Thank your partners, spread the good word about libraries, have fun and inclusive activities, and use your social media and local news resources.

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. 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.

Thank your library partners: Use personal letters, an add in the newspaper, a quick email, and/or a Facebook post, visit speakers & program hosts, visit classrooms.

Spread the word about the library: Send out a thank you letter with your annual report infographic to the newspaper, radio, teachers, board members, city council, county board, Friends of the library.

Social Media: post pictures and stories with library user permission, post Thank Yous, Libraries Transform messages, and your annual report message.

Include #WisconsinLibrary and #NationalLibraryWeek on social media

Fun Activities: ask for patron book reviews, their favorite library memory or service, create a fun photo booth, do wacky displays, offer tours to organizations, bookworm trivia, special story times, give out a surprise for every 100th visitor.

Celebrations during National Library Week include: 

  • National Library Workers Day, (April 10, 2018), a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers; 
  • National Bookmobile Day, (April 11, 2018), a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities; and Take Action for Libraries Day, (April 12, 2018) a national library advocacy effort.
  • Take Action for Libraries Day, (April 12, 2018) a national library advocacy effort.


– Submitted by Anne Hamland