Events are in chronological order.
's offices and divisions sponsor a variety of library promotions throughout the year that libraries of all types all across the country can get involved with to promote libraries and create awareness of library issues. Check out the links below to see how you can bring these promotions to your library. The oldest of these events is National Library Week.
See the list of Upcoming Conferences.
Additional library promotional opportunities resources follow below, including dates for selected non- events.
- January at LibLearnX
Each year the ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩┐¬Ż▒app () honors books and media for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the , which include the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, do guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children's and young adult literature and media. The award announcements are made as part of the Midwinter Meeting, usually on the Monday morning of the Midwinter Meeting. Award presentations will be made at the Annual Conference. See the on the YMA announcement.
- January at LibLearnX
MLK╠řSunrise Celebrations╠řat the ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩┐¬Ż▒app's Midwinter Meetings are sponsored by╠ř's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table, and the Black Caucus of the .╠řThe annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration commemorates Dr. King's legacy and recognizes the connection between his life's work and the library world. Featured readings include selected passages from the works of Dr. King. View a digital version of this year's program book.╠ř
╠ř- on or around March 16
Freedom of Information (FOI) Day is an annual event on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government. Each year, the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award are presented by the ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩┐¬Ż▒app Washington (DC) Office on Freedom of Information Day to recognize those individuals or groups that have championed, protected, and promoted╠řpublic access to government information╠řand the╠řpublic's right to know.
School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs.╠řFirst celebrated in 1985╠ř(as School Library Media Month; the name was changed to School Library Month in 2010), every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. Shares the theme of National Library Week. Contact╠ř's American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of )╠řwith questions.
╠ř- April 12
D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. You may remember that Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in╠řRamona╠řQuimby, Age 8. Since then, "Drop Everything and Read" programs have been held nationwide╠řon April╠ř12th╠řin honor of Mrs. ClearyÔÇÖs birthday. We figured, why not "drop" the "day" and celebrate our beloved author, her timeless stories, and the joy of reading for the full month. So, "drop" by this website all month long in April and anytime you want to make reading a priority! D.E.A.R. is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); 's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of the ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩┐¬Ż▒app}; Reading Rockets; The General Federation of WomenÔÇÖs Clubs (GFWC); the American Press Institute; First Book;╠řHarperCollins╠řChildrenÔÇÖs Books; Read Kiddo Read; Walden Media and Ramona╠řQuimby.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩┐¬Ż▒app () and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries -- school, public, academic and special -- participate. For previous honorary chairpersons and event themes, see╠řNational Library Week History.
╠ř- Tuesday of National Library Week
The ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩┐¬Ż▒app-Allied Professional Association (-APA), the organization for the advancement of library employees, annually sponsors National Library Workers Day, which falls on the Tuesday of National Library Week. First celebrated in 2004, the purpose is to recognize all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day.
- Wednesday of National Library Week
National Library Outreach Day (formally National Bookmobile Day) celebrates library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are╠řmeeting╠řtheir patrons where they are. The event is sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Service (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).
╠ř- April 15-21, 2023
The ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩┐¬Ż▒app () joined in a partnership with the╠řFederal Reserve Bank of Chicago╠řto make Money Smart Week┬« @ your library a national initiative, which was first held April 2-9, 2011.╠řCelebrating its╠ř15th╠řyear in 2016 (and its sixth as a national initiative), Money Smart Week┬« -╠ř╠ř- is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002.╠ř
╠ř- April 30 ÔÇô May 6, 2023
Preservation Week, first observed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) in 2010, offers an opportunity to celebrate collecting and preservation in your community, and to highlight your institution as a source of preservation information.
╠ř- April 30
Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El╠řd├şa╠řde los╠řni├▒os/El╠řd├şa╠řde los╠řlibros╠ř(D├şa), is a celebration of children, families, and reading and held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. Through several grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of ) continues to increase public awareness of the event in libraries throughout the country.╠řALSC╠řis collaborating on this effort with the Founding Partner of╠řD├şa, the╠řNational Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA).╠řD├şa╠řis an enhancement of ChildrenÔÇÖs Day, which began in 1925. ChildrenÔÇÖs Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed childrenÔÇÖs book author╠ř╠řproposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El╠řd├şa╠řde los╠řni├▒os/El╠řd├şa╠řde los╠řlibros.╠ř
El 30 de╠řabril╠řes╠řuna╠řfecha╠řmuy╠řsignificativa╠řpara╠řlos╠řni├▒os. Se╠řcelebra╠řel╠řd├şa╠řde los╠řni├▒os╠řy de los╠řlibros.╠řEsta╠řcelebraci├│n╠řse╠řconoce╠řcomo╠řEl╠řd├şa╠řde los╠řni├▒os/ El╠řd├şa╠řde los╠řlibros, y╠řcelebra╠řla╠řalegr├şa╠řy╠řlas╠řmaravillas╠řde la╠řinfancia╠řy la╠řimportancia╠řde los╠řlibros╠řen╠řnuestra╠řvida.╠řP├│ngase╠řen╠řcontacto╠řREFORMA╠řcon╠řpreguntas.
Ôäó - June
Rainbow Book MonthÔäó is a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual╠řcommunity.╠ř
Originally established in the early╠ř1990s╠řby The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, assumed responsibility for the event in 2015. In 2020, the name of the celebration was changed from GLBT Book Month to Rainbow Book Month in coordination with╠řthe Rainbow Round Table's name change.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month - a time when the ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩┐¬Ż▒app and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is your library card. September was first so designated in 1988, as a continuation of a national campaign launched the previous year. Free promotional tools are available on the page. (see for names of prior Honorary Chairpersons/Spokespersons).╠ř
- October 1 ÔÇô 7, 2023
Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read since 1982, is observed the last week of September. Each year, librarians, booksellers, teachers and countless others take this opportunity to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom and remind us not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Contact 's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) with questions.
- Wednesday of Banned Books Week
In an extension of the observance of Banned Books Week, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) designated Wednesdays of Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. By doing so, it's AASL's hope to bring attention to the overly aggressive filtering of educational and social websites used by students and educators. Contact 's American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ) with questions.
TeenTober is a nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. TeenTober replaces YALSAÔÇÖs previous Teen Read WeekÔäó and Teen Tech WeekÔäó celebrations, allowing libraries the flexibility to celebrate all types of literacies according to their libraryÔÇÖs schedule.╠řLibrary staff are encouraged to utilize this new celebration to advocate for and raise awareness of the importance of year-round teen services in libraries. Contact 's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ) with questions.
- October 15-21, 2023
Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of celebration, courtesy of United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (a division of ). National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends ÔÇô promoting the group in the community, raising awareness and increasing membership and also giving libraries and boards of trustees the opportunity to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Contact 's United for Libraries with questions.
International Games Month, first celebrated in 2008 as National Games Day, focuses on the social and recreational side of gaming. Gaming at the library encourages patrons of all ages to interact with diverse peers, share their expertise and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. At the library, kids can socialize with their friends and play board and video games while surrounded by books, librarians and a real world of knowledge.
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Last updated: 2/2021