National Library Week (April 4 - 10, 2021) is a time to celebrate our nation's libraries, library workers' contributions and promote library use and support.
The theme for National Library Week 2021 is "Welcome to Your Library."
During the pandemic, library workers continue to exceed their communities' demands and adapt resources and services to meet their users' needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, author, and activist is the honorary chair of National Library Week 2021. A lifelong fan of books, Portman is an avid reader and often shares what she is reading on her Instagram feed, as part of Natalie Portman's Book Club, using the hashtag #whatnatreads. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she is a graduate of Harvard University and just recently released her debut picture book - “Natalie Portman’s Fables.”
National Library Week Word Search Activity Page (PDF)
National Library Week Coloring Page (PDF)
National Library Week Coloring Page in Spanish (PDF)
Celebrations during National Library Week
Monday, April 5: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020.
Tuesday, April 6: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
Wednesday, April 7: National Library Outreach Day, a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.
Thursday, April 8: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.
Library Facts and Figures
Quotable Facts about Libraries
National Library Week Audio Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Nation to celebrate library workers’ contributions, April 6, 2021
First-ever National Library Outreach Day to take place during National Library Week
Actress, author, and activist Natalie Portman to serve as 2021 National Library Week honorary chair