Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, author and activist, will lend her star power to shine a spotlight on our nation’s libraries as the honorary chair of National Library Week, April 4-10, 2021. She will help highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in serving their communities, especially during challenging times.
“Libraries are open, inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community,” Portman said. “They show us anything is possible by encouraging a love of learning, discovery and exploration.”
The theme for National Library Week 2021, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content and educational programs.
Free digital graphics promoting National Library Week are now available at ala.org/nlw.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an annual observance by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. National Library Week celebrations include the release of ALA’s 2021 “State of America’s Libraries Report,” April 5; National Library Workers Day, April 6; National Day for Bookmobiles and Outreach Services, April 7; Take Action for Libraries Day, April 8; and the celebration of School Library Month throughout April.