Summer is just around the corner! Display vacation and travel books in an open suitcase. Here are 10 more display ideas for May.
Get Caught Reading Month
Celebrities appear in ads appealing to people of all ages to remind them of the joys of reading. Go to www.getcaughtreading.org for more information.
National Barbecue Month
Encourage people to start enjoying their grills early in the season. Display barbecue cookbooks along with a bag of charcoal briquettes and grilling tools.
Batman Debut (May 1, 1939)
Bob Kane created a new crime fighter for comic book fans. The caped hero was an immediate success. Display Batman memorabilia, books, and DVDs.
National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
A week to honor the outstanding efforts of nurses everywhere to strengthen the health of the community. This display could include fiction books that feature nurses or books on health-related topics.
James M. Barrie Birthday (May 9, 1860)
Best known for his play Peter Pan, which was first performed in 1904 and published in 1928. A small display at the circulation desk with a variety of versions of this popular story will encourage patrons to check them out.
American Red Cross Founded (May 21, 1881)
May would be a terrific month to sponsor a Blood Drive at the Library. Display Red Cross pamphlets leading up to the event.
Janet Dailey Birthday (May 21, 1944)
This popular romance novelist was born in Storm Lake, Iowa. Place a sign in the stacks with her books to draw attention to them.
Baseball’s First Night Game (May 24, 1935)
The first night baseball game in the major leagues was played at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 2-1. Display baseball biographies, books about teams, and books and DVDs with coaching tips with a catcher’s mitt and baseball jersey. (I don’t recommend baseballs and bats in the library.)
Flower Moon (May 25)
The May full moon was dubbed the Flower Moon by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because by this time of year, flowers are everywhere. Prepare a colorful display with silk flowers and fiction books with flower names in the titles.
Indianapolis 500 (May 26)
This race is the world’s largest single day sporting event. Ray Harroun won the first Indy 500 on May 30, 1911 averaging 74.6 mph. Books about race car drivers and fast cars are sure to be a hit in the Children’s Area.
Bonus Nebraska Event Idea: Henry Fonda, Academy Award winning stage, television, and screen actor, was born May 16, 1905 in Grand Island. He began is acting career at the Omaha Playhouse. A film festival of his popular movies could be a fun event.
Library Trivia: On May 31, 1790, President George Washington signed the first United States copyright law. It gave protection for 14 years to books written by US citizens.