This week (April 12-18) is National Library Week, which was first sponsored in 1958. According to the American Library Association, National Library Week is a national celebration of the contributions of America’s libraries and librarians, and was established to promote library use and support. The timing for this designation was significant, because studies conducted in the mid-1950’s showed that Americans were becoming more interested in TV, radio, and movies. So National Library Week was invented to bring attention back to books.
Celebrations during National Library Week include:
- National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 14, 2015);
- National Bookmobile Day, celebrated the Wednesday of National Library Week (April 15, 2015; and
- Celebrate Teen Literature Day, celebrated the Thursday of National Library Week (April 16, 2015).