National Library Week celebrates 50th anniversary

Contact: Macey Morales

ALA Media Relations

For Immediate Release,

April 8, 2008

National Library Week celebrates 50th anniversary

CHICAGO — Communities across the country will celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers by offering special programs and services during National Library Week, April 13-19.

This year, National Library Week marks its 50th anniversary with the theme “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library®.” All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate.

This year’s National Library Week honorary chair is the beloved entertainer and author Julie Andrews, known for her roles in such classic movies as “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” and such books as
Thanks to You—Wisdom from Mother and Child and
The Great American Mousical. In her role as chair, Andrews has produced a series of television and radio Public Service Announcements for National Library Week, which are available at

National Library Week events include the celebration of National Library Workers Day on April 15; Support Teen Literature Day on April 17, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the ALA; Gaming@ your library, a series of special gaming programs and events, on April 18; and the release of the 2007 State of America’s Libraries (SAL) report on April 14. In addition to National Library Week, many school libraries also celebrate the month of April as School Library Media Month, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the ALA.

Launched in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the ALA and libraries across the country to honor the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. For more information on National Library Week, please visit the Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site at