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It's National Library Week

It’s National Library Week!

 

National Library Week (US) is a week to support libraries near and far! This year, it will take place from April 7 to 13 and will take on a “Ready, Set, Library!” theme. This theme helps to emphasize the outstanding readiness libraries have to connect individuals with their communities. Without exception, it also acts as a reminder of how libraries serve as focal points for learning, creativity, and connection.


National Library Week events


Monday, April 8: Right to Read Day, a day for readers, advocates, and library lovers to take action to protect, defend, and celebrate the right to read. State of America's Libraries Report released.


April 9: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.


April 10: National Library Outreach Day (formerly National Bookmobile Day), a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.


April 11: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day for all library advocates to affirm their participation in 2024 US elections.



History


First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious.  They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life."  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!" 


Get involved by visiting your local library this week!




Information retrieved from:


"National Library Week Press Kit", American Library Association, February 14, 2013.

Document ID: 52afedef-7d7e-c4b4-e9cc-14df3412b0a6

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