National Library Week (April 10 – 16, 2016) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2016 National Library Week is “Libraries Transform.”
First sponsored in 1958, 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 and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.
National Library Week Honorary Chair Gene Luen Yang
The 2016 National Library Week theme is Libraries Transform, and Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair.
Gene Luen Yang is an award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for
Young People’s Literature. His 2006 book, “American Born Chinese,” was the first graphic novel to be a
finalist for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award.
It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album. Learn more at geneyang.com.
National Library Week Press Releases
Gene Luen Yang lends support to highlight the transformation of libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair
National Library Week events
- April: School Library Month
- Monday, April 11: The 2016 State of America’s Libraries Report is released
- Tuesday, April 12: National Library Workers Day
- Wednesday, April 13 National Bookmobile Day
Library Facts & Figures
Number of Libraries in the United States
The Nation’s Largest Libraries. A Listing By Volumes Held
National Library Symbol/Library Symbol Highway Sign
National Library Week Fact Sheet
American Library Association Fact Sheet