Celebrate National Library Week 2014!

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Celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014.

Best-selling author and intellectual freedom advocate Judy Blume will serve as Honorary Chair, National Library Week, 2014.

Judy Blume writes that she found her first favorite books while sitting on the floor of the children’s room at the public library in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She grew up with her own characters and stories running around inside her head. Today her characters live in twenty-eight books in thirty-two languages.

Blume is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom. She has worked closely with the National Coalition Against Censorship as well as the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom to protect the freedom to read. She is proud to be a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Library Association. Most recently she was co-writer/producer of a film adaptation of her novel Tiger Eyes. Currently she is writing a new novel.

Lives change @ your library

Every day across the country, libraries open their doors to everyone: students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, gamers, movie lovers and travel buffs.

Head to your library during National Library Week to see what's new and take part in the celebration.   Libraries across the country are participating. 

Share Your Library Story

The theme for National Library Week 2014 is Lives change @ your library. Do you have a story about how the library has impacted your life? Please share what your library means to you.

Join in the fun. Share what your library means to you during National Library Week and you could win a Kindle Fire.

Tweet about how the library has changed your life using the hashtag #LivesChange and/or #NLW14. If your story needs more than 140 characters we encourage you to add it to the @ your library story collection.

Girl with speech bubble that says Books! Books! Books!Click image to enlarge


Or snap a library selfie that tells your story.  If you'd like to use a speech bubble like the one pictured at left, we've created a template which you can download and print. Join our Lives change @ your library Flickr group or share on your favorite social media channel using the hashtags #LivesChange and #NLW14.

Details and official rules available on the @ your library website.

Sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public.

Libraries of all types are hosting signing ceremonies throughout the year, but you can also sign online and help us spread the word using the hashtag #right2libs.

Other Events During National Library Week


About National Library Week

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.

Connect with your kids @ your library

Check out our Family Activity Guide for ideas on how you can spend quality family time at your library.

Librarians, please visit ala.org/nlw for ideas and tools to celebrate National Library Week.


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