in 1958, long before folic acid, salt, nurses, agriculture, food allergies, robotics and handwashing had their own awareness weeks, the American Library Association launched National Library Week in "the fight against ignorance, indifference, illiteracy and inefficiency." The fight continues ... with libraries still on the front line.
Schlangen, Maureen, "60 years of National Library Week: 'Libraries Lead'" (2018). University Libraries Blog Archive. 153.