The History of National Library Week

In 1958, the first National Library week was celebrated. The theme? “Wake Up And Read!” Back in the mid-1950s, Americans were more interested in radios and TVs than in books. The American Library Association and the American Book Publishers believed it was vital for Americans to read, so they founded the National Book Committee in 1954, and together, with help from ALA and the Advertising Council, established National Library Week. Read more about the history of NLW at the ALA website

To this day, National Library Week, now sponsored by ALA, is celebrated for one week in April, with special programs and activities to promote awareness of school, public, academic, and special libraries throughout the nation.

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries continue to support their patrons with online collections and services. As an Abbot Public Library cardholder, you can access eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies, TV shows, and other items from our e-collections from the eBooks, Movies, and More! page, as well as digital resources that can help you learn a new language, do research for a homework project, build your resume, and so much more!

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