Nation to celebrate library workers’ contributions, April 6, 2021

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/16/2021


Beatrice Calvin

Manager, Professional Development

ALA-Allied Professional Association

(312) 280-4280

CHICAGO - Library staff play an invaluable role in supporting their communities both in person and virtually as the world continues to fight COVID-19. In times of crisis, libraries of all types and their workers serve millions of library users in need of free access to WiFi, eBooks, accurate information, and digital social services.

On April 6, 2021, the nation will celebrate National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to recognize library staff members for their public service contributions in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

The ALA Allied Professionals Association (ALA-APA) invites library advocates, patrons, and staff to show their support of our nation’s library workers by posting words of encouragement and appreciation for their local library stars at Academic, public, special, school library patrons can “Submit a Star” by providing a brief testimonial about a favorite library employee. Patrons are welcome to share stories about how library staff has an impact on their lives or community. Each testimonial will appear in ALA-APA’s “Galaxy of Stars."  Library staff and the general public can also share well wishes over their social media channels with the hashtag #NLWD21 or post messages to the National Library Workers Day Facebook page.

All library star submissions will be highlighted on April 6, during National Library Workers Day, a national celebration during National Library Week (April 4- 10) that highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming communities and improving lives.

A National Library Workers Day publicity tool kit that features free artwork, promotion material templates, and merchandise information is currently available. 

Additional information regarding National Library Workers Day is available at

The ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is a companion organization to the American Library Association (ALA), the ALA-APA is a nonprofit professional organization established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”