National Library Week 2023

ACLA encourages all community members to visit the library during National Library Week, April 23-29, to explore all they have to offer.

Most people know about the wealth of stories available at the library, from picture books and large print to audiobooks and ebooks. But there’s so much more to the story of libraries. Libraries are welcoming spaces that bring communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, lectures, and more. Allegheny County libraries offer a wide array of programs, classes and resources. And libraries play a critical role in the economic vitality of communities by providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for job seekers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.

If you haven’t checked out your local library lately, you’re missing the full story. Stop by for a visit to celebrate with them during National Library Week, April 23-29.

Amy Anderson (ACLA CEO), Andrew Medlar (President & Director, CLP) and Karlyn Voss (Director, External and Government Relations, CLP) receive a proclamation celebrating National Library Week from Samuel DeMarco III and Allegheny County Council.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April. There are several celebrations taking place during National Library Week.

Monday, April 24Right to Read Day is a National Day of Action in support of the right to read. The State of America’s Libraries Report is released, including Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2022.

Tuesday, April 25National Library Workers Day, a day for everyone to recognize the valuable contributions made by library workers. We encourage you to Share Your Library Story to recognize the important role that libraries and library staff have played in your own life.

Wednesday, April 26National Library Outreach Day, a day the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. Locally, we will be celebrating the role that ACLA Mobile Library Services fills for our preschoolers, seniors and communities.

Thursday, April 27Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to urge members of Congress to protect the freedom to read. Please consider volunteering your time and energy to your local library’s board and governance by visiting The Talent Bank to submit your name for consideration.