School will be out in just a few days and, before we know it, your Summer Reading Program will be in full swing. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and let it out slowly—Ready, Set, READ!! Here are 10 display and programming ideas for the crazy month of June.
National Iced Tea Month
What could be more refreshing on a hot summer day than an icy-cold glass of tea? That’s why June was chosen as the official month to celebrate America’s longtime love affair with the beverage. Serve tea on an especially hot day. Select one of the flavored teas on this webpage http://www.teatimemagazine.com/june-is-national-iced-tea-month/ to prepare.
National Camping Month
Take your family and find the perfect place to sleep under the stars. Locate Nebraska State Parks by using this link: http://visitnebraska.com/destinations/search/stay. Display your books about camping, cooking over a campfire, and stargazing along with camping supplies such as, sleeping bags, cooking pots, tents, and maybe even a bag of marshmallows.
Say Something Nice Day (June 1)
Display quotations and sayings about being kind and nice. See several options on this webpage: http://www.examiner.com/article/say-something-nice-day-special-quotes-sayings-about-kindness-and-being-nice. One of my favorites is “Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.”
Best Friends Day (June 8)
Celebrate the power of friendship with these nine novels that bring new meaning to the phrase “Best Friends Forever.” See the list at http://offtheshelf.com/2015/09/9-novels-that-celebrate-the-joys-of-friendship/.
World Doll Day (June 11)
Invite local collectors to display their dolls. Have a “Bring Your Favorite Doll” story time. Display books that feature dolls along with some dolls to play with.
Sewing Machine Day (June 13)
Feature your maker space options by setting up a sewing machine and fabric to attract attention.
Fudge Day (June 16)
Invite one of your local candy makers to lead a workshop on making fudge. If you don’t have a kitchen available, ask patrons to bring their favorite fudge recipe with one batch to sample and have a recipe swap. This website has a variety of fudge recipes to try including carrot fudge; white chocolate fudge; peanut butter fudge; and Christmas cake chocolate fudge: http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/collections/fudge-recipes.
American Eagle Day (June 20)
Raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle. See more information at: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/protect/laws.html. Display your books with Eagles on the covers—both fiction and nonfiction.
Let It Go Day (June 23)
Showcase your collection of self-help books that focus on building a positive future.
Social Media Day (June 30)
Offer classes for those wanting to learn more about social media. Display your “How to” books about Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Snap Chat.
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