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National Library Week – April 4-10, 2020

  • National Library Week – April 4-10
  • Get Connected Launches – April 5
  • National Library Workers Day – April 6
  • Day of Civility – April 8
  • Food for Fines Day – April 8

National Library Week

National Library Week will be observed April 4-10, 2021.  The theme, “Welcome to your Library” is the perfect tagline with the reopening Allegany County Library System doors last month. ACLS libraries reopened to the public on March 1 and library staff have experienced a flurry of joyous and grateful patrons safely returning to the library buildings. 

ACLS libraries will be celebrating National Library Week and the public’s return with special events, giveaways,  swag bags, and new services!

Library visitors during National Library Week will receive free gift bags, filled with library themed goodies and information about the week’s events (while supplies last).  


Get Connected Launches – April 5

To kick off National Library Week, on Monday, April 5, 2021 Allegany County Libraries will introduce a new service, called “Get Connected,” and begin loaning Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots at all library branches.  Chromebooks and hotspots  will provide internet access to residents of the community and assist in closing the digital divide. Chromebook and mobile WiFi hotspots will be available to library users over the age of 18 and can be used to apply for jobs, schedule a doctor’s appointment, find COVID-19 and vaccine information and more!  Please contact your local library for more information about this new service.


National Library Workers Day – April 6

On April 6, 2021, 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.  Each participant that shares a message will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to a local small business of your choice. Please submit your message before 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 10.

Please provide your name if you would like to be entered into the drawing for a $25 local small business gift card.
Please provide your email address if you would like to be entered into the drawing for a $25 local small business gift card.
Please provide your phone number if you would like to be entered into the drawing for a $25 local small business gift card.

Food for Fines – April 8

Food for fines Day: Thursday April 8

2:00 – 6:00 PM – Food for Fines

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

On Thursday, April 8th, 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 – April 8

Visit the Day of Civility webpage for a full schedule of events.


Learn more about National Library Week