Finally, we are having some days with sunshine! Maybe spring has not abandoned us. I didn’t know if I was going to make it through this spell of crazy weather, but the sunshine is making me hopeful. Find a number of books with covers that are a sunny yellow. Get some artificial daffodils (try the Dollar Tree), pin them to the board, and prepare a display with the words “Spring Into a Good Book.” You will smile every time someone checks out a yellow book. Here are ten more display and program ideas for April.
National Humor Month
National Humor Month was conceived as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy – the benchmarks of humor – lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life. It’s no coincidence that the month begins with April Fool’s Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement for hundreds of years. Display your joke and riddle books and the funny picture books on this list. This website is loaded with resources and projects related to humor. Laugh it up!
National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture. Display poetry books from all areas of your collection along with your free National Poetry Month poster. Click here for 30 ways to celebrate.
School Library Month
School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library and the 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey. Click on this link http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm for free web graphics and printable posters for your display.
Maya Angelou’s Birthday (April 4, 1928)
Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Create a display of her work and those inspired by her.
National Library Week (April 7-13, 2019)
The theme for this year is Libraries = Strong Communities. Melinda Gates is the 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair. Go to this website for social media graphics for your Facebook or Twitter account.
National Unicorn Day (April 9)
National Unicorn Day is observed annually on April 9. Unicorns have been a popular mythical creature since the Ancient Greek times, when people believed they lived in exotic India. While they were originally considered to be fierce, powerful animals, they are now often seen as a symbol of love, purity, enchantment and magic. Unicorns appear in many movies and cartoons as magical creatures. They are depicted as a horse-like creature with a single pointed horn in the middle of their foreheads. Unicorns are loved by both children and adults. Coordinate an all-unicorn program of crafts and fun.
Sinking of the Titanic (April 15, 1912)
The Titanic sank on this day in 1912 in the icy Atlantic. Display your books and watch the movie…again.
Yankee Stadium Opened (April 18, 1923)
Celebrate baseball with a special display today. Gather your books—fiction and nonfiction—and add some gloves, bats, and balls to attract attention. Prepare a bookmark with a list of baseball books using this website for the final touch.
First Female IndyCar Winner (April 20, 2008)
On this day in 2008, Danica Patrick became the first female IndyCar winner when she won the Indy Japan 300 in Montegi, Japan. Feature books on race car driving today.
National Audubon Day (April 26)
April 26th is designated as National Audubon Day. This day is set aside to honor the birth of John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851). Audubon was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter noted for his extensive studies of American birds and his detailed illustrations of the birds in their natural habitats. Display your books about birds with some decorative bird houses.
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