October is the month our minds turn toward all things scary. A “scary” display idea from Pinterest is to find a dark corner of the library and plug in a small light. Then set up some of your scariest books with a poster that says “Books That Will Make You Buy a Nightlight.” Here are 10 more October display ideas:
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)
During this month we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. Go to http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.org/ for activities and program ideas.
Fall begins on September 23, but it is usually October before the leaves start falling from the trees. Prepare a display with a rake, some leaf cutouts and some old book jackets. Use the title “Rake in a Good Read.” This could be on a bulletin board or you could actually bring in a rake and lean it against the circulation desk.
Are you ready for some football? Use the short shelving in the children’s area to prepare a display that includes the green field, yard markers, end zones, and goal posts. Then display books about football teams and football players on “the field.”
Here is a display for those really scary books. Use heavy-duty cardboard cut in the shape of blue jeans. Cover the cardboard with an old pair of jeans and fasten it to your display table. Gather your scariest titles and make a sign that says “These Books Will Scare Your Pants Off.”
“Peanuts” Debuts (October 2, 1950)
This comic strip by Charles Schulz featured Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally and Charlie’s dog, Snoopy. The last new “Peanuts” strip was published February 13, 2000. Feature all your Charlie Brown books and dvds. You might even find a stuffed Snoopy to place on a red cardboard dog house.
Anne Rice’s Birthday (October 4, 1941)
Anne Rice, best-selling author of the Vampire Chronicles and other novels about the occult, was born on this day in New Orleans. It seems particularly fitting that the author of these famous books was born in October. Prepare a scary display of Rice’s books and a bookmark that lists them all. Be sure to include vampire fangs somewhere in the display—you could even purchase them from the Oriental Trading Company. The title of the display could be: “Warning: These Books Have Bite.”
Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014)
The theme this year is Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Library. This annual event spotlights all the great resources and activities libraries provide to inspire teens to succeed in school and beyond. Go to the official website for planning ideas and products that support the theme: http://teenreadweek.ning.com/.
Digital Citizenship Week (October 19-25)
Today’s digital world is redefining “citizenship.” All of us—from digital natives to later adopters—need to learn how to be good citizens, to be safe, responsible and respectful participants in this new world. Digital citizenship requires a whole-community approach among parents, kids, librarians, educators, and the broader community. Common Sense Education provides free materials covering a range of topics including Internet Safety, Cyberbullying, Digital Footprints, Copyright, and more.
Michael Crichton’s Birthday (October 23, 1942)
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard and then returned to Harvard for medical school. During his final year of medical school, he published The Andromeda Strain and decided to write full time instead of practicing medicine. Many of his best-selling novels became films. Crichton won the Edgar Award twice, in 1968 and 1980. Gather the books, audiobooks, and dvds that are credited to Crichton for a great mystery display.
Halloween (October 31)
Have your preschoolers make some friendly ghosts using this craft idea from Country Living. Then hang them from your bulletin board with the caption “Reading is a Scream.”
Find even more display ideas on my Pinterest page!