LAC Group is proud to support the American Library Association’s 60th annual National Library Week, April 8-14, 2018. This year’s theme is Libraries Lead and serving as Honorary Chair is Misty Copeland, principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre and the first African-American woman to hold that role in the company’s 75-year history.
2018 National Library Week activities
- Annual update of State of America’s Libraries Report.
- Tuesday, April 10 is National Library Workers Day, when you can recognize the contributions made by all library workers.
- Wednesday, April 11 is National Bookmobile Day, to recognize the contributions of the country’s bookmobiles that make outreach possible in their communities.
- Thursday, April 12 is Take Action for Libraries Day, and the link will enable you to take action to protect federal funding of libraries.
Show your library some love!
Even in our digital age, Americans support their public libraries. Research and reporting on the state of public libraries in the U.S. done by the Pew Research Center show the following:
- About half of all those age 16 and older (48%) say they have visited a public library or bookmobile in person in the prior year.
- Generationally, 53% of Millennials, 45% of Gen Xers, 43% of Baby Boomers and 36% of the Silent Generation have used a library or bookmobile in the prior year.
What you can do during National Library Week:
- Visit your local library and support their community activities
- Support libraries on social media, following I Love Libraries on Facebook and Twitter, including the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform
- Recognize your favorite library worker
- Support Take Action for Libraries Day
Where did the library lead you?
Keeping with the theme of Libraries Lead, everyone is invited to share their stories of how the library led them to something of value by posting text and/or pictures to Twitter, Instagram, or the I Love Libraries Facebook page during National Library Week. Entries must include hashtags #LibrariesLead and #NationalLibraryWeek for a chance to win a $100 gift card and a copy of “Firebird,” the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Honorary Chair Misty Copeland.
For more information on National Library Week, visit ILoveLibraries.org