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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CPLS Annual Week of Weeding

CPLS Annual Week of Weeding
August 5 – 11, 2018

It is time to clean up after the Summer Reading Program activities and to get ready for school to start.

I want to encourage everyone to participate by agreeing to weed a section of your library that you have been avoiding. You know what it is—that corner, that shelf, that genre of books that you have put off weeding for a while. Now’s the time! ALL libraries in CPLS are eligible to participate!

How to Participate:

1. Send me an email at to let me know that you want to participate.
2. If you need extra encouragement or help deciding what to weed, I will be glad to give advice and to lend a helping hand. Call or email to set up an appointment.
3. After you finish your weeding project, let me know how it went by filling in the form below.

Those who submit their forms to the CPLS Office by August 17th will be entered into a drawing for one of TWO Kindle Fire Tablets. The winning libraries will be selected in a random drawing on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Week of Weeding Participation Form


Section Weeded __________________________________________________

How many books were weeded? (approximately) ____________________________

Best (or worst) thing that was weeded out? ________________________________


I’d love to see some “before and after” photos of your project. You can email digital pictures or submit printed photos with this participation form. (Pictures are not required and will not affect your library’s chance to win a Kindle Fire.)

Return the form via email or mail to:

Central Plains Library System, 2727 West 2nd Street #233, Hastings, NE 68901

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School Librarians in the Digital Age

Central Plains Library System and the Nebraska School Librarians Association are sponsoring “School Librarians in the Digital Age” on July 31, from 9:00 to 12:00. The workshop will cover three current topics. The location will be the Lexington Public Library, 907 N. Washington, Lexington, NE 68850. To register, go to

9:00 am Crystal Hurt Fake News: Teaching Media Literacy
“Fake news” is in the news, making determining fact from fiction harder than ever! Participants in this session will learn how they can empower students to be critical readers of digital content using “Four Moves and a Habit” from Mike Caulfield’s online OER textbook Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers. Participants will walk away with a digital literacy lesson they can use with students the very next day as well as digital tools, games, and sites to help turn students into fact checkers.

10 am Judy Henning Strategies for Identifying Fake News
With the proliferation of fake (or, at least, dubious) news, students need to know the strategies necessary to be a good consumer of information. This involves fine-tuning their critical thinking skills and using prior knowledge when determining the validity of research information. This presentation will give school librarians ideas and information they can incorporate in their information literacy curriculum.

11 am Keegan Korf Maintaining Student Privacy: 5 Things Teachers and Librarians Can Do
Do you know how the apps you’re using use and share student information? Learn how to navigate Common Sense’s new privacy evaluations and the implications for your school. Discuss the importance of privacy and data use for educators. Share practices at your school and learn from others.

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FREE Book Repair Workshop

The Central Plains Library System is sponsoring a FREE Book Repair Workshop featuring Kary Barth at the North Platte Public Library on Thursday, August 23, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Do not miss this chance to learn the techniques you need to keep your collection circulating!

To register, click on this link.

Kary Barth, regional sales manager for Kapco Library Products, has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana and has worked with libraries since 1990. Formerly, the national library sales manager for Kapco, Kary authored a basic book repair guide that was previously available from Kapco and has presented book protection/repair workshops in various venues throughout the US.

This workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials. Prevention is the key, but we will be addressing specific, common repairs: re-inserting loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages.

Each participant is asked to bring: one or two paperback books, preferably new or new-like, to demonstrate covering techniques: a hardbound book with a book jacket to demonstrate application of book jacket covers; a stapled book or magazine; one hardbound book that needs repair and a “naked” hardbound book; i.e., a hardbound book that does NOT have a book jacket cover..

Each participant will be provided with a free sample packet of materials.

There is a drawing at every workshop for a DELUXE PAPERBACK PROTECTION KIT Retail Value $113.00.

Maximum of 25 participants.

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Time to Register

The Central Plains Library System’s Annual Meeting is going to be on July 18th, at the House on the Hill Bed & Breakfast south of Elwood. We are sure to have a delicious lunch and then we will be motivated and entertained by local speaker, Leona Cummins. After that we will go to the Elwood Public Library at 306 Calvert in Elwood for an hour of library talk and a craft to make there or take home.

If you attend the Annual Meeting, you will receive 1 CEU. If you come to the library for an hour of visiting, you will receive another 1 CEU.

Pay only $10 for your lunch and go home with lots of great ideas and a beautiful wreath, too!

Register now by clicking on this link.

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CPLS Annual Meeting


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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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Norfolk Public Library Literature Festival

Click on the flyer below for full event and registration information.


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June Display Ideas

We knew it was going to happen! Tomorrow is the first of May and the temperature is over 80 degrees. We went right from late winter to early summer. I hope sometime we get to enjoy a nice long spring. Put up a brightly-colored bulletin board with caterpillars, bees, butterflies, ants and flowers. The slogan says Don’t Bug Me…I’m Reading! Here are ten more spring/summer display and program ideas for the month of June.

Great Outdoors Month
Go on a virtual adventure to explore our national parks at Display your travel books to states that include the national parks mentioned on this website…Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida.

National Safety Month
For anyone prone to bumps, cuts, and bruises, share 18 Fun Facts about the History of BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages: Band-Aids have come a long way! Be sure to include first aid books, CPR books and DVDs, crutches, and braces in your display.

National Zoo and Aquarium Month
Display your children’s picture books about zoo animals and aquarium creatures. Make the display inviting by including plush and puppet versions of animals that could be found in the zoo. Schedule a Virtual Field Trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo. See this webpage for more information:

Helen Oxenbury’s Birthday (June 2, 1938)
Helen Gillian Oxenbury is an English illustrator and writer of children’s picture books. She lives in North London with her husband John Burningham, another children’s book illustrator and writer. Display books that feature her beloved illustrations such as The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, and The Great Big Enormous Turnip. Watch a video interview with this artist at

Flag Day (June 14)
Today commemorates the adoption of the United States flag in 1777. Do you know any vexillologists? A vexillologist is someone who studies flags. If you have any books about flags, ours in particular, display them with a small poster which includes this new vocabulary word.

Father’s Day (June 17, 2018)
The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Display DVDs, audiobooks and books from every area in your library that have the words Father or Daddy in the title.

First Day of Summer (June 21)
Summer is finally (officially) here! Make a bulletin board where everyone can share via post-it note their favorite things to do in summer. Include a display of books about summer at the base of the bulletin board.

Great American Campout (June 23, 2018)
“Camp Out” at your library today! Set up a tent, serve indoor s’mores and read aloud a book about camping. Have wet wipes ready for sticky hands and more books about camping ready to be checked out by your eager patrons.

Eric Carle’s Birthday (June 25, 1929)
Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there and graduated from a prestigious art school in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Display Eric Carle’s books in the children’s area with a small poster about his birthday. Be ready to refill this display, because the books will definitely get checked out. For more information about Eric Carle and his work, go to his official webpage at:

“Happy Birthday to You” Day (June 27, 1924)
First published in 1924, this song has made its rounds endlessly ever since. Throw a birthday party, complete with mini cupcakes, for anyone who has a June birthday today. Also make books about birthdays available at the circulation desk for easy checkout.

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Nominate Someone for a System Award

The Helping Hand Award is offered annually by the Central Plains Library System to a deserving Trustee, Friend, volunteer or library supporter. Nominations may focus on, but are not limited to, the following: library promotion, library support, volunteer service. A minimum of two supporting letters for the nominee shall accompany the nomination form.

The Leadership Award is offered annually by the Central Plains Library System to a deserving library employee. Nominations may focus on, but are not limited to, the following: customer service, innovative programs, technological development. A minimum of two supporting letters for the nominee shall accompany the nomination form.

Nominations and supporting documentation for both Awards are due to the Central Plains Library System Office by June 15, 2108.

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