2019 nlw logo 400wApril 8-14, 2018:  Libraries Transform

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

This year's theme is Libraries Transform.  Whether learning to read, prepping for entrance exams, getting help in a job search, mastering a computer skill, or something else, the Library has the free resources and knowledgeable staff available to you and your family to help transform your lives.

Celebrate the Library this week with:

  • Coffee and snacks in the lobby during the week in the mornings. 
  • While you’re snacking, write a quick note on a heart-shaped post-it for our message board – what do you love about the Library, what do you wish for the Library, or how has the Library helped you or your family?
  • On Wednesday, April 11, flash your library card at any Chipotle restaurant location in Illinois and they'll set you up with a Buy-one/Get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos in honor of National Library Week.
  • Answer the daily trivia question and enter your name into a giveaway of an aromatherapy gift basket from Fruitful Yield, valued at $75. The winner will be selected on Sunday at our Edible Book Festival (see below).

We'll also finish off the week by hosting our: 

2nd Annual Edible Book Festival

Sunday, April 15 • Voting at 2:00 p.m. • Eating at 2:15 p.m.

edible book contest1 400wMake and bring cake, cookies, or anything else edible that represents a book, cover, or character, or is a clever take on a book title. See the photo to the right, or do an internet search for "edible books" for more examples.

We’ll vote for winners in four categories:

  • Kids
  • Teen
  • Family
  • Adult

Then we’ll eat it all! (no entry required for voting & eating) Bring entries starting at 1:00 p.m. the day of, and the related book, if possible.


Here are some entries from last year:

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