National Library Workers Day is April 21

This year, National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is Tuesday, April 21, 2020. It is a day set aside to recognize the phenomenal work, dedication and expertise of all library workers. Typically, we would encourage libraries to hold on-site celebrations. However, we understand that this does not feel like a time when we should be celebrating. Times are challenging, and uncertainty abounds. Our hearts go out to everyone who is suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems to have touched us all in some way. Now more than ever, it is of vital importance that we do what we can for one another and not lose our sense of community. Let’s be kind to ourselves and each other. Be a little bit more patient, more flexible, more forgiving of each other and ourselves. 

While we cannot have in-person celebrations, it is still an excellent time to highlight the critical role library workers play in keeping our libraries running. How about taking our celebrations online? Let’s take this time to flood social media (using the hashtag #NLWD20) with words of gratitude for all library workers. We can start by nominating library workers as Stars for the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars. Submit a Star by providing a brief testimonial about a favorite library employee (co-worker, supervisor, library team/department, etc.). Each testimonial (listing first names, library type and city/state location only) will be posted on the NLWD’s Galaxy of Stars page. You may nominate as many library workers as you like. Let’s show library workers how much we appreciate them.

Take a look at Ways to Celebrate NLWD 2020 During COVID-19.