April 19-25, 2020:  Find Your Place at the Library

2020national library week7First 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 Find Your Place at the Library.  Whether it's attending a book club, using the computers, getting some work done in our study rooms, watching a movie, socializing at a craft program, or just finding a corner to read, we encourage you to find your place at the Library, and take advantage of all we have to offer.

Celebrate the Library this week with:

  • Kick off the week with our 4th annual Edible Book Festival on Sunday, April 19 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy morning coffee and snacks in our Snack Space during the week of Monday, April 20 - Friday, April 24.
  • Have some fun, show your your love for books, and Find Your Face at the Library with our #BookFace contest.

2020national library week3 800w 


#BookFace Contest

What better way to show you've found your place at the Library than to show your face at the Library!  #BookFaceFriday is a popular social media trend among librarians and book lovers, and we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate National Library Week.

How does it work?  Find a fun book cover with a person in the design, then find a way to extend the book cover with your face and/or body. Snap a photo and post it to social media using the tag #BookFaceFriday. 

Post during National Library Week and use the hastag #epplbookface, & you'll have a chance to win a prize.

Take a look at the examples below, or search #BookFaceFriday on social media or Google to find examples. If you need someone to help take the photo, just stop in during National Library Week and we'll be happy to help!

bookface collage 850w



4th Annual Edible Book Festival

Kick off National Library Week by joining us for our 4th Annual Edible Book Festival.  Submit an entry that is clever and delicious, or just come to eat and enjoy other's creativity!

Sunday, April 19 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. • Viewing & Voting at 3:00 p.m. • Awards & Eating at 3:30 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/punny 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, based on the age of the "baker," not the age level of the book (adults like kid books, too!):

  • Kids
  • Teen
  • Family
  • Adult

Then we’ll eat it all! (no entry required for voting & eating) Bring entries starting at 2:30 p.m. the day of, and the related book, if possible.


Looking for more examples?  Here are some of the entries from the last couple of Edible Book Festivals:

winners collage 800w

runnerups collage 800w

2018 edible collage 800w

Peter N. Silvestri Cultural and Learning Center | Serving Elmwood Park Since 1936