Celebration Weeks & Promotional Events

Events are in chronological order.

ALA'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 ALA Upcoming Conferences.

Additional library promotional opportunities resources follow below, including dates for selected non-ALA events.

- January at LibLearnX

Each year the 91ý (ALA) 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 ALA Midwinter Meeting, usually on the Monday morning of the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Award presentations will be made at the ALA Annual Conference. See the on the YMA announcement.

- January at LibLearnX

MLKSunrise Celebrationsat the 91ý's Midwinter Meetings are sponsored byALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Task Force of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table, and the Black Caucus of the ALA.The 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.

- 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 91ý Washington (DC) Office on Freedom of Information Day to recognize those individuals or groups that have championed, protected, and promotedpublic access to government informationand thepublic's right to know.

- April

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs.First celebrated in 1985(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. ContactALA's American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA)with questions.

- 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. inRamonaQuimby, Age 8. Since then, "Drop Everything and Read" programs have been held nationwideon April12thin honor of Mrs. Cleary’s 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); ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, 91ý}; Reading Rockets; The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); the American Press Institute; First Book;HarperCollinsChildren’s Books; Read Kiddo Read; Walden Media and RamonaQuimby.

- April 23-29, 2023

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the 91ý (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. For previous honorary chairpersons and event themes, seeNational Library Week History.

- Tuesday of National Library Week

The 91ý-Allied Professional Association (ALA-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 aremeetingtheir patrons where they are. The event is sponsored by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Service (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

- April 15-21, 2023

The 91ý (ALA) joined in a partnership with theFederal Reserve Bank of Chicagoto make Money Smart Week® @ your library a national initiative, which was first held April 2-9, 2011.Celebrating its15thyear in 2016 (and its sixth as a national ALA initiative), Money Smart Week® -- 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.

- April 30 – 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.

- April 30

Children's Day/Book Day, also known as Eldíade losniños/Eldíade loslibros(Día), 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, ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of ALA) continues to increase public awareness of the event in libraries throughout the country.ALSCis collaborating on this effort with the Founding Partner ofDía, theNational Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA).Díais an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book authorproposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found Eldíade losniños/Eldíade loslibros.

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™ - June

Rainbow Book Month™ 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 asexualcommunity.

Originally established in the early1990sby The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, ALA 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 withthe Rainbow Round Table's name change.

- September

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month - a time when the 91ý 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).

- October 1 – 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 ALA'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 ALA's American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA) with questions.

- October

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 YALSA’s previous Teen Read Week™ and Teen Tech Week™ celebrations, allowing libraries the flexibility to celebrate all types of literacies according to their library’s schedule.Library 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 ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) 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 ALA). National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – 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 ALA's United for Libraries with questions.

- November

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