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Urbandale Public Library/National Library Week

Celebrate April 4 – 10, 2021! 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 this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to Your Library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery, and exploration.

Events & Activities

Monday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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 item = $0.50
  • 1 personal care item* = $1.00

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Monday, April 5, 2021

State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020.

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

2021 State of America’s Libraries Special Report: COVID-19

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.

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2020 Infographic

Tuesday, April 6, 2021:

All Urbandale Reads 2021 Book Announcement

Join us as the 2021 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!

All Urbandale Reads 2021 book selection: “When the Emperor was Divine”

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.


Activity Pages

Help us celebrate!

Click here to download a National Library Week coloring page.

Click here to download a National Library Week word search.

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.


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!”