Happy National Library Week!
Welcome to National Library Week!, a celebration of all that is the awesomeness of libraries. This year the event takes place April 19-25, 2020 and the theme is Find Your Place at the Library. Maia and Alex Shibutani are Honorary Chairs for this year’s event. Maia and Alex, a.k.a. the ShibSibs, are two-time Olympic bronze medalists, three-time world medalists, Four Continents Figure Skating Champions, and two-time U.S. National Champions.
From the American Library Association‘s website:
National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. In 1957, the (National Book) Committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event.
Official celebrations during National Library Week include:
- April is School Library Month
- Monday, April 20: The State of America’s Libraries Report will be released.
- Tuesday, April 21: National Library Workers Day, a day for recognizing the value of all library workers.
- Wednesday, April 22: National Bookmobile Day, a day for acknowledging the work of our nation’s bookmobiles and those supporting outreach in their communities.
- Thursday, April 23: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day for highlighting the need for continued support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Due to COVID-19, this year is a obviously, and sadly, a tough one for making visits to your library. However, there are other ways that you celebrate from the safety of your home:
- Visit your local library’s website! My library has several online offerings – story time, lectures, and access to free classes. Who knows what awesome resources your own library has available.
- Let folks on social media know that you support libraries by using hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform. You can also share social media graphics on the ALA website (scroll down).
- Follow your library, the American Library Association and I Love Libraries on social media:
Want more ideas? Check out the suggestions on the I Love Libraries website.