July is the month for patriotic events. Prepare a display table with groupings of books with red, white, and blue covers. Place a container of small American flags on the table for patrons to pick up. Flags may be ordered from Oriental Trading Company. Here are 10 more display ideas for July.
National Grilling Month
Bring in a portable grill to display with grilling tools and cookbooks devoted to grilling.
First U.S. Postage Stamps Issued (July 1, 1847)
Stamp collecting has been called “the hobby of kings and the king of hobbies.” Display your stamp collecting books with envelopes and an address book. If you have a locking case, you could borrow a collection and highlight it.
Dave Barry Birthday (July 3, 1947)
Put a sign in the stacks or make a small arrangement of books and audiobooks on a table commemorating the birth of this popular humorist.
To Kill a Mockingbird Published (July 11, 1960)
Harper Lee’s evocative novel of tomboy Scout Finch coming of age in a Depression-era Alabama town was published on this day by J.B. Lippincott. A bestseller almost immediately, it earned Lee a Pulitzer Prize on May 1, 1961. Librarians voted it the best novel of the 20th century. Place a sign and a copy of the book on your circulation desk.
Erno Rubik Birthday (July 13, 1944)
Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, was born in a hospital air raid shelter in Budapest, Hungary. Gather as many of the puzzling cubes as you can find. Children who are bored with summer will spend hours trying to figure them out. You could hold a contest to see who can solve the puzzle in the shortest amount of time.
Clement C. Moore Birthday (July 15, 1779)
Celebrate Christmas in July by displaying “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” which was first published anonymously and without Moore’s knowledge in a newspaper on December 23, 1823.
Ernest Hemingway Birthday (July 21. 1899)
This American-born author made his name with such works as The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954. Exhibit Hemingway’s books with a bookmark listing his titles. Chances are, one of his books is on the summer reading list for your high school patrons. This might be the nudge they need to get started!
National Day of the Cowboy (July 27)
Display western books and movies, country music CDs, and books by cowboy poets, along with a cowboy hat, chaps, spurs, and a saddle (if you can find one).
Parents’ Day (July 28)
This day is set aside to pay tribute to the men and women across our country whose devotion as parents strengthens our society. Display parenting books and DVDs as well as picture books featuring mommies and daddies.
Beatrix Potter Birthday (July 28, 1866)
The author and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit stories for children was born in London, England. Arrange her books with puppets in the children’s area for a fun and interactive display.
Nebraska Trivia: Gerald Rudolph Ford: 100th Birth Anniversary (July 14, 1913) 38th president of the US (1974-77). Born Leslie King at Omaha, NE. Ford became vice president of the US by appointment following the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew from that office. Ford became president following the resignation from that office of Richard M. Nixon. He was the first nonelected vice president and president of the US.
Library Trivia: On July 30, 1935, paperback books were introduced with the publication of the first Penguin paperback by Sir Allen Lane in London, England. Penguin Number 1 was Ariel, a life of Shelley by Andre Maurois.