April 4th – April 10th is National Library Week!
National Library Week Events:
- April: School Library Month. School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and school libraries. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school libraries play in transforming learning. About the history of School Library Month.
- Monday, April 5: The State of America’s Libraries Report: Special Edition is released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020.
- Tuesday, April 6: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
- Wednesday, April 7: National Library Outreach Day (formerly known as National Bookmobile Day), a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.
- Thursday, April 8: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.
Ways to Celebrate National Library Week
1. Visit your library [online]
Whether you’re visiting in person or virtually, libraries offer the opportunity to explore new worlds through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Take time to connect with your library during National Library Week to see all they have to offer.
2. Sit in on A National Library Week Conversation with Dan Rather
Join Booklist’s Donna Seaman and Dan Rather for a live conversation about his recent book, “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism” in celebration of Take Action for Libraries Day, on Thursday, April 8.
Registration is free and open to all, but space is limited, so sign up now. The event is sponsored by United for Libraries, Booklist, and the American Library Association.
3. Participate in the #MyLibraryIs promotion on social media
Celebrate National Library Week 2021 by sharing what you love about the resources and services available at your library. Post to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page, about an e-book, audiobook, virtual storytime or bookclub, or how your library has made a difference while you’ve been social distancing at home. Use the hashtag #MyLibraryIs. We’ll gather all the entries, and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. The promotion starts Sunday, April 4 at noon CT and ends on Saturday, April 10 at noon CT. Don’t forget to tag your library!
If you love your library, say it loud and proud: vocal community support helps libraries secure much-needed funding and reminds hardworking library staff that their efforts are appreciated. Participating in the #MyLibraryIs promotion is a quick, easy way to help your library thrive!
Help spread the word about our #MyLibraryIs promotion by sharing these graphics on your social media channels.
4. Follow your library, ALA, and I Love Libraries on social media
Be sure to follow your library on social media so you don’t miss out on all they have to offer, including the most reliable information about keeping your family safe during these uncertain times.
Post one of our available graphics to your social media account and join the conversation by using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform.
Don’t forget to follow the American Library Association and I Love Libraries on social media!