The temperatures over the weekend made it feel like spring is in the air…but I’m sure the weather has more winter in store for us. Mid-70s today, chance for snow tomorrow. Yep, we’re still in Nebraska. Here are 10 April display ideas to get you ready for Spring.
Car Care Month
A nationwide effort to focus motorists’ attention on the importance of vehicle maintenance and care. Find maintenance tips and more at www.carcare.org. Display car maintenance books with toy or model cars.
Defeat Diabetes Month
A month focused on preventing diabetes and/or its complications. See www.DefeatDiabetes.org for activities, dietary advice and health information. Display current health and recipe books related to diabetes, along with printed information sheets from the website.
National Poetry Month
An annual observance to pay tribute to the great legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets and the place of poetry in American culture. Launched in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world. Go to www.poets.org for daily poems. Click here for 30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry—One for Each Day in April. Post a poem a day on your library’s website or Facebook page and in your library.
School Library Month
School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s education career. The 2014 theme is Lives Change @ your library. Invite local elected officials to your school library during April. Click here for posters and web graphics.
Maya Angelou’s Birthday (April 4, 1928)
Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. She is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Place a poster in the stacks next to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to commemorate Dr. Angelou’s birthday. For more information go to http://mayaangelou.com
National Beer Day (April 7)
When the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 7, 1933, thirsty customers could buy a beer that was 3.2 percent alcohol by weight instead of the “near beer” they had suffered with all through Prohibition. The public lined up on “New Beer’s Eve” (April 6) at breweries in 20 states and Washington, DC, and purchased 1.5 million barrels. April 7 has remained an unofficial holiday celebrating beer in the U.S. Do you have a book on home-brewing? This is your chance to highlight it. Do you know someone that brews beer or collects beer cans? This would be a great program to bring in a different crowd. Be sure to check local requirements for a liquor license if you are planning on any tasting.
Home Run Record Set by Hank Aaron (April 8, 1974)
Henry Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935. Playing for the Atlanta Braves, Aaron broke the record at Atlanta in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished his career in 1976 with a total of 755 home runs. This record was broken by Barry Bonds in 2007, but it is April, and we are all ready for some baseball. Display books about baseball and baseball players along with a bat, ball, and glove. Batter up!!
National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014)
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our national’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Judy Blume is this year’s Honorary Chair. Go to http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek for promotional material.
Earth Day (April 22)
Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970, with the message “New Energy for a New Era.” This observance is intended to focus attention on the transition to renewable energy worldwide. Display books about the environment and recycling. For more information, go to www.earthday.org.
Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 24, 2014)
Choose a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others throughout the day. This is a great chance to highlight your poetry books. Display them with information about this day, index cards, and some pens or pencils. That way people can find and write down a poem to carry with them.
BONUS Nebraska Event: Nebraska Book Festival (April 25-26, 2014)
The Festival will be held in Omaha and is free and open to everyone who wishes to meet, hear, and talk with a few of Nebraska’s many talented authors who have published new works. You can request a poster from the Nebraska Library Commission. Go to http://bookfestival.nebraska.gov for complete information.
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