National Library Week - American Library Association Information
Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15, 2017
Soccer great Julie Foudy to serve as National Library Week Honorary Chair
Julie Foudy is a retired professional soccer player, two-time World Cup champion, and a medalist in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. She was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007. She is currently a reporter and analyst for ABC/ESPN, contributor and writer for espnW, and motivational speaker.
Foudy is the director and founder of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, a unique residential camp experience that uses sports as a vehicle to teach leadership skills for life. She also founded the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation, which has a mission of building on a foundation of sports and fitness to empower young women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become leaders who positively impact their communities.
Foudy also will add author to her credits with the release of her first book, “Choose to Matter,” to be published by Disney Publishing Worldwide in the spring of 2017.
"Libraries Transform" is the theme for National Library Week in 2017.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
Celebrations during National Library Week include:
- Monday, April 10: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2016.
- Tuesday, April 11: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
- Wednesday, April 12: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.