September Display Ideas

Summer will end before we know it. September 22 is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. Celebrate with a table of fall-themed coloring pages for grown-ups. Here are 10 more display and program ideas for September.

Library Card Sign-Up Month
This September Disney Pixar’s superhero family, the Incredibles, will team up with the ALA to promote the value of a library card. As honorary chairs, the Incredibles will remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle: libraries offer fun and informative resources to help you pursue your passions and succeed in school.

National Suicide Prevention Month
Does your local school district do anything in the way of a campaign? Find out how you can support their efforts, or check out resources and printables for your own.

National Grandparents Day (September 9)
Honor these special family members with a display in the children’s area of books about grandparents. Set up a card-making station to remind your young patrons about this event.

National Video Games Day (September 12)
Host a video game tournament by borrowing one of the two Wii gaming systems from CPLS. Display coding books and encourage video game making using a website like Sploder. Teens can test-play their peers’ games.

International Dot Day (September 15)
Put out a call for artwork created by youth for an art show at the library. International Dot Day is a holiday in which people of all ages are encouraged to harness their own creativity and embrace their own confidence as they make their mark on the world. On this day, people are encouraged to embrace their talents – regardless of whether it’s writing, painting, drawing or some other creative medium and share their Dot Day inspiration with others.

Agatha Christie’s Birthday (September 15, 1890)
Prolific mystery writer Agatha Christie was born on this day in Torquay, Devon, South West England into a comfortably well-off middle class family. Feature a display of her books and the films they inspired.

National Play-Doh Day (September 16)
Encourage some throwback play with a walk-up Play-Doh station. Display some of the fun Play-Doh facts from this website.

National Miniature Golf Day (September 21)
Turn your library into a mini golf course for the day.

Stephen King’s Birthday (September 21, 1947)
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. Place a sign in the stacks with King’s books to commemorate this occasion.

Banned Books Week (September 23-29)
Kick off Banned Books Week with a display of commonly challenged and banned books. Engage your patrons with a Banned Book Club or discussion this week. Read a commonly banned or challenged book and discuss it. Here is a link to ALA’s list of frequently challenged books:

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