Welcome to National Library Week!, a celebration of all that is the awesomeness of libraries. This year the event takes place April 7-13, 2019 and the theme is Libraries = Strong Communities. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-founder Melinda Gates is acting as Honorary Chair for this year’s event.
From the American Library Association‘s website:
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.
I love libraries. This should be evident in the fact that my daughter’s bedroom is library-themed – check out her awesome book cart:
Official celebrations during National Library Week include:
- April is School Library Month
- Monday, April 8: The State of America’s Libraries Report will be released.
- Tuesday, April 9: National Library Workers Day, a day for recognizing the value of all library workers.
- Wednesday, April 10: National Bookmobile Day, a day for acknowledging the work of our nation’s bookmobiles and those supporting outreach in their communities.
- Thursday, April 11: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day for highlighting the need for continued support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Looking for ways to celebrate? Here are some ideas:
- Visit your local library! Libraries across the country are participating in National Library Week and they may have activities planned to celebrate.
- 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:
Personally, I’m hoping the stars align for me to get Anna to at least one story time at my local library (her morning nap usually keeps us from going).
Want more ideas? Check out the suggestions on the I Love Libraries website.