First held in 1958, NLW has been sponsored by the American Library Association and observed each April since, with a focused theme. This is NLW’s 60th anniversary! The 2018 theme for NLW is “Libraries Lead.” This year, in keeping with the Libraries Lead theme, librarians are encouraged to ask patrons how the library led them to something valuable in their lives. Ideas: Collect these responses and share them on a message board or select a few to share in a newsletter or local newspaper article. Plan a reception and invite your city council and mayor! Have an auction or a contest.
The week’s events include:
- Release of ALA’s 2018 “State of America’s Libraries Report;” this annual report examines library trends of the past year and includes the “Top Ten List of the Most Challenged Books of 2017.”
- Tuesday, April 10 is designated as National Library Workers Day, recognizing librarians and support staff that makes library services and programming happen every day.
- Wednesday, April 11 is National Bookmobile Day, recognizing the nation's bookmobiles and the library staff who make this kind of outreach possible in their communities.
- The entire month of April is School Library Month, sponsored by the American Association of School Libraries, a division of ALA.
Find press releases, promotional materials, and more at ALA's National Library Week page:
Libraries are the purest display of our democratic ideals where everyone is welcome and all ideas are deemed equal and accessible. Celebrate National Library Week…celebrate our public libraries which strengthen our democracy and secure our 1st amendment rights! Happy National Library Week!
Daria Bossman, State Librarian