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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Find the Clues to Solve Your Next Quest at the Library

Library supporters can download video and audio public service announcements (PSAs) in celebration of 1982 Caldecott winner “Jumanji” and the release of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” coming to theaters in December 2017.

For a limited time, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and American Library Association (ALA) will offer free web-friendly PSAs that capture the thrill of adventure and discovery found within the library. Broadcast and web audiences are encouraged to chart their next quest at the library and explore the vast resources that empower and transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

Please note that all ALA “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” downloads (audio, graphics, video) are available for limited use and free usage terms will expire on Feb. 28, 2018.  Airing and distribution of PSAs should not extend past the expiration date and use, and distribution are limited to the United States.


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January Display Ideas

It is hard to think about the New Year when we are all wrapped up in the holidays. Here is an easy bulletin board to put up to start off the year. Cover the board with bright yellow or gold paper. Add the title “2018: New Year, New Books.” Then add book jackets from the new titles in your collection. Here are ten more display ideas to start 2018 off right.

Brain Teaser Month
Challenge patrons to solve riddles and brain teasers from this website https://www.everythingmom.com/parenting/45-riddles-and-brain-teasers-for-kids. Offer a prize for the most correct answers.

National Soup Month
This is a terrific time to display all your soup cookbooks. You could even get preschoolers involved by sharing your favorite version of the folktale Stone Soup.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday (January 3, 1892)
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Make a poster and display all versions of Tolkien’s works (i.e. books, dvds, audiobooks, graphic novels, etc.).

Trivia Day (January 4)
The origins of Trivia Day may be obscure, but librarians can appreciate the challenge of finding bits of information. This year, have some fun with trivia at http://www.triviachamp.com/. This site includes lots of trivia facts in addition to free printable trivia questions. Host a trivia contest for your patrons…you could even have a Trivial Pursuit game night.

Amelia Earhart Day (January 11)
To honor this pioneer, display biographies of female aviators and astronauts. This is the perfect opportunity to feature model airplanes. Ask your patrons to bring in any models they have constructed and place them on top of your shelves or suspend them from the ceiling.

Jack London’s Birthday (January 12, 1876)
John Griffith “Jack” London was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction. Display London’s books along with a bookmark listing all his titles.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15)
Although Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, the federal holiday has been celebrated on the third Monday in January by Presidential Proclamation since 1986. (It just so happens that the third Monday of the month this year IS January 15.) Display your books and DVDs about the civil rights era along with biographies of Dr. King.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday (January 19, 1809)
This American poet and story writer was born at Boston, Massachusetts. He is best remembered for his poetry, especially The Raven, and for his tales of suspense. Place a poster in the stacks near Poe’s works, or host a late night reading of The Tell-Tale Heart.

International Puzzle Day (January 29)
Display your puzzle, riddle, and I Spy books.

Zane Grey’s Birthday (January 31, 1872)
Pearl Zane Grey was an American author and dentist best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage was his best-selling book. Display books and audiobooks by this popular author. Prepare a bookmark with all of his titles. Be ready to request the books that you don’t have through interlibrary loan.

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Rebooting Your Router…Again?

This article tells you why turning off your router generally fixes whatever problem you are having…and why you should wait 10 seconds before turning it back on.

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Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Basic Training




December 7   10:00 – 11:30 am

This “basic training” session will provide brief background information on the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries group (history, funding, policy, procedure), as well as a tour of the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries digital collection website (https://nebraska.overdrive.com). Attendees will learn how to search and browse the website for content and borrow and place holds on titles. We’ll also review the most popular methods of reading and listening to eBooks and audiobooks, including browser- and app-based options.

To Register go to: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgId=16838

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Happy Thanksgiving!


The CPLS System Office will be closed November 23-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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December Display Ideas

Our first snow came early this year! Here is a fitting bulletin board idea. Put a blue background on your bulletin board and then add a layer of white for snow. Place a large snowman in the center. The title is “Reading is Snow Much Fun!” Have patrons add snowflakes (they can make their own or use some that you have pre-made) with the titles of new books they read during December. Here are ten more program and display ideas:

National Cookie Day (December 4)
This is a great time to find all of your picture books about cookies for a display in the children’s area. Cookie cookbooks are always popular during the holidays. You could host a cookie exchange or give away cookies at the circulation desk. You might fill a clear jar with mini cookies and have patrons guess how many are in the jar. The closest guess gets the jar and the cookies!

Mitten Tree Day (December 6)
Establish a mitten tree at your library to help warm the hands of those in need in your community. Read Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten. Print some of the activity sheets from this website and use them for passive programming.

Willa Cather’s Birthday (December 7, 1873)
Pull out all the Willa Cather books you have. You could also display a Nebraska map with Red Cloud marked.  Put an annotated list of Cather’s books on the display for interested patrons to pick up.

Pearl Harbor Day (December 7, 1941)
Highlight your nonfiction collection of World War II history books and DVDs.

Poinsettia Day (December 12)
 A day to enjoy poinsettias and to honor Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the American diplomat who introduced into the US the Central American plant that is named for him. Decorate with some poinsettias and put a plant stake with this information in one of the pots.

Monkey Day (December 14)
Share a video about the leisurely life of spider monkeys, as well as other primate videos, on the National Geographic website. Display both fiction and nonfiction books about monkeys along with a stuffed toy.

National Ugly Sweater Day (December 15)
Provide thrift-store sweaters or sweatshirts, glue, buttons, tinsel, felt, and other supplies for your teen group to make their own ugly holiday creations. Stage a style show to crown the winner.

Chocolate-Covered Anything Day (December 16)
Ask your patrons to write down the most bizarre food they have ever eaten covered in chocolate. Then show them the list from this website. You could even have some of the treats on hand for sampling, such as regular and white chocolate covered Cheetos and chocolate covered bacon.

A Christmas Carol Published (December 17, 1843)
This holiday classic by Charles Dickens was published in a print run of 6,000 copies that sold out in one week. Display every version of this story (books—both children and adult, DVDs, audio) plus other Dickens titles.

Winter Solstice (December 21)
On this first official day of winter, find books, dvds, and cds, that remind you of the season. Display them with a fuzzy blanket. Light a cinnamon candle to complete the cozy feeling.

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Recycled Book Turkey Tutorial

Link to the PDF with the Turkey Head.

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How to Rescue a Water-Damaged Book

The Syracuse University Libraries released this video in which they share a few of the tricks they use to repair library books that have been returned in less than pristine condition—including blotting with paper towels or air-drying to using a freezer or a dehumidifier.”

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