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 “2014: New Year, New Books.” Then add book jackets from the new titles in your collection. Here are ten more display ideas to start 2014 off right.
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.
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.
Appreciate a Dragon Day (January 16)
Celebrate and explore dragons through folklore, literature, and art! There are plenty of dragon books for children, so search your collection to create a Dragons on Display feature. Here is a link to a variety of crafts, lesson plans, and other fun activities: http://www.pinterest.com/littlemissnancy/dragons/. Read Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess during story time this week.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 20)
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. Display your books and DVDs about the civil rights era along with biographies of Dr. King.
Australia Day (January 26, 1788)
This celebration marks the arrival of a shipload of convicts from British prisons to establish a prison colony, which later became the city of Sydney. Display all your books about Australia and Australian animals from both the children’s and adult collections. One great website for activities and crafts is: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/australia-day. For more information about Australia go to: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/places/find/australia/.
Lewis Carroll’s Birthday (January 27, 1832)
Set up a display of books and DVDs in the children’s area highlighting Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
International Puzzle Day (January 29)
Display your puzzle, riddle, and I Spy books.
Zane Grey’s Birthday (January 31, 1872)
Zane Grey, American dentist and prolific author of tales of the Old West, was born at Zanesville, OH. Grey wrote more than 80 books that were translated into many languages and sold more than 10 million copies. Display books and audiobooks by this popular author. Prepare a bookmark with all of his titles. (see http://www.zanegreyinc.com/) Be ready to request the books that you don’t have through interlibrary loan.
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