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National Library Week – April 3-9, 2022

  • National Library Week – April 3-9
  • National Library Workers Day – April 5
  • Day of Civility – April 7
  • Food for Fines Day – April 7
  • Take Action for Libraries Day – April 7

National Library Week

April 3-9, 2022 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Connect with Your Library,” which promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas and classes, in addition to books. Most importantly, libraries also connect communities to each other.

Libraries of all types continue to go above and beyond to keep their communities connected by expanding resources and embracing inclusion in their programming, resources and collections. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources like online homework help and wi-fi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home. Allegany County Libraries are supporting the community with services such as Story Times, Chromebook and WiFi Hotspot checkouts, free live online tutors, and more.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library in person or online, following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.


National Library Workers Day – Tuesday, April 5

On April 5, 2022, the nation will celebrate National Library Workers Day, a time to recognize library staff members for their public service contributions in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.  Library staff continue to play an invaluable role in supporting our communities both in person and virtually.  The Allegany County Library System invites library advocates, patrons, and staff to show your support of our library workers by posting words of encouragement and appreciation for your favorite library staff using the form below.  Patrons are welcome to share stories about how library staff has had an impact on your lives or community. Each message will appear during a special presentation at the staff-appreciation breakfast.  Patrons can also share well wishes over our social media channels with the hashtag #ACLSNLWD or post messages to the Allegany County Library System Facebook page. 

Not Required

Food for Fines – Thursday, April 7

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Food for Fines

Allegany County Library System – All Libraries (LaVale closed for renovation)

On Thursday, April 7th, all branches of the library will accept non-perishable food donations in exchange for library fines. Each donated item will reduce the patron’s library fines by $1.00, up to a maximum of $15.00 per person. Food donations should be within their expiration date, undamaged, and unopened.


Allegany County Day of Civility – Thursday, April 7

Choose Civility: Allegany County and its partners will celebrate the annual “Day of Civility” with events all month long.  This year’s theme is “Chalk it Up to Civility,” an idea that stemmed from the Choose Civility steering committee during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way safe way to share and celebrate civility as a community.  We are encouraging adults and children to participate in using chalk drawings with inspiring messages and words of encouragement to spread kindness to others in our community.  The goal is to provide opportunity for collaborative conversation in spite of difference, develop consensus in the place of division, and create connectedness in our community.

You can Chalk it Up to Civility at these community events throughout April:

April 3, 11:30 AM – Christ Lutheran Church of LaVale

April 7, 11 AM-5 PM – Chalk it Up stations and Food for Fines Day at Allegany County Libraries

April 16, 11 – 1 – Chalk it Up with the Easter Bunny in Downtown Cumberland

April 21, TBD – Westernport of the Lawn at Westernport Elementary

April 30, 11- 5 – View Chalk Mural Entries at Frostburg Arts Walk

How to participate:

  • Attend any Chalk it Up event listed above
  • Pick up chalk at ACLS during the month of April to create your own chalk drawings at home and share them with us on social media using #ChalkItUpToCivility

Visit our of Day of Civility page for more Choose Civility events in April.


Take action for Libraries Day – Thursday, April 7

Information coming soon.


Learn more about National Library Week