National Library Workers Day
National Library Workers Day is observed next on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 (132 days from today).
Librarians across the United States celebrate National Library Workers Day (NLWD) on the Tuesday of National Library Week, held every April.
Organized every year in April on the Tuesday of National Library Week, National Library Workers Day is celebrated to recognize the valuable contributions of library staff and celebrate their efforts to sustain reading and library communities.
History of National Library Workers Day
Libraries have existed since at least 2600 BC! They are found in Sumerian temples, where the earliest forms of writing were discovered on clay tablets, a precursor to scrolls, and later books. Since that time, libraries have developed as a cultural center of cultural significance, helping to shape the classical Greek and Roman empires into the modern era.
Although libraries have been around for centuries, access to books has not always been easy. It has been almost 200 years since the opening of the first public library in the United States in 1833. Before that time, libraries were privately owned. This means that books are generally only accessible to the very wealthy and literacy is a very low priority for the average person.
Today, publicly funded libraries are of great importance because they allow the general public to have complete access to education. They hold books that voice the ideas, observations, and opinions of people from all over the world on basically every topic imaginable.
And librarians help maintain this historical catalog. They are masters at researching, keeping their archives, and nurturing the creativity in today's youth minds. However, due to the global economy, the budgets and wages used to maintain these traditions continue to shrink.
Founded by the American Library Association, National Library Workers Day is to recognize the hard work of librarians and librarians. Coinciding with National Library Week, the holiday allows people to show their appreciation for librarians, as well as providing an opportunity for librarians to campaign for compensation, for the job they do.
On National Library Workers Day, there is a special activity that librarians will spend time on sharing with children and students about the meaning and importance of their work, librarians and their work have connection together and play an important role in the making of human history.
Now, on this important day, visitors who realize the privilege of having a public library are encouraged to go out and thank librarians for their services in educating adults and children in the community.
Why National Library Workers Day?
The library is a popular spot for book lovers and avid readers, who have the opportunity to immerse themselves in another world. But some people maintain that world for the benefit of us, Library staff, and workers. They work hard to maintain Library culture and keep the tradition of reading and learning alive.
Libraries date back to at least 2600 BC, and have since become an important place for people to source reliable information and read novels from great minds. With so much information, books, and transcripts to deal with, librarians have a great responsibility to maintain and organize the library's book archive.
In contrast, librarians are highly educated and well versed in various literary works from all over the world. In addition to rearranging and maintaining history over the years, librarians play an important role in educating curious youth. They help to provide the best output with relevant books for research on any topic or a work by any famous literary artist. These workers also need to maintain a scheduled record of borrowed books and update the directory regularly.
With so much work to do and management processes to maintain the Library, National Library Workers Day was created to honor these works and their contribution to society. On Tuesday of National Library Week in April, people express their gratitude to these unsung heroes who have helped pass on wisdom to so many.
The first library opened about 200 years ago in 1833 in the United States, and since then, Librarians have worked tirelessly to encourage people to read. But with the number of libraries dwindling and where other sources of information are readily available, the wages of these workers are constantly taking a hit. National Library Workers Day aims to address this concern and raise awareness of these workers' falling wages. Updating better equipment and technology for these workers has also become important to increase their output and keep them productive.
With people exploring digital platforms for content sourcing and reading purposes, the Library's tradition is getting more and more stymied with each passing year. National Library Week was established to raise awareness of this situation and help preserve the tradition of physical reading. Digital platforms have the benefits of being convenient, but the valuable insights and tools provided by Librarians cannot compare to them. They play an essential role in the literary arts community, and their knowledge can be a valuable asset to people.
As librarian culture is slowing down and wages for those in this job are cyclically falling, librarians have declined over the years. Some of the most creative and skilled minds have left the community for these reasons. With this day, people hope to preserve the culture and express gratitude to these workers.
How to celebrate National Library Workers Day
- Volunteer at your local Library
There is nothing better than being part of the culture. Get involved in volunteer work at any of the local Libraries and experience first-hand the lives of these skilled workers. If the Local Library is not available, search for Libraries around your city.
- Read and Share Books
Whatever your interests, comics or thrillers, read and share your personal favorites with Library staff and those in your community or around you. Creating a healthy environment will encourage people to be more involved and show respect for these workers.
- Consciousness spreads
Social and digital media platforms are a great place to engage more people and observe the day. It also helps to sign more petitions to increase Library Staff salaries and Library maintenance. Use relevant hashtags such as #NationalLibraryWorkersDay, #ReadaBook, #EqualPayforLW.
ObservedNational Library Workers Day has been observed Tuesday of the second full week in April.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2022
Tuesday, April 11th, 2023
Tuesday, April 16th, 2024
Tuesday, April 15th, 2025
Tuesday, April 14th, 2026