National Library Week 2023: There’s More to the Story

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association, opens a new window (ALA) and libraries across the country. Celebrated in April, it is a time to spotlight the contributions of libraries and library workers as well as promote library use and support.

This year, National Library Week takes place on April 23-29 with the theme "There's More to the Story." This theme recognizes that while libraries are full of stories, they offer so much more, too.

At The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC), we have a large collection, opens a new window of books in a variety of formats, including ebooks, audiobooks, picture books and large print. But we also provide access to the internet and technology, bring communities together through programs, opens a new window and offer support to job seekers and entrepreneurs. We lend items such as iPads, opens a new window, mobile hotspots, opens a new window and educational kits. We offer free tools in our Makerspace, opens a new window and DIY Space, opens a new window including a Cricut, vinyl printer and laser engraver. And the list goes on and on...

Additionally, there are special celebration days featured throughout National Library Week.

Monday, April 24: Right to Read Day, opens a new window

Tuesday, April 25: National Library Workers Day, opens a new window

Wednesday, April 26: National Library Outreach Day, opens a new window (formerly National Bookmobile Day)

Thursday, April 27: Take Action for Libraries Day, opens a new window

This National Library Week, we encourage you to visit any PLYMC branch and explore all we have to offer! To learn more about National Library Week, visit the ALA website. , opens a new window