Urbandale Public Library/National Library Week

Celebrate April 3 – 9, 2022! National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action—an invitation for communities to join, visit, or advocate for their local libraries. 


Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 10, 2022:

Food for Fines

During this week long event, bring in non-perishable food or new, full-sized personal care items to clear overdue fines from your library account!

  • 1 non-perishable food or 1 personal care item= $1.00
  • Donations apply to overdue fines/ late fees only. (Not processing, collection, ILL, replacement fees, book sale, printing, etc.)
  • Each item can only be applied to one account. (You cannot have $1.00 split between accounts.)
  • No limit to the number of items you can donate. (If you have $15.00 in fines, you can bring in 15+ items!)
  • No credit will be issued on accounts.
  • No items with expired labels will be accepted.
  • Donated items must be brand new, never used.

All item donations will benefit the Urbandale Food Pantry.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022:

All Urbandale Reads 2022 Book Announcement

Join us as the 2022 All Urbandale Reads book selection is announced via the reading of a special proclamation during the Urbandale City Council Meeting (City Council Chambers, 3600 86th Street) at 6:00 PM. The announcement will also be made that evening inside the library, via social media, and on the library’s website – please join us in person or online! Click here to learn more about the All Urbandale Reads Program.

National Library Workers Day (NLWD)

NLWD is a day for all library lovers to recognize the valuable contributions made by library workers. Praise your favorite library workers by nominating them for a star, or post your admiration on social media and tag the library.

Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2022:

Book Sale

Help build up your personal library in a sustainable way!

The Library will host a used book sale from April 8 – April 10 inside Meeting Room A. Books, movies, magazines, audio books, and more for all ages will be available for sale for $1.00.

Book sale items can be purchased at the main Service Desk. Cash, personal checks, and credit cards* will be accepted. (*Credit card payments incur an additional fee of 3.95%.)

Please note: No holds and no returns on sale items.


Help us celebrate!

Click here to download the National Library Week 2022 coloring page.

Follow the Urbandale Public Library, American Library Association (ALA), and I Love Libraries on social media and join us on social media by using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #MyLibrary.

About National Library Week

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned by these implications, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.” 

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”