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Library Shelfie Day

Showcase your love of literature on Library Shelfie Day with a snapshot of your overflowing bookshelves and your favorite reads!
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When it is?
January 24
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Book lovers, rejoice! Library Shelfie Day is here on January 24, a day to celebrate our book-filled spaces and share them with the world. Established in 2014 by the New York Public Library, Library Shelfie Day was created to encourage book lovers around the globe to share pictures of their personal libraries - a 'Shelfie' so to speak, showcasing everyone's unique reading tastes and the beautiful, imaginative worlds that hide within those pages. So, whether you have a towering bookshelf, a cozy reading nook or a virtual library, get ready to snap, share, and savor the literary love!

History of Library Shelfie Day

Library Shelfie Day Dates

Library Shelfie Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Library Shelfie Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The New York Public Library creates Library Shelfie Day to encourage book lovers to share their personal libraries.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Popularity Surges</div><div class='timeline-text'>The hashtag #LibraryShelfie sees a significant increase in usage on social media platforms, displaying the holiday's appeal.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Participation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Library Shelfie Day goes global as readers from all around the world share their #LibraryShelfie on social media.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>E-books Join In</div><div class='timeline-text'>E-books join the tradition, with readers sharing screenshots of their digital libraries for the first time to celebrate the day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recognition by Major Libraries</div><div class='timeline-text'>Major libraries, such as the British Library, recognize and take part in Library Shelfie Day, solidifying its global influence.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the global pandemic, readers navigate virtual methods to celebrate the day, encouraging a sense of community amidst isolation.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Library Shelfie Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Decorate your bookshelf</h3><p class='facts-text'>In preparation for Library Shelfie Day, get creative and decorate your bookshelf. You might add lights, bookmarks, or even rearrange your books by color. This will create a visually appealing shelfie for others to admire.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a bookclub meet up</h3><p class='facts-text'>Gather your bookclub together on Library Shelfie Day to discuss your favorite reads. Have everyone bring a copy of their favorite book to hold in the group shelfie photo!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Create a virtual ‘Shelfie’</h3><p class='facts-text'>If you’re more of a digital reader, you can still participate in Library Shelfie Day! Screenshot your e-reader's library and share it on social media. Don't forget to use the dedicated hashtags to join the online celebrations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Visit your local library</h3><p class='facts-text'>What better way to spend Library Shelfie Day than at the library itself? Visit your local library, take a shelfie in front of your favorite section, and show some love to these important community centers.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Introduce a book swap</h3><p class='facts-text'>Organize a book swap among your friends or neighborhood. This is not only a fun way to celebrate Library Shelfie Day but also a great opportunity to discover new reads and share your favorites.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Library Shelfie Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Embraces our love for books</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Library Shelfie Day embraces our adoration of literature. It gives us an opportunity to show off our favorite books, the ones that have transformed our world view and opened our eyes to new ideas, places, and people. It's a day to celebrate our learning journey through reading.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Creates a sense of community</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>It brings together an online community of book lovers. By sharing our 'shelfies', we not only get to peek at other's collections but also discover other readers with similar tastes and even get some book recommendations!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Opportunity to appreciate and support libraries</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Finally, Library Shelfie Day reminds us to appreciate the vital role of libraries as champion of wisdom, knowledge, and community growth. It pushes us to support these critical institutions that continue to help build a well-informed and educated society.</p></div></div>

5 Captivating Facts for Library Shelfie Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Largest Library in the World is The Library of Congress</h3><p class='facts-content'>With more than 170 million items, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., USA, is the largest library in the world, per the World Book Encyclopedia.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Libraries Outnumber Fast-Food Restaurants in the United States</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to surveys conducted by the American Library Association, there are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.—a testament to America’s love for books!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The New York Public Library has Over 50 Million Books</h3><p class='facts-content'>This institution, which spurred the creation of Library Shelfie Day, is one of the leading public libraries in the world with over 50 million books.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Oldest Existing Library was Founded by a Woman</h3><p class='facts-content'>The oldest existing library in the world, the Al-Qarawiyyin Library in Morocco, was founded by a woman, Fatima al-Fihri, in the 9th century.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mobile Libraries Used to be Horse-Drawn</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the early 20th century, mobile libraries often took the form of a book wagon. Many were pulled by horses and could reach rural regions unwillingly under-served by traditional libraries.</p></div></div>

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