Nation to Celebrate Library Workers’ Contributions, April 9

Library workers have been under attack on many fronts. Yet library staff continue to play an invaluable role in supporting their communities. In both good times and times of challenge or crisis, library workers in all types of libraries serve millions of library users in need of free access to Wi-Fi, eBooks, accurate information, job search resources, and digital social services.

On April 9, 2024, the nation will celebrate National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to recognize library staff for their contributions in transforming lives and communities.

The ALA – Allied Professionals Association (ALA-APA) invites library advocates, patrons, and staff to show their support of our nation’s library workers by posting words of encouragement and appreciation for their local library stars at http://bit.ly/librarystar. Submit as many names as you like. Academic, public, special, school library patrons can “Submit a Star” by providing a brief testimonial about a favorite library employee. Patrons are welcome to share stories about how library staff has an impact on their lives or community. Each testimonial will appear in ALA-APA’s “Galaxy of Stars.”  Library staff and the general public can also share well wishes over their social media channels with the hashtag #NLWD24 or post messages to the National Library Workers Day Facebook  page.

All library star submissions will be highlighted on April 9, during National Library Workers Day, a national celebration during National Library Week (April 7 – 13) that highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming communities and improving lives.

A National Library Workers Day publicity tool kit that features free artwork, promotion material templates, and merchandise information is currently available.

Additional information regarding National Library Workers Day is available at https://ala-apa.org/nlwd/.