National Library Week (April 3 – 9, 2022) is a week where Americans celebrate libraries, library workers and library usage! This week started in the 1950s. Back then, research showed that Americans were spending too much time listening to the radio, watching TV, and playing musical instruments but not a lot of time reading. As a result, a group called the National Book Committee was formed. Their intention was to increase the amount of time Americans spent reading in their leisure. Working alongside the American Library Association and the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was created in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”
This year, National Library Week’s theme is “Connect with Your Library”. There are plenty of ways you can connect with us this week, but here are some fun ones:
April 4: Take a Shelfie
Stage a creative picture of your favorite book, tell us why you love it and then email it to us at: email@example.com so we can add it to our Instagram!
April 5: Fill Out a Heart & Tell Us Why You Love the Library
Come to the Reader’s Advisory Desk and fill out a colorful heart telling us why you love the library!
April 6: Decorate a Bookmark
Need a new bookmark? Come to the library and color your own!
April 7: What Should I Read Next?
Not sure what you should read next? Consult our book fortune teller for your next read.
April 8: Guess How Many Bookworms!
Stop by the library to guess how many bookworms (bookworms = gummy worms) are in the jar at our desk! Fill out a card with your name, phone number and guessed amount. If you guess the correct amount you get to keep the jar!
Peeps Diorama: All Week Long
You can also celebrate with Peeps! Create a Peeps diorama based on your favorite book or a literary theme. All characters must be portrayed using Peeps and all dioramas must use a standard size shoebox. No food can be used as material, other than your Peeps characters. Entries will be judged in four separate categories: Adults, Children, Teens, Families. Snap a picture of your finished diorama and send it to us via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name, age category, telephone number, and literary theme/book by Sunday, April 9. Entries will be posted to Facebook on Monday, April 10 and voting will take place via “likes”.