National Library Week 2024: Ready, Set, Library!

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

This year, National Library Week is April 7–13, 2024, with the theme "Ready, Set, Library!" The theme promotes the idea that in our always-online world, libraries give us a green light to something truly special: a place to connect with others, learn new skills, and pursue our passions.

At The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC), opens a new window, we bring our communities together for education, entertainment and connection through book clubs, storytimes, crafting classes, author talks and so much more., opens a new window

We offer a large catalog, opens a new window of physical and digital materials including our Library of Things, opens a new window, a unique collection of items such as games, tools and household supplies. We also provide internet and technology access, free tools in our Makerspace and DIY Space, opens a new window and support to job seekers, businesses and entrepreneurs.

No matter your interests, we hope you are inspired to visit PLYMC during National Library Week! With 14 branches, opens a new window and a bookmobile (aka the Pop-Up Library, opens a new window), there is so much to explore.

Special Celebration Days During National Library Week

Monday, April 8: Right to Read Day, a National Day of Action in support of the right to read. The State of America's Libraries Report is released, including Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2023.

Tuesday, April 9: National Library Workers Day, a day for everyone to recognize the valuable contributions made by library workers.

Wednesday, April 10: National Library Outreach Day (formerly National Bookmobile Day), a day the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.

Thursday, April 11: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day for all library advocates to affirm their participation in 2024 elections.

Don't forget to visit our catalog for staff recommendations like this list: National Library Week, opens a new window. And make sure to check out our blog, opens a new window and Facebook page, opens a new window for staff spotlights throughout the week!

To learn more about National Library Week, visit the American Library Association website, opens a new window.