April Display Ideas

I received a seed catalog recently and looking at it has made me hungry for April. Warmer days, blooming trees, light jackets…Spring will finally take hold. Spotlight your Romance collection by displaying books and movies with a vase of fresh daisies and a sign that says “He loves me, He loves me not…” Here are 10 more display and program ideas for April.

National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. While we celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in April 1996. Display poetry books from all areas of your collection along with this list of 30 ways to celebrate poetry.

National Library Week (April 8-14)
The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958. In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. In 1957, the National Book Committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”
The 2018 theme is “Libraries Lead.” Go to http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek for more information.

National Siblings Day (April 10)
Started to commemorate siblings that had passed away while they were very young, National Siblings Day has become a political and global phenomenon, being celebrated in countries all over the world on April 10th. Make bookmarks with some interesting statistics about siblings from this website. Display them with books that feature sibling relationships. Think about Charlie Brown and his little sister Sally or Ramona Quimby.

Friday the 13th (April 13, 2018)
Fear of Friday the 13th is rooted in ancient, separate bad-luck associations with the number 13 and the day Friday. The two unlucky entities combine to make one super unlucky day. Display materials about common fears, phobias, and superstitions (spiders, snakes, dogs, bridges, flying in an airplane, etc.). Click here for a list of the top 100 phobias.

Go Fly a Kite Day (April 15, 2018)
Plan a fun family event focused on flying kites. Explore the American Kitefliers Association website (http://kite.org) for resources. Have everyone build their own kites using this tutorial.

National Stress Awareness Day (April 16)
April 16 (the day after Tax Day) is a special day set aside for Americans to be aware of just how stressed they may have become! Make a small display of books of things related to de-stressing. Here are some possible topics: treat yourself (think chocolate); exercise; meditate; get enough rest; and, pet your dog. Program ideas include, host a yoga class; set up a coloring station; or, invite a counselor to talk about stress management.

International Juggler’s Day (April 18)
This commemoration was established by the International Juggler’s Association and is dedicated to preserving and spreading the history of the art of juggling. Juggling as an art form is far older than most people credit, going back well over 4,000 years. The first evidence of juggling goes back to the wall of a tomb in Egypt. YouTube has numerous tutorials about juggling. This one shows an easy way to get started. Have a program where your patrons of all ages can learn to juggle and give a prize to the person who can juggle the longest.

International Astronomy Day (April 21, 2018)
Astronomy allows us to see the history of the universe with our own eyes. The stars that twinkle as you look out on a dark, clear night may not exist right now. They existed at whatever point in history they emitted that light, which has taken millions of years to reach Earth. Display books and dvds about stars, planets, moons, and all things in our Solar System. Since this is a Saturday, you could host a stargazing event.

Earth Day (April 22, 2018)
Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single use plastics along with uniform regulation for the disposal of plastics. Display books about recycling and upcycle plastic bottles into adorable cat planters to do your part.

Arbor Day (April 27, 2018)
Trees are simply amazing. They clean air and water, slow climate change, ease poverty and hunger, prevent species loss, and feed the human soul. All we need to do is plant and care for them. Check with your city’s Parks and Recreation Department to see if they’re giving away free trees. Offer to partner with them and distribute trees from the library. Display books about trees and this uniquely Nebraskan holiday.

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Advocacy Day 2018

This year’s Advocacy Day will be Tuesday, March 6. We will start with a legislative briefing at 10 AM in the Nebraska State Capitol Room 1507. After the briefing, you will have time to visit with your Senator and legislative aide. Make plans to host your Senator or staff member for the noon Advocacy Day luncheon at the Cornhusker Marriott.

The online form is now open, so please register if you are planning to attend. Don’t forget to make your first contact with your Senator to extend a personal invitation to lunch! We look forward to seeing you on March 6th!

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Nebraska School Librarians Day

February 24, 2018 — Cancelled due to Weather


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2018 Youth Awards

The American Library Association named the 2018 Youth Award winners today at the Mid-Winter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. To see the whole list, click on this link.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly, is the 2018 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell is the 2018 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was published by Feiwel and Friends, an Imprint of Macmillan.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults: Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson, is the King Author Award winner. The book is published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: We Are Okay, written by Nina LaCour, is the 2018 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
All Systems Red, by Martha Wells, a Tor.com Book, published by Thomas Doherty Associates;
The Clockwork Dynasty, by Daniel H. Wilson, published by Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC;
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire, a Tor.com Book, published by Thomas Doherty Associates;
Electric Arches, by Eve L. Ewing, published by Haymarket Books;
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea, by Melissa Fleming, published by Flatiron Books;
Malagash, by Joey Comeau, published by ECW Press;
Roughneck, by Jeff Lemire, published by Gallery 13, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.;
She Rides Shotgun, by Jordan Harper, published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers;
Things We Have in Common, by Tasha Kavanagh, published by MIRA Books and
An Unkindness of Magicians, by Kat Howard, published by SAGA Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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March Display Ideas

As I am looking out the window at snow and anticipating even more tomorrow, I cannot believe the First Day of Spring is next month! March is the month where everyone thinks about green…St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Frogs, etc. Pull books that have predominantly green covers and make a sign that says It’s Not Easy Being Green! Display them with a Kermit the Frog stuffed animal, puppet or picture. Your youngest patrons may not remember the song, but anyone over 30 should. Here are ten more display and programming ideas for March:

National Nutrition Month
Make this month all about healthy eating. Display your books and cookbooks on this topic—for all age levels—along with handouts and activity sheets that you can find on this website. Schedule programs such as “Smart Snacking” for kids and “How to Eat Healthy on a Budget” for adults. Host a “Lunch and Learn.” Create a “Nutrition Question of the Day” or Week and give out small prizes by drawing from the correct answers.

Music In Our Schools Month
Music In Our Schools Month is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. Music In Our Schools Month began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985. Go to https://nafme.org/programs/miosm/ to learn how to participate.

Women’s History Month
The National Women’s History Project has chosen the theme “Nevertheless She Persisted” for 2018. This theme presents the opportunity to honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls. Display your books about women’s suffrage, the feminist movement and biographies of women. Go to http://www.nwhp.org/ to learn more about the resources available to your library during this month.

National Pig Day (March 1)
National Pig Day is an event held annually in the United States to celebrate the pig. The celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave. The purpose of National Pig Day is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” Have your own pig party and celebrate Elephant & Piggie-style with Mo Willems’ Happy Pig Day! An event kit is available. Display all the rest of Elephant and Piggie’s books, too!

Read Across America Day (March 2)
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by doing something awesome with reading! Visit students in a younger grade and read aloud to them. Go to my Pinterest page for Dr. Seuss-inspired food, activities, and decorations.

U.S. Paper Money Day (March 10)
Hold a program to challenge your patrons to put their origami skills to the test to transform a handful of dollar bills into an amazing folded creation. Go to this website for instructions: https://www.origami-resource-center.com/money-origami.html. Display a few of the staff’s creations on the Circulation Desk to entice workshop attendance.

Ezra Jack Keats Birthday (March 11, 1916)
Ezra Jack Keats was an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He won the 1963 Caldecott Medal for illustrating The Snowy Day, which he also wrote. It is considered one of the most important American books of the 20th century. Go to http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/ for information about his books, activities, and grant opportunities. Display all your Keats books in the Children’s area.

First Day of Spring (March 20)
Display all your titles that include the word “Spring.” Hold a crafting workshop for children to make simple, yet beautiful, rainbow flowers in honor of springtime. Find the instructions here: http://twitchetts.com/2017/03/construction-paper-rainbow-flowers.html/.

Randolph Caldecott Birthday (March 22, 1846)
Randolph Caldecott was an English artist and illustrator, born in Chester. The Caldecott Medal was named in his honor. Display your Caldecott winners and honor books. Find a complete list on the American Library Association’s website.

National Pencil Day (March 30)
Provide pencils, paper, and drawing books, and encourage your young patrons to let their imaginations run wild as they create pencil sketches. Request up to 35 “Mood” pencils from the System Office via email (denise.cpls@gmail.com) to give away to anyone that draws a sketch. Mood pencils start out one color and the warmth of your hand makes it change to a different color.

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2018 One Book One Nebraska

On Jan. 22, 2018 Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation honoring the 2018 One Book One Nebraska: Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell. Nebraska Presence includes poems by more than 80 contemporary Nebraska poets, including Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States Ted Kooser, Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen, former State Poet William Kloefkorn, and many others.

The Central Plains Library System office has 10 copies available for your book club. Call 1-800-569-4961 to reserve the set.

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Community Needs Response Plan

Community Needs Response Plan (aka Strategic Plan) Workshop

Do you have a plan? The Nebraska Guidelines for Public Library Accreditation require that a library have an up-to-date Community Needs Response Plan (formerly known as the Strategic Plan) in place. The guidelines are community-based, so libraries need to know what their communities’ needs are in order to provide appropriate library services that meet those unique needs. That’s where planning comes in. Christa Porter, NLC’s Library Development Director, will guide you through Community Needs Response Planning for your library. Public Library Directors, Staff, Library Board Members, and Community Members are encouraged to attend this FREE Workshop.

​Here are the sessions that are scheduled in the Central Plains Library System Area:

o February 7 – O’Neill – 1:00 – 4:00 pm
o February 20 – Grand Island – 1:00 – 4:00 pm
o February 22 – North Platte – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration is Now OPEN. Register by going to the date on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Training and Events Calendar:

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one week away. Your students or patrons can help you make this eye-catching display:







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February Display Ideas

January is starting off really cold. We can hope that, by February, it will be a teeny bit warmer (above zero would be nice). For this month, you could put together a display of teddy bears and make a sign that says Winter is Bear-able with Books. Here are 10 more display ideas for February.

Black History Month
Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events is planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African Americans. The theme for Black History Month in 2018 is “African Americans in Times of War” honoring those brave men and women who served their countries in the armed forces, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the American ideals of freedom and democracy. For poems, quotations, and lesson plans go to http://www.chiff.com/education/black-history-month.htm.

National Bird-Feeding Month
Display nonfiction books about birds, including the Audubon Guide to North American Birds to help patrons identify birds at their bird feeders. Books about how to build bird houses and feeders would be a good addition to the display as well as a bag of bird seed.

World Read Aloud Day (February 1, 2018)
Everyone in the world should get to read and write. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. Reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read alouds. Go to http://www.litworld.org/wrad to download the full World Read Aloud Day Event and Activity Packet.

Super Bowl Sunday (February 4, 2018)
Super Bowl 52, also known as Super Bowl LII, is set to be played on February 4, 2018 under the dome at state-of-the-art U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Display all of your books about football, NFL football teams, and biographies of famous football players.

National Weatherperson’s Day (February 5)
February 5th is National Weatherman’s Day, commemorating the birth of John Jeffries in 1744. Jeffries, a Boston physician and one of America’s first weather observers, began taking daily weather observations in Boston in 1774. He took the first balloon weather observation over London in 1784. He carried a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer to the height of 9000 feet. This is a day to recognize the men and women who collectively provide Americans with the best weather, water, and climate forecasts and warning services of any nation. Display books about the weather and invite your local meteorologist to talk about weather forecasting.

Jules Verne’s Birthday (February 8, 1828)
This French writer, sometime called “the father of science fiction,” wrote Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand leagues Under the Sea as well as many other novels. Make a poster and place it on the shelf with his famous works. Maybe it will encourage some to spend the cold winter nights rereading these exciting stories.

2018 Winter Olympics (February 9 – 25, 2018)
PyeongChang, South Korea, hosts the 23rd Winter Olympic Games. When the Olympics are on, we all watch sports that we normally don’t follow. It is exciting to watch Americans compete and to see which country has the most medals. A medal board would make a great display. Add books about winter sports and past Olympians to draw patrons’ interest. You could include information about South Korea and a map to show where the games are taking place. Go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/ for more on the Olympic Games.

Sidney Sheldon’s Birthday (February 11, 1917)
This prolific American writer was born Sidney Schectel at Chicago, Illinois. He wrote for movies, Broadway musicals, and TV series, including “The Patty Duke Show” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” In 1969, after winning both an Academy Award and a Tony Award, he moved to writing novels and became one of the bestselling novelists in history, as titles such as Rage of Angels, Windmills of the Gods and The Other Side of Midnight were translated into 51 languages. All together Sheldon’s books sold more than 300 million copies. He died in California in 2007. Display Sheldon’s books along with a bookmark listing his many accomplishments.

Valentine’s Day (February 14)
Have you wanted to try the Blind Date With a Book program? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to start. Select a variety of fiction books and place blank book review slips in them. Wrap them in red and pink wrapping paper. Leave only the barcode uncovered. Make an eye-catching display near your circulation desk. As people check the books out, ask patrons to fill out the book review slip inside before returning them. This is a fun way to get people to read books by new or less popular authors.

Presidents’ Day (February 19, 2018)
Presidents’ Day observes the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Present usage often regards Presidents’ Day as a day to honor all former presidents of the United States. This year you could focus on Abraham Lincoln. Display books and other material about our sixteenth President. Look in all the library’s collections…adult, children’s, fiction, nonfiction, and media.

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42 Books That Will Become Movies/TV Shows in 2018

This information comes from a terrific blog called The Perpetual Page Turner. If you have these titles, they would make an interesting display. Put a small sign on the cover of each indicating when the movie or tv show will premier.









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