Happy National Library Workers Day!

Today, April 10th, is National Library Workers Day (NLWD). NLWD is a day set aside to recognize the contributions of all library workers —librarians, support staff and others who make library services possible. 

Library employees are crucial to our economy and culture. The ALA–Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) encourages you to take time to honor those workers who make a difference in your library by nominating them as stars. Let others know about the creativity, enthusiasm or great customer service encountered by your library patrons.

It’s exciting to read about so many inspirational library workers. Here are just a few excerpts from some of the nominations received to date

  • Sandy from a school library in Palos Park, Illinois, is “very conscientious and helps to create a welcoming atmosphere in the media center. The middle school students always comment on how she brightens their day.”
  • Sheila is an administrative assistant in a public library in Elmont, New York. Maria said, “Her title does little to describe how invaluable a member of our team she is. [Sheila] goes above and beyond each and every day. She puts the ‘HUMAN’ in human services.”
  • Matt from a special library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a Star “because he works so hard, doing so many things to make our library run smoothly! Matt is just fantastic.”
  • Yolanda from an academic library in Gallup, New Mexico, is “a phenomenal, behind-the-scenes worker who is always looking to take on another challenge. She’s a wonder-worker!”

It’s not too late to nominate your own stars! Anyone may nominate a “Star” library worker or team. Stars can be anyone who works in a library, including students, paraprofessionals and supervisors. Submit nominations through the NLWD website. New nominations will be showcased in the Galaxy of Stars on the NLWD website each week. 

Celebrate the day! Do something special for your staff to show your appreciation for all they do to keep the library running.