National Library Week is a time-honored celebration that recognizes the invaluable contributions of libraries and librarians to our communities and society as a whole. Since its inception, this annual event has served as a platform to raise awareness about the importance of libraries, promote literacy and highlight the transformative power of knowledge. The theme for National Library Week 2024 (April 7-13) is Ready, Set, Library! 

The roots of National Library Week can be traced back to the late 1950s when the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Book Committee (now known as the National Book Foundation) saw the need to promote reading and literacy in the United States. In 1958, the ALA President, Leland W. Conrath, initiated the idea of a national observance to celebrate libraries and librarians.

National Library Week holds profound significance for individuals, communities and the nation as a whole. Libraries play a crucial role in promoting literacy by providing access to books, educational materials and literacy programs for people of all ages. National Library Week raises awareness about the importance of literacy and encourages individuals to engage with reading and learning resources available at their local libraries.

Join us and the American Library Association in celebrating the gift of libraries everywhere and the adventures and opportunities they unlock for us every day. 

Melody K. Smith

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