALA Youth Media Awards
Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth.
ALA Annual Conference 2022
The ALA Conference will take place June 23 - 28, 2022 in Washington, D.C. As the world's biggest library event, the onsite Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together thousands of librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors.
Offered biennially, the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends, and library vendors from across the country and around the world. This multi-day event offers over 100 top-quality education programs, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services. The Conference will take place March 23 - 25, 2022, in Portland, Oregon.
The Library Learning Experience (LibLearnX)
The American Library Association (ALA) will offer The Library Learning Experience (LibLearnX), Jan. 21 - 24, 2022, a member-based education experience for library professionals. This virtual event is designed to motivate, inspire, and engage attendees in discussions that will shape the future of libraries and their communities. The event will bring thousands of library workers, educators, special guests, and exhibitors from the library and information industry for meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations, and exhibits.
AASL National Conference & Exhibition
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference is the only national conference specifically for school librarians and dedicated to the unique role they serve as leaders, instructional partners, information specialists, teachers, and program administrators. This three-day event occurs once every other year and will be taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 21-23, 2021. The conference attracts more than 1,200 school librarians from across the country to share best practices, resources, and networking. Those communicating about the national conference are encouraged to use the official hashtag, #AASL21.
ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits
The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in January. The conference draws more than 10,000 leaders and staff, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors from the library and information industry for some 2,400 meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations and exhibits, united by the theme “The conversation starts here..
The American Library Association has made the difficult decision to cancel its Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 25-30, 2020, in Chicago. The association will now offer ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will hold ACRL 2021 from April 13 - 16. The ACRL Conference is a once-every-two-years opportunity for academic library professionals to access the best information, discover new ideas, and stay at the forefront of the profession. This professional development event offers cutting-edge content and countless opportunities to engage in conversations with academic and research librarians from around the globe.