April 3 through 9 is National Library Week, an annual observation used to celebrate and highlight libraries’ contributions, resources, and workers. Created in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and recognized in all types of libraries across the country.

The theme for National Library Week 2022, Connect with Your Library, highlights the multifaceted role of libraries within the communities they serve. Libraries facilitate connection by providing access to resources such as technology, internet, and physical spaces that people can use to connect with each other. Patrons can connect with resources available from libraries such as books, digital assets, historical and/or rare items, programs, and workshops. Users can also connect with library employees who provide a variety of vital services to their communities. Lastly, the 2022 theme is a call to action: an invitation for communities to join, visit, and advocate for their libraries.

Connect with your campus Library

Milner Library serves as a vital point of connection for Illinois State University and connecting with your campus library has never been easier. During the fall and spring semesters, librarians are available seven days a week in person and virtually at the Reference Desk. Reach the Reference Desk by:

  • Walking up in person to the Reference Desk on Floor 2
  • Chat when the talk bubble is green at Library.IllinoisState.edu
  • Calling (309) 438-3451
  • Texting (309) 807-9442

Spring 2022 Reference Desk Hours

  • Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 to 9 p.m.

Celebrate National Library Week at Milner Library

Join Milner for a variety of events and activities throughout the week in celebration of National Library Week.

Graphic with hands high fiving and an electrical plug connecting with the words Connect with your Library, the official National Library Week 2022 graphic

Tuesday, April 5

National Library Workers Day
Follow along on social media to find out more about Milner’s employees!

Author Reading & Book Signing with Marcie R. Rendon
5:30 p.m. on Floor 2
Rendon’s reading is part of a guest artist residency in partnership with Native American Studies, Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Theatre and Dance, Department of English, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, Enrollment Management and Academic Services, Milner Library, and Student Counseling Services.

Wednesday, April 7

PAWSitively Stress Free
2 to 4 p.m. on Floor 3
Take a break with certified therapy dogs, coloring, and more! Additional PAWS dates this semester are Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. during Finals Week.

Friday, April 8

Ange’s Birthday Celebration
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Floor 2
April 9 is the 166th anniversary of Ange Milner’s birth. To commemorate her legacy, we’ll have treats, activities, contests, and more on Friday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Floor 2 near the main entrance.  

Be sure to follow Milner on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more on National Library Week as well as additional information on contests and activities.