Actress and comedian Molly Shannon to be Honorary Patron of National Library Week 2022

CHICAGO—Molly Shannon, multiple Emmy-nominated and Spirit Award-winning actress, comedian and legendary Saturday Night Live cast member, will help celebrate our country’s libraries as honorary chair of National Week of Libraries, April 3-9, 2022. highlight the many ways libraries serve to connect communities to books, resources, programs and, of course, each other.

“I am very honored to be the honorary chair of National Library Week for 2022. My mother was a librarian. She encouraged the children to read. So the work of librarians and libraries holds such a special place in my heart,” Shannon said. “Libraries are places where communities connect, to things like broadband, computers, programs and courses, books, movies, video games, and more. Most importantly, libraries connect us to each other. Supporting National Library Week in this role allows me to connect with the memory of my mother and all librarians. Thanks for all you’ve done.”

The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect to Your Library”, promotes the idea that libraries are places to connect to technology using broadband, computers and other resources. Libraries also provide opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and courses, in addition to books. More importantly, libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action, an invitation for communities to join, visit or advocate for their local libraries.

“We are just thrilled to have Molly Shannon as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2022,” said Patty Wong, President of the American Library Association (ALA). “Molly has made us laugh for so many years, and she exemplifies the creative spirit and spark that libraries and librarians nurture when they connect readers to new books and ideas. Molly is a national treasure, everything like our libraries. We are delighted to have it on board.

Molly Shannon will publish her memoir in April 2022. “Hello, Molly! A Memoir” is a frank, compulsively readable, hilarious and heartbreaking memoir of resilience and redemption filled with behind-the-scenes stories involving everyone from Whitney Houston to Adam Sandler . to Monica Lewinsky, many of which have been told for the first time. The book covers Shannon’s time on Saturday Night Live, where she starred alongside Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Cheri Oteri, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Fallon and more. At the same time, he humorously and candidly explores his struggle to come to terms with the legacy of his father, a man who fostered his gifts and drive but also found himself with the impossible task of raising his children alone after the loss. of their mother.

In addition to the six seasons she spent as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, where she created beloved characters like Mary Katherine Gallagher and Sally O’Malley, Shannon has appeared in numerous television series, including “Will & Grace,” “Enlightened,” and “Divorce,” and starred in films like “Superstar,” “Other People” and “Never Been Kissed.” Shannon currently appears in “The Other Two” and “The White Lotus,” both on HBO Max.

Free digital graphics promoting National Library Week will soon be available at The National Library Week poster and other promotional materials featuring the “Connect to Your Library” theme are available for purchase through the ALA Store; Print-on-demand t-shirts, bags, and more are on sale at

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an annual celebration of ALA and libraries across the country each April. National Library Week celebrations include the release of the ALA’s State of America’s Libraries report on April 4; National Library Workers Day, April 5; National Library Awareness Day, April 6; Take action for Library Day, April 7; and celebrating School Library Month throughout April.

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