July Display Ideas

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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