First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
As part of National Library Week, the ALA's Celebrity READ Campaign helps promote reading by featuring high-profile celebrities with their favorite books. Since 1980, more than 150 celebrities including actors, musicians, athletes, and innovators have participated in the campaign to spread the joy of reading. Spanning 2006 through 2020, and resuming the tradition in 2023, the UCI Libraries READ posters feature UCI faculty and leaders photographed with their favorite books.