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.
Last year over at Uncanny Pop, I posted infographics, book spotlights, and interviews with librarians and library staff. I’ll repost those articles here on my blog so stay tuned.