Next week on April 10th, National Library Week begins. Initiated 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.” Around the country, libraries of all types, big and small, celebrate with a variety of events and displays.
Special celebrations are held during the week which include the following:
- Monday, April 11: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2015.
- Tuesday, April 12: 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 13: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
Each year a theme is assigned for the weekly celebration and this year the theme is “Libraries Transform,” and award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair. You can learn more about the writer at his website geneyang.com.