It is hard to believe September is upon us (or it will be in less than 30 days). Most everybody is ready to move into autumn and leave summer behind. Prepare an Autumn Fiction display by gathering novels with fall or autumn in the title. Also, look for covers with autumn leaves or scenes. Here are 10 more ideas for displays in September.
Alzheimer Awareness Month
Display fiction and nonfiction about Alzheimer’s, caregivers, and choosing a nursing home. Don’t forget biographies and memoirs of people who had it.
Back to School
Everyone with children will be thinking about school this month. Display school stories for children, books about adjusting to college, home schooling, and adult education. An alternate title could be School Days.
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 the display with fiction about librarians and a mix of books for children about the library.
National Coupon Month
This month celebrates the nearly $4.6 billion savings American consumers receive each year by redeeming coupons for their favorite brands. In fact, every hour spent couponing is worth an estimated $100 and the average savings per coupon is $1.44. Go to http://www.ilovecouponmonth.com/ for coupon savings tips throughout the month. Plan a program about using coupons.
“Too Hot to Cook”
Prepare a group of light cookbooks, including salads, sandwiches, and frozen desserts. Display them with a large sun cutout and an umbrella shading the books.
United Nations: International Literacy Day (September 8)
This day highlights the importance of literacy and raises awareness of and concern for world-wide literacy issues. About 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills. One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. About 75 million children do not attend school and many more attend irregularly. However, literacy is also a cause for celebration on this day because there are nearly four billion literate people in the world. Use this information to kick-start a literacy program in your community. Raise awareness by placing a sign on your circulation desk on September 8.
Husker Harvest Days (September 9-11, 2014)
This Grand Island event is the largest irrigated working agricultural show on a permanent site in the United States. 80 acres of exhibits, 700 acres of field demonstrations and more. Estimated attendance of 50,000. Display your farming books with information about this show. Go to http://huskerharvestdays.com/ for details.
Robert McCloskey’s Birthday (September 14, 1914)
Children’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey was born on this day in Hamilton, Ohio. His books include Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, and Homer Price. Display a sign in the children’s area near McCloskey’s books.
H.G. Wells’ Birthday (September 21, 1866)
H.G. Wells, pioneer of science fiction, was born on this day in Bromley, England. His classic novel, The Time Machine, was published in 1895. Wells went on to publish The Invisible Man in 1897 and The War of the Worlds in 1898. Display these novels at the circulation desk along with a sign. It is sure to convince someone to go back and re-read one of these often-assigned books.
Planet Neptune Discovered (September 23, 1846)
Neptune, the eighth planet from the sun, was discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle at the Berlin Observatory. The blue gas giant, which has a diameter four times that of Earth, was named for the Roman god of the sea. It has eight known moons and a ring system containing three bright and two dim rings. It completes an orbit of the sun once every 165 years. Display your space and planet books in the children’s area to mark this occasion.
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