National Library Week

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First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the United States each April, typically the second full week.[1] Iy is an annual event that takes place every April with a lot of various events to promote library use and support.

In 1954 a nonprofit National Book Committee was established between the ALA and the American Book Publishers. In 1957 the committee developed the idea for National Library Week, hoping that it would motivate people to read and to support libraries.[2]

National Library Week occurs in April which is School Library Month. National Library Workers Day (Tuesday of the week), National Bookmobile Day, and Support Teen Literature Day (Thursday of the week) all occur during National Library Week. Each year the week has a new theme. The theme of the first sponsored week in 1954 was "Wake Up and Read!" and 2021's theme is "Welcome to Your Library."[3][4]

The honorary chair of National Library Week, April 3–9, 2022 was actress, comedian Molly Shannon. The American Library Association released the State of America's Libraries Report, highlighting the challenges U.S. libraries faced in the second year of the pandemic.[5]

Other countries[edit]

NLW started in USA and has speard all oevr the world in different countries. The first National Library Week of the Jamaica Library Association was held March 6–12, 1966.[6]

Australia's Library and Information Week is organized by the Australian Library and Information Association, and held annually at the end of May.[7] The first Australian Library Week was held in 1968 by the Australian Library Promotion Council.[7]

The UK observes Libraries Week. Originally it was a one day event, National Libraries Day, that began in 2012.[8]


  1. ^ Anderson, Dee (2009). Reading is Funny!. ALA Editions. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-8389-0957-7.
  2. ^ admin (2006-11-08). "Celebrate National Library Week". Conferences & Events. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  3. ^ American Library Association (2021). "National Library Week". Conferences & Events. Retrieved 2021-09-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ VHAWKINS (2015-04-10). "National Library Week History". About ALA. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  5. ^ "NLW 2022".
  6. ^ Drake, Miriam A. (2003). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Des-Lib. CRC Press. p. 1428. ISBN 0-8247-2078-4.
  7. ^ a b "Peak bodies forum". National Library of Australia. 2007.
  8. ^ "NLD events in previous years • Libraries Week". Retrieved 2018-03-19.

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