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Urbandale Public Library/National Library Week
Celebrate April 19-25, 2020

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

Visit your library remotely

The Urbandale Public Library can connect you to audiobooks, e-books, music, and movies- all from the safety of your home! We’re striving to offer programs online and bring the library to you with virtual storytime, digital book club discussions, and more.

Show your support for libraries on social media

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 #LibrariesTransform.

2020 State of America’s Libraries Report Released

Every year, the ALA releases an annual summary of library trends during National Library Week. The State of America’s Libraries Report outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year.

The year’s report found that the popularity of libraries grew in 2019! According to a recent Gallup poll, visiting the library is the “most common cultural activity Americans engage in by far.” In 2019, US adults reported taking an average of 10.5 trips per year to the library. In fact, they reported visiting the library more frequently than participating in other common leisure activities such as going to the movies, a museum, or the zoo. Read the full report.

Most Challenged Books List

As part of the annual report, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books from the previous year in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. Read the list.

National Library Workers Day – Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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.


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!”