Every year, our friends at the American Library Association (ALA) sponsor a week honoring the contributions libraries make to their communities, schools, universities, and nations. This year’s celebrations run April 9-15, with ways for everyone to show their thanks no matter where they are. Read on to find out how you and your library can get involved in one of our favorite weeks of the year.
It's going down on social media.
No need to wait. You can get involved right now on social media. ALA has provided awesome images you can use to spread the word about National Library Week. With variations sized perfectly for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you can celebrate no matter which platforms your library uses. There are even Spanish versions, so whether you’re a Spanish speaker yourself or you have Spanish-speaking patrons, everyone can get involved. Be sure to use #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform to participate in the conversation and help make this celebration go viral.
But it doesn’t stop there. ALA is giving you the opportunity to express your appreciation for your “expert in the library” –and win a prize while you’re at it. On your social media platform of choice, answer this question: What is your librarian an expert in? Use the provided printable props (Alternate 1) (Alternate 2) or do something else entirely – you’re encouraged to be creative! No matter what you do, make sure to tag your response with #expertinthelibrary for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.
With paper, that is. ALA created new templates for Libraries Transform table tents. Customize them with your library’s message, print them out, and place them around town to let the public know just how libraries transform their communities. If you need some inspiration, we’ve already made a few of our own for the office:
The entirety of National Library Week is for celebrating, but specific celebrations are scheduled as well. On Monday April 10, ALA will release its 2017 State of America’s Libraries report, which includes the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2016. Later in the week are National Library Workers Day and National Bookmobile Day, two perfect opportunities to show appreciation for the individuals and initiatives that make libraries so great.
Why we (will always) need public libraries.
That’s a whole lot of ways to shower libraries with love, but you can find more ideas for celebrating National Library Week on ALA’s website.
We could write about our love for libraries for days. In fact, we already have. For more on the impact public libraries have had on their communities, download our white paper Why We (Will Always) Need Public Libraries.
Download the paper to learn:
- How libraries have evolved to become pillars of their communities through programs educating both children and adults
- The ways libraries foster local-level innovation and collaboration
- How resources far beyond books help you reach new patrons and retain old ones
- How libraries can learn by example to ensure their space is staying up-to-date and valuable
When you're finished, you might even want to start a National Library Week of your own.