National Library Week 2020 April 19th-25th: 20 Easy Ways to Participate

National Library Week is happening now! While people won’t be able to celebrate in person this year, there are many ways to recognize NLW. Here are some quick tips on how libraries can participate: 

  1. Share ALA’s free National Library Week graphics on your library’s social media and website.
  2. Make a digital display about National Library Week that includes ebooks, movies, music and other electronic resources that reflect the theme: Find the library at your place.
  3. Ask library users to participate in the national #ThankYouLibraries promotion
  4. Create a social media post highlighting ALA’s list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books, announced on Monday of National Library Week (Monday, 4/20).
  5. For National Library Workers Day (Tuesday, 4/21), share photos of library staff online.
  6. Ask library users to show their appreciation for library workers by nominating someone for the ALA-APA’s Submit a Star program, which recognizes the public’s favorite library employees.
  7. Use the National Library Week Canva template to promote your library’s online resources. If you’re new to using Canva, there is a tutorial to help.
  8. Create your own READ® poster by downloading this free template. Ask community members to make their own posters and share them on social media. Visit for tips and more information.
  9. Post the video PSA from National Library Week Honorary Chairs Maia and Alex Shibutani, Olympic ice dancing medalists a.k.a. the ShibSibs, to your website or social media.
  10. Write an op-ed/editorial about the value of libraries for a local publication.
  11. Create a blog or social media post about how community members can sign up for a library card online.
  12. Use the hashtag #LibrariesStrong on social media to show how your library is continuing to serve the community during these challenging times, whether it’s keeping your library’s Wi-Fi turned on or serving as a collection point for donated masks.
  13. Share Libraries Transform Because statements on social media. These three statements are particularly relevant in our time of social distancing. 
  14. Create a blog post or social media thread highlighting digital content to help families keep their children engaged and entertained at home. For example, families can plan a movie night using the library’s streaming service.
  15. Encourage library staff and community members to use the National Library Week Facebook Profile Frame to show support for libraries.
  16. Post #ThrowbackThursday content on social media highlighting your library’s history.
  17. Ask a local radio or television station if you can do a remote interview to discuss how the community can still access library resources virtually.
  18. Promote your library’s ebook and audiobook collection by publicizing the availability of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for unlimited ebook and audiobook downloads in 15 languages. (The book is available to public libraries using OverDrive through the end of April.)
  19. Partner with a local charity or organization to ask library users to donate food or other goods during National Library Week. One idea is to help community members impacted by COVID-19.
  20. Hold a contest for people who sign up for a library card online during the week. Select a random winner for a prize.

For more ways to participate, visit the National Library Week Toolkit for Libraries.

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