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11 ways authors can celebrate National Library Week

Even though I grew up in libraries, it wasn’t until I got my first “real” job at the Arizona Daily Star library while I was attending the University of Arizona in Tucson that I first heard of National Library Week. Observed annually in April, National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians, and other library staff and to promote the use and support of libraries. The Arizona Daily Star library is what as known as a special library. These include corporate libraries, law libraries, medical libraries, museum libraries, and news libraries. Special libraries, sometimes known as information centers, generally are not open to the public.

This year’s theme for National Library Week is “You belong @ your library.” The goal is remind the country that the library is a place where everyone belongs. First observed in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. All types of libraries – school, public, academic, and special –participate. Best-selling author Brad Meltzer is the Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2012.

In addition to being home to National Library Week, April also is School Library Month. Specific observances for National Library Week include today, April 11, which is National Bookmobile Day and tomorrow, April 12, which is Support Teen Literature Day.

Here are 11 ways authors can celebrate National Library Week:

  1. Write the story of why you belong at your library in just six words! Tweet your story using the hash tag #nlw6words for a chance to win a copy of Brad Meltzer’s DVD, “Decoded”/Season 1.
  2. Share a longer story about how the library has impacted your life.
  3. Blog about it!
  4. Get active on Twitter by following @AtYourLibrary. Use the hash tag #nlw12 to help keep it going as a trending topic.
  5. “Like” National Library Week on Facebook.
  6. Put your book cover on some blank greeting cards and send “Happy National Library Week” cards to your favorite librarians.
  7. If you don’t have a library card, get one!
  8. Take your kids to the library. Think about making a trip to the library a weekly or monthly family outing.
  9. Research ways to get your self-published book into libraries. It’s not easy, but it is possible.
  10. Most libraries have community rooms. Even if your library does not carry your book, make time this week to inquire about hosting a reading at the library – especially if your book is NOT brand new and you haven’t done much to market it in a while. What better way to get to know your local library staff and cement your presence in your community?
  11. If there’s a special library related to your genre, find it and contact the head librarian. If possible, make an appointment to stop by! Take (or send) the staff some cookies – and, of course, plenty of bookmarks, business cards, and/or postcards with your contact info on them.

If you have any other ideas, please feel free to share them in the comments section below. Even though more patrons than ever are using them, libraries are facing a huge funding challenge right now. As an author, you have a special reason to and means of promoting them this week!



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