Summer is here! It already feels like July. Use the spines of evenly-sized books to make this “flag” display. Here are ten more display and program ideas.
National Ice Cream Month
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population. Prepare a display in the Children’s Area with books that have pictures of ice cream cones on the cover.
Independence Day (July 4)
Celebrate the birth of our nation by preparing a display of books with the American flag on the covers.
National Graham Cracker Day (July 5)
Make summer-themed gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, frosting, and other yummy ingredients. Go to this website for ideas. Or you could just serve graham crackers and frosting at your summer events this week.
Raffi’s Birthday (July 8, 1948)
There are so many wonderful Raffi songs to choose from! Display all the CDs and DVDs in your collection in celebration of the beloved children’s singer/songwriter.
International Puzzle Day (July 13)
I always think about jigsaw puzzles as a winter time activity, but puzzles make for a great passive program any time of the year. Start a summer-themed puzzle and see how long it takes your patrons to finish it.
International Chess Day (July 20)
Set up a chess board and challenge your patrons to play a game. If you have any books or DVDs that teach how to play chess, display those with the game board.
Beatrix Potter’s Birthday (July 28, 1866)
Visit the official online home of Peter Rabbit to learn more about his creator, other books by Potter, and to access a number of fun games and activities. Gather and display books by Potter with rabbit puppets and other plush toys.
Paperback Book Day (July 30)
Raid your paperback section for a variety of genres to feature in a “paperback only” display.
J.K. Rowling’s Birthday (July 31, 1965)
Happy Birthday to J.K. Rowling and her most famous character, Harry Potter! Display her books and movies in the Young Adult area.
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We knew it was going to happen! Tomorrow is the first of May and the temperature is over 80 degrees. We went right from late winter to early summer. I hope sometime we get to enjoy a nice long spring. Put up a brightly-colored bulletin board with caterpillars, bees, butterflies, ants and flowers. The slogan says Don’t Bug Me…I’m Reading! Here are ten more spring/summer display and program ideas for the month of June.
Great Outdoors Month
Go on a virtual adventure to explore our national parks at https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/parks. Display your travel books to states that include the national parks mentioned on this website…Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida.
National Safety Month
For anyone prone to bumps, cuts, and bruises, share 18 Fun Facts about the History of BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages: https://www.jnj.com/our-heritage/18-facts-about-the-history-of-band-aid-brand-adhesive-bandages. Band-Aids have come a long way! Be sure to include first aid books, CPR books and DVDs, crutches, and braces in your display.
National Zoo and Aquarium Month
Display your children’s picture books about zoo animals and aquarium creatures. Make the display inviting by including plush and puppet versions of animals that could be found in the zoo. Schedule a Virtual Field Trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo. See this webpage for more information: http://www.omahazoo.com/zoo2you.
Helen Oxenbury’s Birthday (June 2, 1938)
Helen Gillian Oxenbury is an English illustrator and writer of children’s picture books. She lives in North London with her husband John Burningham, another children’s book illustrator and writer. Display books that feature her beloved illustrations such as The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, and The Great Big Enormous Turnip. Watch a video interview with this artist at http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/oxenbury.
Flag Day (June 14)
Today commemorates the adoption of the United States flag in 1777. Do you know any vexillologists? A vexillologist is someone who studies flags. If you have any books about flags, ours in particular, display them with a small poster which includes this new vocabulary word.
Father’s Day (June 17, 2018)
The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Display DVDs, audiobooks and books from every area in your library that have the words Father or Daddy in the title.
First Day of Summer (June 21)
Summer is finally (officially) here! Make a bulletin board where everyone can share via post-it note their favorite things to do in summer. Include a display of books about summer at the base of the bulletin board.
Great American Campout (June 23, 2018)
“Camp Out” at your library today! Set up a tent, serve indoor s’mores and read aloud a book about camping. Have wet wipes ready for sticky hands and more books about camping ready to be checked out by your eager patrons.
Eric Carle’s Birthday (June 25, 1929)
Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there and graduated from a prestigious art school in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Display Eric Carle’s books in the children’s area with a small poster about his birthday. Be ready to refill this display, because the books will definitely get checked out. For more information about Eric Carle and his work, go to his official webpage at: http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html.
“Happy Birthday to You” Day (June 27, 1924)
First published in 1924, this song has made its rounds endlessly ever since. Throw a birthday party, complete with mini cupcakes, for anyone who has a June birthday today. Also make books about birthdays available at the circulation desk for easy checkout.
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It’s time to get loud and rock the library with Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove. Directed and edited by Eric Smith at Majestic Rhinos LLC.
Feel free to use this video on your library’s webpage to promote your Summer Reading Program.
Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association, ala.org/bbooks/NLW-Top10
I know we are supposed to be well into spring by now, but the snow we had today makes me question the calendar. Put the words “Spring Into a Good Book” on a bulletin board and surround it with yellow spring flowers (daffodils) and then put books with bright yellow covers in front of it. Here are 10 more program and display ideas for May.
Get Caught Reading Month
Use this month to encourage kids to always have a book on hand. Hand out small prizes throughout the month for catching students making the choice to read for fun throughout the school day.
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Check out Action for Healthy Kids for ideas on how to partner with schools to celebrate health and fitness in your community.
National Smile Month
Brought to you by the Oral Health Foundation, this celebration can be a much about dental hygiene as it is about enjoying sharing a smile with a friend. Post pictures of children sharing their silliest faces, and best smiles, on a bulletin board.
Star Wars Day (May 4th)
May the Fourth be with you! (Get it?) There are lots of great resources available on the official Star Wars website http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th for celebrating but be wary because tomorrow is Revenge of the Fifth (Sith)!
Limerick Day (May 12)
Try your hand at penning a limerick or use thee resources from KidZone Poetry http://www.kidzone.ws/poetry/limerick.htm to help your young patrons get the form just right.
Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee (May 17-20, 2018)
Remember the jumping frog contest from Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”? Did you know Calaveras County is a real place? And has a real frog jumping contest every May? For the full schedule of events, go to https://www.frogtown.org/.
Endangered Species Day (May 18)
Visit the World Wildlife Fund’s website https://www.worldwildlife.org/ to read about currently endangered species. Prepare a display of your children’s non-fiction books that are about those species.
National Lucky Penny Day (May 23)
Leave pennies throughout your library throughout the day for patrons to find. As a person finds one, wish them a day of good luck.
National Paper Airplane Day (May 26)
Check out the amazing database of paper airplanes from Fold N Fly www.foldnfly.com/ and challenge your patrons to a flying competition with awards for longest distance, best trick flying, and best airplane design.
Andrew Clements’ Birthday (May 29, 1949)
Andrew Clements is an American writer of many children’s books. His debut novel, Frindle, won annual book awards determined by the vote of U.S. schoolchildren in about twenty different U.S. states. Display all of Andrew Clements books with a sign commemorating his birthday.
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