September Display Ideas

Eclipse Day is finally here! With so many activities in August, I was delayed in working on the September Display Ideas. Here are 10 display and programming ideas for next month (which will be here in just 10 days—yikes!).

Library Card Sign-Up Month
This is a month when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. This observance was launched in 1987. Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child has a library card and uses it. Fill a display with fiction about librarians and a mix of books for children about the library.

International Literacy Day (September 8)
For more than 50 years, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has worked to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect. UNESCO believes that literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all. Create a display of books written by authors from other countries.

National Video Game Day (September 12)
National Video Game Day is a holiday that has come about due to the ever increasing popularity of videos games from the 20th through the 21st centuries. It’s an unofficial holiday which is celebrated on September 12th. This day is a great day to show just how much of a fan you are of video games. Set up a game system in your library and invite patrons (of all ages) to give it a try! (The System Office has a Wii and several games you can borrow.)

Husker Harvest Days (September 12-14, 2017)
Celebrating its 40th year, the world’s largest totally irrigated working farm show comes together once again in Grand Island, Nebraska. The show features the latest equipment, supplies and technologies available to today’s producers. Field demonstrations and crop technology exhibits are geared to Nebraska and western Corn Belt agriculture. View the newest tractors, combines and harvesters, grain-handling equipment, and irrigation technologies. Watch and even participate in live demonstrations of these as well as new models of pickups and ATVs. Livestock handling demonstrations round out the learning opportunities. Display your farming books with information about this show. Go to for details.

Roald Dahl’s Birthday (September 13, 1916)
Visit for games, activities, and more based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda, and more. Place a poster in the stacks or prepare a small display of Dahl’s books in the Children’s area.

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. For more information, go to

Mini Golf Day (September 21, 2017)
Hold a mini golf event in the library! Find ideas for setting up your course on this Pinterest page[]=mini%20golf%20in%20library%7Ctyped.

First Day of Autumn (September 22, 2017)
Create this fun fall bulletin board ( along with a display of autumn-themed books.

Hobbit Day (September 22)
Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books, both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22, but of different years. Display Tolkien’s works in print, audio, and video formats along with a sign about Hobbit Day.

Banned Books Week (September 24-30)
Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. Go to for more information. Display books that have been challenged or banned and encourage your patrons to read (or re-read) the titles.

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Orleans Library Celebrates 100 Years

C. B. Preston Memorial Library will be celebrating 100 years of service to the community on Sunday September 10. The Cordelia Bennett Preston library was dedicated at Orleans, Nebraska on September 11, 1917, and was a gift from James McClean Preston to the Orleans Township in memory of his deceased wife.

The afternoon activities will start at 2:00 when antique appraiser, Bob Jones, will be critiquing antiques. (Mini Antique Road Show)  Those attending are welcome to bring antiques to learn the appraised value.  Also part of the program will be a special stamp cancellation.  Picture postcards of the library will be given out and the Orleans Postmaster will be on hand to sell postage stamps and cancel the stamp with a onetime cancellation which is unique to the library.  Even if you are not a collector of postal memorabilia you will want this special cancellation for the future.

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the afternoon and everyone is invited.

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One Book, One Nebraska Activities and Book Reviews

The Nebraska Library Commission has created a number of activities and games to go along with this year’s One Book for Nebraska Kids and One Book for Nebraska Teens book selections, which are available on the Library Commission’s website:

Below are book reviews from Aimee Owen at NLC:

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

Alcatraz Smedry kicks off his thirteenth birthday by burning down his foster mother’s kitchen… and it’s all downhill from there. The arrival of a small bag of sand and a strange old man claiming to be his grandfather pulls Alcatraz into the adventure of a lifetime, full of magic, mayhem, and…a cult of evil librarians? While he’s not a “nice person” by nature, Alcatraz also doesn’t like to be shot at, so he goes along to help Grandpa Smedry and his band of Freelanders save the world from the librarians. Along the way, he discovers that the world as he knows it is a lie perpetrated by the librarians and that his tendency to be clumsy and break things (or set them on fire) is actually a superpower.  What else will Alcatraz discover about the world and himself?

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, the first in the fantasy series by Nebraska-born author Brandon Sanderson, is the 2017 selection for One Books for Nebraska Kids, aimed at grades 4-6.  The Nebraska Library Commission has copies of this book in print and audio versions in our Book Club Kit collection, available for loan to school and public librarians, as well as puzzles and activities for readers to continue the fun after the book is read.  Please visit for this year’s selection, along with those from years past.  Click here to reserve this book club kit.

Sanderson, Brandon. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. Scholastic Press: New York, NY, 2007.


The Legend of Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves is the greatest western lawman you’ve never heard of.  While many people idolize Butch Cassidy, Wyatt Earp, and Billy the Kid, very little has been said about the former escaped slave who became the most successful U.S. marshals of his time. Born a slave on the western prairie, where he lived with his mother and helped wrangle wild cattle, Bass becomes a fugitive and escapes into Indian Territory after a dispute with his master.  Bass lives with a tribe of Creeks for over 2 decades, until slavery is abolished, and is then recruited to help capture dangerous outlaws. Gary Paulsen does a masterful job filling in the unknown details of Bass’s life on the run and his later years as one of the first African American federal marshals in this fictionalized biography.

The Legend of Bass Reeves, by Gary Paulsen, is the 2017 selection for One Book for Nebraska Teens, geared towards middle school and high school readers.  The Nebraska Library Commission has copies of this book in print and audio versions in our Book Club Kit collection, available for loan to school and public librarians, as well as puzzles and activities for readers to continue the fun after the book is read.  Please visit for this year’s selection, along with those from years past.  Click here to reserve this book club kit.

Paulsen, Gary. The Legend of Bass Reeves. Wendy Lamb Books: New York, NY, 2006.

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August Display Ideas

August is a time for preparation. It is time to preserve the produce from the bountiful gardens by canning or freezing in order to prepare for winter. Display your cookbooks that are dedicated to food preservation and jelly-making along with mason jars, a strainer, a big kettle, and a long-handled spoon. It is also a time to get ready for school to start. Gather the books in your children’s area that have school, kindergarten, or teacher in the title and set them together on a shelf or a table. Here are 10 more display and program ideas for August.

Celebrate the “Dog Days of Summer”
Make a display that includes dog bones, pet toys, paw prints, and all of your books about dogs, both fiction and nonfiction, from the children’s and adult’s areas. Request donations of dog food and treats for your local pet shelter.

Family Fun Month
This month is all about having fun with the family. Hold a family game night at your library and encourage families to bring their favorite games to share. Display your books about card games and have a few decks of cards ready to distribute.

National Peach Month
Hold a screening of Disney’s James and the Giant Peach on a day before school starts and serve peach-flavored refreshments.

Watermelon Day (August 3)
Display all your children’s picture books about watermelon. Then, take your Preschool Story Time outside. Serve juicy slices of watermelon and read aloud Greg Pizzoli’s The Watermelon Seed.

Friendship Day (August 6)
Encourage everyone to make a new friend today. Display your books with the word “friend” in the title and books about friends (my first thought was about Frog and Toad…they’re friends, right?).

Kool-Aid Days (August 11-13, 2017)
Get ready for a Very Berry Kool-Aid Days Bash in Hastings this year. There will be great family fun all weekend long—featuring the World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand. Display information about this event along with Kool-Aid packets and pitchers. You could even serve Kool-Aid to your patrons. They are sure to be delighted. Kool-Aid has played a part in summer for children across the nation…and it started right here in Nebraska!

Julia Child’s Birthday (August 15, 1912)
America’s beloved food authority, who didn’t take a cooking lesson until she was in her 30s, was born in Pasadena, CA. Child’s cookbooks and television shows encouraged Americans to cook and eat well and to be skeptical of food fads and diet strictures. “Cooking is not a chore; it is a joy.” Display cookbooks including those by Julia Child with mixing bowls, wooden spoons, and whisks.

Anniversary of the Death of Elvis Presley (August 16, 1977)
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, died in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 42. Display all your books, music CDs and DVDs by and about Elvis. It would be fun to include vinyl records and album covers, too. I cannot believe he has been gone for 40 years!

Judy Schachner’s Birthday (August 20, 1951)
Place a poster on the shelf with her Skippyjon Jones books to commemorate Judy’s birthday. You could go on an adventure with your Story Time preschoolers by reading one of the many books in her popular series.

Frankenstein Day (August 30)
Celebrate the birth of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley (born August 30, 1797) and her creation of one of the most iconic monsters by making some Frank-inspired treats.

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Holiday Hours

The CPLS Office will be closed Friday, June 30 – Tuesday, July 4th. We go back to regular hours on Wednesday, July 5th.

We’re wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day!

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