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Ultimate Calendar of Library Celebration Days & Months (2024)

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Every month at Good Good Good, we plan upcoming good news content for our Instagram, Goodnewsletter, Goodnewspaper, podcast, website, and more. Our work is always centered on hopeful stories about people making a difference in the world — and action steps on how each of us can join in with that good work.

With so many holidays, awareness days, education weeks, and activism months happening all year long, we’ve been slowly collecting all of these events in a private internal calendar for years.

We made our Monthly Cause Awareness Calendar publicly available earlier this year. We’ve also published a comprehensive Book & Literature Holidays Calendar to celebrate.

And now we’re publishing our guide to library celebrations and holidays.

Our hope is this resource will help you or your library highlight relevant holidays — not just around the big holidays — but all year long, with niche celebrations.

Where applicable, we've included resources around highlighted holidays — usually in the form of good news around particular topics, relevant quotes or recommendations, or action steps on how to make a difference. We encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

We’ve worked hard to make this the most comprehensive collection of library-related days and months on the internet. Always double-check dates, as organizers may occasionally change dates.

Bookmark this page and revisit it as often as you need. We’ll continue to update it and add to it over time.

Library Celebrations, Themes, and Holidays by Month

January

Days

New Year’s Day - January 1

Read and share this guide to “Word of the Year” ideas

Copyright Law Day - January 1

National Science Fiction Day - January 2

National Trivia Day - January 4

World Braille Day - January 4

Religious Freedom Day - January 16

Thesaurus Day - January 18

Family Literacy Day (Canada) - January 27

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - 3rd Monday of January

Read and share the best MLK quotes and explore this guide on how to celebrate MLK Day

Library Shelfie Day - 4th Wednesday of January

Weeks

Universal Letter Writing Week - Week-long event that starts on the 2nd Sunday of January

American Library Association (ALA) LibLearnX Conference - Dates vary each year

Months

American Library Association Youth Media Awards

Financial Wellness Month

National Braille Literacy Month

National Hobby Month

Read and share this list of hobby ideas

National Mentoring Month

February

Days

Read in the Bathtub Day - February 9

Valentine’s Day - February 14

Library Lovers Day - February 14

International Book Giving Day - February 14

Tell a Fairy Tale Day - February 26

World Read Aloud Day - 1st Wednesday of February

Take Your Child to the Library Day - 1st Saturday of February

Digital Learning Day - Last Thursday of February

Safer Internet Day - Date varies each year

Weeks

Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week - 1st week of February

Freelance Writers Appreciation Week - 2nd week of February

Freedom to Read Week (Canada) - Week-long event in February

Months

Black History Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Black History Month

Low Vision Awareness Month

National Library Lovers Month

March

Days

Read Across America Day - March 2

National Grammar Day - March 4

World Book Day (U.K. and Ireland) - March 4

Pi Day - March 14

National Write Your Story Day - March 14

National Freedom of Information Day - March 16

World Poetry Day - March 21

National Tolkien Reading Day - March 25

Pencil Day - March 30

International Transgender Day of Visibility - March 31

Weeks

Teen Tech Week - 1st full week of March

Return Borrowed Books Week - 1st full week of March

Read an Ebook Week - 1st full week of March

Read and share this guide on the best e-readers (that aren’t Kindles) — and this review of the best Kobo e-readers

American Library Association (ALA) Core Interest Group Week - 1st full week of March

Public Library Association’s Leadership Academy - Dates vary in March

Public Library Association’s National Conference - Dates vary in March or April

Months

Association of College and Research Libraries Conference - Dates vary in March or April

American Red Cross Month

Music in our Schools Month

National Nutrition Month

Read Across America Month

Women’s History Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Women’s History Month

Youth Art Months

April

Days

Reading is Funny Day - April 1

International Children’s Book Day - April 2

National School Librarian Day - April 4

National Read a Roadmap Day - April 5

Encourage a Young Writer Day - April 10

National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day - April 12

National Scrabble Day - April 13

Rubber Eraser Day - April 15

World Art Day - April 15

National Librarian Day - April 16

Read and share this guide on why libraries are important

National Haiku Poetry Day - April 17

National Columnists’ Day - April 18

Poetry and the Creative Mind Day - April 19

International Cli-Fi Day - April 20 

Read and share this guide to the best climate change-related fiction books

Take Action for Libraries Day - April 23

English Language Day - April 23

National Talk Like Shakespeare Day - April 23

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23

World Book Day - April 23

National Poem in Your Pocket Day - April 25

National Tell a Story Day - April 27

National Great Poetry Reading Day - April 28

Great Poetry Reading Day - April 28

El día de los Niños / El día de los Libros - April 30

Celebrate Teen Literature Day - 2nd Thursday of March

Independent Bookstore Day - Last Saturday of April

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day - Date varies each year

Earth Day - April 22

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Earth Day — and read these Earth Day quotes

National Library Workers Day - Tuesday of National Library Week

National Bookmobile Day - Wednesday of National Library Week

Celebrate Teen Literature Day - Thursday of National Library Week

Global Youth Service Day - 2-day event; Date varies each year

Weeks

National Library Week - 2nd week of April

If you’re wondering ‘why are libraries are important?’ — look no further than this guide

National Volunteer Week - 3rd week of April

Preservation Week - Last week of April

Money Smart Week - Week-long event in April

Public Library Association’s National Conference - Dates vary in March or April

Association of College and Research Libraries Conference - Dates vary in March or April

Months

Arab American Heritage Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month

Diversity Month

Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Month

Jazz Appreciation Month

National Autism Awareness Month

National Deaf History Month

National Poetry Month

National Stress Awareness Month

School Library Month

May

Days

National Cartoonists Day - May 5

National Limerick Day - May 12

National Speak in Sentences Day - May 31

Free Comic Book Day - 1st Saturday of May

National Bike to Work Day - 3rd Friday of May

Memorial Day - Last Monday of May

National Library Legislative Day - 2-day event, date varies in May

Weeks

Children’s Book Week - 1st full week of May

Choose Privacy Week - 1st full week of May

Deaf Awareness Week - 1st full week of May

Reading is Fun Week - 2nd week of May

Months

AAPI Heritage Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month

National Get Caught Reading Month

National Mobility Awareness Month

Older Americans Month

Short Story Month


June

Days

National Ball Point Pen Day - June 10

Autistic Pride Day - June 18

Juneteenth - June 19

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Juneteenth

Weeks

Association of College & Research Libraries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts Conference - Dates vary in June

American Library Assocation Annual Conference - Dates vary in June

Months

African-American Music Appreciation Month

Audiobook Appreciation Month

Read and share this guide to the best places to get audiobooks (that aren’t Audible)

Black Music Month

Immigrant Heritage Month

National Oceans Month

Pride Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Pride Month

Rainbow Book Month


July

Days

International Non-Binary People’s Day - July 14

National Paperback Book Day - July 30

Months

Disability Pride Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Disability Pride Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

American Artist Appreciation Month

Read an Almanac Month

August

Days

National Coloring Book Day - August 2

National Book Lovers Day - August 9

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - August 9

Bad Poetry Day - August 18

Poet’s Day - August 21

We Love Memoirs Day - August 31

Weeks

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ World Library and Information Congress - Dates vary in August

Months

American Artist Appreciation Month

Black Business Month


September

Days

Newspaper Carrier Day - September 4

Subscribe to the Goodnewspaper — a print newspaper filled with good news

Read a Book Day - September 6

International Literacy Day - September 8

National Ampersand Day - September 8

International Dot Day - September 15

Dear Diary Day - September 22

National Punctuation Day - September 24

National Comic Book Day - September 25

Banned Websites Awareness Day - Wednesday of Banned Books Week

National Poetry Day (U.K. and Ireland) - Date varies in September or October

Weeks

Outside the Lines - 2nd week of September

Banned Books Week - Last week of September

Read and share this guide to how to fight banned books — and celebrate Banned Books Week

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week - Week-long event in September

Months

Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month

Civic Awareness Month

Classical Music Month

Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Library Card Sign-up Month


October

Days

Myths and Legends Day - October 11

Dictionary Day - October 16

National Day on Writing - October 20

All Hallow’s Read - October 31

National Coming Out Day - October 11

Indigenous Peoples’ Day - 2nd Monday of October

National Poetry Day (U.K. and Ireland) - Date varies in September or October

Weeks

World Space Week - October 4 to 10

Global Media and Information Literacy Week - October 24 to 31

Mystery Series Week - 1st full week of October

National Newspaper Week - 2nd week of October

Subscribe to the Goodnewspaper — a print newspaper filled with good news

Teen Read Week - 3rd week of October

National Friends of Libraries Week - 3rd week of October

International Open Access Week - Last full week of October

Library Information Technology Association National Forum - Dates vary in October or November

Months

American Archives Month

Children’s Magazine Month

Church Library Month

Family History Month

Global Diversity Awareness Month

Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Information Literacy Awareness Month

LGBTQ+ History Month

Medical Librarian Month

National Arts & Humanities Month

National Book Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate National Book Month

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

National Cookbook Month

National Reading Group Month

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November

Days

National Authors Day - November 1

National Family Literacy Day - November 1

National Non-Fiction Day - November 6

National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day - November 12

I Love To Write Day - November 15

High-Five a Librarian Day - November 18

Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20

Book Lovers Day - 1st Saturday of November

Young Readers Day - 2nd Tuesday of November

International Games Day - 3rd Saturday of November

National Gaming at Your Library Day - Date varies in November

Weeks

National Young Readers Week - 3rd full week of November

National Book Award Week - 3rd full week of November

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week - A week before Thanksgiving

Read and share these quotes about hunger and quotes about homelessness

Media Literacy Week - Week-long event in November

Library Information Technology Association National Forum - Dates vary in October or November

Young Adult Services Symposium - Dates vary in November

World Nursery Rhyme Week - Dates vary in November

Months

Native American Heritage Month

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

National Family Literacy Month

National Life Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Scholarship Month

Picture Book Month


December

Days

Letter Writing Day - December 7

Dewey Decimal System Day - December 10

Crossword Puzzle Day - December 21

National Short Story Day - December 21

Jolabokaflod / Christmas Book Flood (Iceland) - December 24

A’phabet Day / No L Day - December 25

New Year’s Eve - December 31

Read and share this guide to “Word of the Year” ideas and “Word of the Month” ideas

Weeks

Computer Science Education Week - Week-long event in December

Months

Learn a Foreign Language Month

Read a New Book Month

Write to a Friend Month

‍Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.

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