Only ten days until October is over! Daylight Saving Time ends November 2 and Thanksgiving is on November 27. Now is the time to get dried cornstalks to tie together. Add gourds, pumpkins, and a cornucopia for a beautiful autumn display outside the library’s front door. Here are 10 more display, program, and decorating ideas for November.
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Monopoly Board Game Released (November 5, 1935)
Parker Brothers released their first Monopoly Board Game. Over the years, there have been many versions of this popular pastime. Gather many different Monopoly games for a display—be sure to leave one out on the table for people to play. Schedule a teen Monopoly lock-in for a great “after hours” program.
Young Readers Day (November 11)
The second Tuesday of November is designated as Young Readers Day. It is a special day to recognize the joys and benefits of reading that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Celebrate by inviting adults and older students to read to younger ones. Make a display with read-aloud favorites.
Veterans Day (November 11)
Established in 1926, this holiday celebrates that at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month fighting ceased in World War I. Display books about military history to commemorate this day.
International Girls Day (November 14)
Media messages, cultural stereotypes and peers often tell girls that they have to look, act and be a certain way. With the slogan, “She Can Do Anything,” International Girls Day is a day to celebrate girls – all kinds of girls with all kinds of interests and abilities. It’s an opportunity to build confidence in girls and help them realize their potential. Set up a table with various books that appeal to girls. Go to http://confidencecoalition.org/nationalgirlsday for more ideas.
America Recycles Day (November 15)
America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year organizers promote recycling awareness, commitment and action. Go to http://americarecyclesday.org/toolkit for event ideas and materials. Display nonfiction books about recycling and trash in your children’s area.
National Geography Awareness Week (November 16-22)
Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life. Follow this link and click on Teaching Resources for activities and lessons. Prepare a display of books about other countries and the different ecosystems found around the world.
National Game and Puzzle Week (November 23-29)
Held during the week of Thanksgiving each year, National Game and Puzzle Week encourages family and friends to spend time together. The American Library Association’s youth division, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) website http://www.ala.org/alsc/issuesadv/kidscampaign/kidsgames includes several reproducible games and puzzles that you can distribute.
Marc Brown’s Birthday (November 25, 1946)
Everybody loves Arthur! The creator of this series, Marc Brown, was born and grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. Arrange a display of Arthur books and activity sheets from http://marcbrownstudios.com/arthur/activities/. You will have to keep refilling this display with books, because they will fly off the shelf!
Ed Young’s Birthday (November 28, 1931)
Ed Young has writing and illustrated many books for children, including the Caldecott Award Winner in 1989, Lon Po Po. Go to http://www.edyoungart.com/ for a complete list of his titles. Display Young’s books with a poster about him in the children’s area.
Bonus Passive Program Idea: Monday, November 17 is Homemade Bread Day. Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the air. If you have a bread machine, why not bring it to the library and bake bread for your patrons to sample. Don’t forget the butter and jelly. (Let me know if you are going to do this—I will be glad to donate some homemade apple butter or white grape jam.)
Library Trivia: On November 14, 1732, the first salaried librarian in the United States, Louis Timothee, was hired. He worked for Benjamin Franklin at the Library Company of Philadelphia every Wednesday from two to three o’clock and every Saturday from ten to four. He was paid three pounds sterling every trimester.
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