Let's Celebrate PPL: Gift Card Giveaway
Celebrate National Library Week with us! If you'd like a chance to win a gift card, complete and submit an entry slip next time you visit PPL from April 5 through April 10. Each person may submit one slip and the winner will be notified after April 11. Good luck!
Learn more about how you can celebrate National Library Week by exploring the impact public, academic, and school libraries can have in their communities!
Welcome to Take Action for Libraries Day! Please consider reaching out to your members of Congress to urge them to fund libraries. As Congress develops their yearly budget proposal, it's vital that they include increased funding for libraries through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Because investing in libraries is investing in our communities.
About National Library Week
National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.
In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions, and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious. They 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!" The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event.