December Display Ideas

It seems like I just posted the November Display Ideas…Oh, that’s right, I did! I am trying to get back on track with posting during the first week of the month.

December—I think of the holidays, but there are a lot of different displays you can use for this month. You could set up a Mitten Tree. Assemble an artificial tree in your library and challenge patrons to donate mittens to hang on the tree that will later be donated to community shelters, providing much needed resources to those in need. Here are 10 more display and program ideas.

National Tie Month
While “business casual” has made ties less common, this is still the month to celebrate the necktie with an exhibit (just ask your patrons for an assortment of ties) or a hands-on program on necktie knots. This website has a wide assortment of ways to wear a tie.

Ann Patchett’s Birthday (December 2, 1963)
Commemorate novelist Ann Patchett 55th birthday by placing a small poster near her books on the shelf. Go to her official website for book club information and more.

Repeal Day (December 5, 1933)
The 21st Amendment ended Prohibition on this day in 1933. Create a display of yummy cocktail recipe books and liquor-themed novels and films. This website will help you find books for your display.

King Edward VIII Abdicated the Throne (December 10, 1936)
On this day in 1936, King Edward VIII signed the Instrument of Abdication to pass succession to his brother, King George VI. Build a “royal scandals” display featuring fiction and history titles.

National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day (December 16)
Don’t miss the chance to celebrate sweet treats! Offer a fun survey about favorite flavors to see how chocolate lovers stack up to the fruit fanatics. And you’ll have to have something that is chocolate-covered to give out at the circulation desk. (Chocolate-covered cherries are my personal favorite.)

Eve Bunting’s Birthday (December 19, 1928)
Anne Evelyn Bunting, also known as Eve Bunting, is a Northern Ireland-born American writer of more than 250 books. Her work covers a broad array of subjects and includes fiction and non-fiction books. Her novels are primarily aimed at children and young adults, but she has also written the text for picture books. Prepare a display of her titles in your children’s area to celebrate this prolific author.

Crossword Puzzle Day (December 21)
The first crossword puzzle was published on this day in 1913. Set out a stack of free puzzles as a passive program, or host a meetup for enthusiasts.

Cut Out Snowflakes Day (December 27)
You’re never too old for a good snowflake session, and it’s the perfect day for a make-and-take craft table, made simple with copy paper, scissors and trash cans (and the vacuum, later). This website has twelve free printable snowflake templates.

National Card Playing Day (December 28)
Got a deck of cards? Print out the instructions for one of these 15 Simple Card Games for Kids. Display books about cards games and set out decks of cards to get the action started.

Tiger Woods’ Birthday (December 30, 1975)
Tiger Woods was born on this day in 1975. Feature your golf resources — don’t forget the fiction titles and feature films. This website has a list of the best golf movies and other interesting things about golf and golfers.

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