Annually, the American Library Association (ALA) hosts National Library Week. The event is taking place on April 3-9. This year’s theme is “Connect with your Library.”

“This year’s theme encourages patrons to connect with their local libraries and this could mean a variety of things such as looking into the collections and materials available for check out, talking to a subject librarian to get help with research, or attending free workshops held by the library that makes research easier,” said University Library marketing representative Sara Velasquez. 

ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Annually, they hold National Library Week which has a theme. ALA advocates for diversity, literacy, intellectual freedom, and more 

Each day there is a different topic of focus: 

Monday, April 4: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2021.
Tuesday, April 5: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
Wednesday, April 6: National Library Outreach Day (formerly National Bookmobile Day), a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.
Thursday, April 7: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.

Lobos can get involved by using #MyLibrary on social media, following @UNMlibraries on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (UNM University Libraries), and Instagram and by visiting the libraries across campus.

Zimmerman Library is currently taking donations for a current project honoring literary great, Professor Emeritus Rudolfo Anaya. The library welcomes anyone who wishes to donate or get involved. Those interested can contact Director of Development, Carol Kennedy at

“Many employees at the University Libraries enjoy getting to work with the UNM community,” Velasquez said. “They are the driving force behind our resources and services, and we love finding ways we can help them with our vast collections and materials.”

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