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National Library Heritage Day

National Library Heritage Day is an idea for annually promoting America's library heritage.  It would be similar to the American Library Association's promotion of National Library Workers Day which occurs annually on the Wednesday of National Library Week. In 2009 Teen Literature Day will be celebrated on the Thursday of National Library Week. It is proposed that National Library Heritage Day occur on the Saturday of National Library Week so that libraries can plan activities and events involving families (2009 - April 18; 2010 - April 10; 2011 - April 16; 2012 - April 14; 2013 - April 20). 

Rationale:  In addition to promoting a better understanding and appreciation for America's library heritage, National Library Heritage Day would provide an additional avenue for marketing America's libraries at the local, state, and national levels.  It would tie in well with the National Library Week campaign.  It also ties in well with  ALA's "I Love Libraries" campaign.  After all, if you really love libraries you're probably going to love their history. The American Association of School Libraries celebrates School Library Media Month in April each year. Maybe, they could set aside one of the days to celebrate the heritage of school libraries. 

Implementation:  Ideally, the American Library Association would take the lead in creating and promoting National Library Heritage Day.  However, any state level library entity or even an individual library has the ability to create and celebrate its own Library Heritage Day. 

Some preliminary ideas for celebrating National Library Heritage Day

For national level library associations and agencies:

For state level library associations and agencies:

For individual libraries:

If you have other ideas for promoting National Library Heritage Day, send them to Larry Nix at nix@libraryhistorybuff.org.

 

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