National Library Week will be held this year from April 23-29. The theme for the 2023 celebration is “There’s More to the Story.”
Libraries are full of stories in a variety of formats from picture books to large print, audiobooks to ebooks, and more. But there’s so much more to the story. Libraries of Things lend items like museum passes, games, musical instruments, and tools. Library programming brings communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, and lectures. Library infrastructure advances communities, providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for businesses, job seekers, and entrepreneurs.National Library Week 2023 will be a great time to tell your library’s multi-faceted story.
The American Library Association offers free promotional tools that include press releases, PSAs, and ready-made graphics.
Celebrations during National Library Week include:
- Monday, April 24: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2022.
- Tuesday, April 25: 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 26: National Library Outreach Day (formerly National Bookmobile Day), a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.
- Thursday, April 27: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.
First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. Read more about the history of National Library Week at American Libraries magazine, and check out the list of past National Library Week themes.