National Library Week
What is National Library Week?
National Library Week (NLW) is April 23 –29, 2023. It is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries, the contributions of library workers, and promote library use and support.
National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and has been observed in libraries across the United Sates each April since 1958. NLW has spread all over the world in different countries including the UK, Australia, and Jamaica.
What is this year’s NLW theme?
Each year, National Library Week has a theme, and for 2023 that theme is: “There’s More to the Story.” From our friends at the ALA:
“Libraries are full of stories in a variety of formats from picture books to large print, audiobooks to ebooks, and more. But there’s so much more to the story…Library programming brings communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, and lectures. Library infrastructure advances communities, providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for businesses, job seekers, and entrepreneurs. National Library Week 2023 will be a great time to tell your library’s multi-faceted story.”
A Statement from Our Director Skye Patrick
Libraries serve as lifelines for millions, connecting people to opportunities, resources, and assistance. This National Library Week, take time to remember that free access to information is among your greatest freedoms, providing you endless opportunities to advance and thrive.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
How is LA County Library observing National Library Week?
To celebrate National Library Week, we’ve assembled some of our favorite recorded programs from the past year, as well as photo highlights past activities and programs. Scroll and enjoy!
We’ve also created printable coloring sheets featuring some of our celebrated works of art at our libraries. Download all coloring sheets or click the images below to download your favorites, and be sure to check out the art in person!
Most Popular Virtual Events and Activities
Check out some of our most popular recorded events and activities over the past year.
Heart and Hand Virtual Book Talk: Destigmatizing Illiteracy with Social Media
African American and Black History Month: Culinary Traditions
Native American Heritage Month 2022: When My Brother was an Aztec Book Talk
Design Your Own Tote Bag – LA County Library
Heart & Hand Book Talk Series: Celebrating Authentic Cultural Representation
Heart and Hand Virtual Book Talk: Cultural Awareness through Food Literacy
Watercolor Art Postcard
Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers: Activity Cube