Many Celebrated National Libraries Workers Day

Over 1,000 individuals were recognized as stars on the ALA-APA web site during this year’s celebration of National Library Workers Day (NLWD) on April 11, 2017.  Celebrated annually, NLWD is a time for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. This year’s celebration featured nominations from 47 states, the District of Columbia and 6 countries from around the globe. 

The day opened with a greeting from ALA President Julie Todaro who thanked library workers for the expertise, passion and dedication they bring to work every day, which is the foundation of the transformative process that libraries bring to communities. The day also featured the ALA-APA’s first ever a “Tweet-a-thon” of information about its resources on its Twitter and Facebook pages. 

In addition, many libraries and library systems also held celebrations to honor their workers. The Dickinson County Library (Iron Mountain, MI) recognized staff with new staff polo shirts. The library recently adopted a logo and had shirts made for the staff with the new logo embroidered on them.  Megan Buck, the director, also brought in some edible treats. Megan said, “We have an awesome staff and they work very hard.  We were excited to surprise them with new shirts and treats!”

Janna Hoglund, Branch Manager of Octavia Fields Memorial Library in Humble, Texas reported that this year, the National Library Week and National Library Workers Day were very special for the Octavia Fields Library. On March 23, 2017 at the City of Humble Council Meeting the library team were awarded with a proclamation that highlighted multiple Library contributions to the community. Also, April 10-13 were proclaimed by Mayor Merle Aaron to be the days of the Octavia Fields Library in the City of Humble, TX. (See news report.)

Ms. Hoglund said, “We celebrated these wonderful occasions with our community!” On NLWD, April 11th, the library welcomed Mayor of Humble Merle Aaron and City Manager Darrell Boeske to read to the children during the Preschool storytime. They had the Library Open House where they welcomed customers and partners. They offered multiple activities (live performances, gallery of the library and city history, “Learn Your Library” library scavenger hunt, Library presentation and others) and together with the community, enjoyed a cake! Library visitors were also given the opportunity to share why they love their library via a special “Why I Love My Library” activity. On April 12, we also celebrated with our toddlers by having a special event where they decorated cookies that were freshly baked in the library specifically for this occasion.

The ALA-APA is already making plans to ensure that next year’s event on April 10, 2018 is even bigger and better!  For information about how you can support the ALA-APA visit: www.ala-apa.org/donate