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Jason Reynolds Named Inaugural Honorary Chair of Banned Books Week

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Banned Books Week Coalition are excited to announce that banned author Jason Reynolds has been named the inaugural Honorary Chair for Banned Books Week 2021. The New York Times bestselling author will headline the annual celebration of the right to read, which takes place September 26 – October 2, 2021.

Virtual Money Smart Week, April 10-17, focuses on those hardest hit by pandemic

CHICAGO – The pandemic and the ensuing financial crisis had a devastating impact on low- and moderate-income communities, underscoring the need for sound financial management. During Money Smart Week, April 10-17, online programs will feature financial programming for communities hurting the most.

The week will feature a week-long free virtual campaign aimed at helping people better manage their personal finances, with a focus on those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

#1000BlackGirlBooks founder Marley Dias to support Library Card Sign-Up Month 2021

CHICAGO—Marley Dias, author, executive producer and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, is taking on a new role as honorary chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month. This September, Dias will join the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide in promoting the power of a library card.

Core Webinar: Service Design In One Week: Design Sprint Basics

CHICAGO—More than ever, library leaders at all levels are asked to design and implement new services and programs on a rapid timeline. How can projects move quickly while engaging equitably with community and staff members? On Wednesday, April 21, discover how a design sprint process can lead a group from ideation to implementation in only five days with the webinar "Service Design In One Week: Design Sprint Basics". This session will explore how a sprint process can set the stage for both innovation and equity when designing a new library service.

First ever National Library Outreach Day to take place during National Library Week

(CHICAGO) – Libraries across the country will observe National Library Outreach Day on April 7, 2021. Formerly known as National Bookmobile Day, communities will celebrate the invaluable role library professionals and libraries continuous play in bringing library services to those in need.

New York Times's 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones to serve as 2021 Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO—Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has been appointed as the honorary chair of Preservation Week 2021, celebrated April 25-May 1, 2021.

Actress, author and activist Natalie Portman to serve as 2021 National Library Week honorary chair

CHICAGO—Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, author and activist, will lend her star power to shine a spotlight on our nation’s libraries as the honorary chair of National Library Week, April 4-10, 2021.