Free Tools Available to Celebrate National Library Week



National Library Week banner graphic with photo of and quote from Molly Shannon

Tools are now available to help communities nationwide celebrate the contributions of libraries and library professionals during National Library Week, April 3 – 9, 2022.

National Library Week is held each April by the American Library Association (ALA). The annual celebration highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education, technology, information access, and more.

Download promotional tools

ALA offers resources to help libraries and the public promote this year’s National Library Week theme of “Connect with Your Library.” Free materials in both English and Spanish can be found on the National Library Week Toolkit page. These include PSA scripts, a proclamation, mini-posters, a coloring page, and a sample press release.

Also available on the website are downloadable digital graphics featuring actress, comedian, and legendary Saturday Night Live cast member Molly Shannon, who serves as the 2022 National Library Week Honorary Chair. Customizable Canva templates to promote library resources or programs are available as well.

National Library Week special events

As part of the celebration:

  • Monday, April 4 — ALA will release the State of America’s Libraries Report, including the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2021.
  • Tuesday, April 5 — National Library Workers Day invites library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
  • Wednesday, April 6 — National Library Outreach Day celebrates the contributions of library professionals who meet their patrons where they are. This might range from a bookmobile stop at a local elementary school to services provided to community homes to library pop-ups at community gatherings.
  • Thursday, April 7 — on Take Action for Libraries Day, advocates across the country will call on elected officials to support libraries with robust federal funding. They’ll also spread the word about how libraries help communities succeed and thrive.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

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