August is a time for preparation. It is time to preserve the produce from the bountiful gardens by canning or freezing in order to prepare for winter. Display your cookbooks that are dedicated to food preservation and jelly-making along with mason jars, a strainer, a big kettle, and a long-handled spoon. It is also a time to get ready for school to start. Gather the books in your children’s area that have school, kindergarten, or teacher in the title and set them together on a shelf or a table. Here are 10 more display ideas for August.
Celebrate the “Dog Days of Summer”
Make a display that includes dog bones, pet toys, paw prints, and all of your books about dogs, both fiction and nonfiction, from the children’s and adult’s areas.
Columbus Sets Sail (August 3, 1492)
Italian explorer Christopher Columbus set sail in command of three ships—the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria—to find a western sea route to China, India, and the gold and spice islands of Asia. On October 12, the expedition sighted land. Display all your material related to Columbus’ voyage. Include both children’s and adult books. A map would make a great background.
Nixon Resigns (August 8, 1974)
In an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. Display books about Nixon, his presidency, his resignation, and Watergate along with a sign marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Watergate scandal.
Kool-Aid Days (August 8-10, 2014)
The seventeenth annual Kool-Aid Days Festival is scheduled to be held in Hastings Nebraska, this year. There will be great family fun all weekend long—featuring the World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand. Display information about this event along with Kool-Aid packets and pitchers. You could even serve Kool-Aid to your patrons. They are sure to be delighted. Kool-Aid has played a part in summer for children across the nation…and it started right here in Nebraska!
Jonathan Kellerman’s Birthday (August 9, 1949)
This mystery writer was born in New York City. Kellerman is a child psychologist as well as a writer. He and his wife, best-selling author Faye Kellerman have four children. His first novel When the Bough Breaks won numerous awards and was made into a television movie. Since then, he has written more than 30 novels. Prepare a bookmark listing his titles and a sign for the stacks near Kellerman’s work.
Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered (August 12, 1990)
Fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovered three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turned out to be part of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered, and 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer. This seems like a great time to get out and display all the dinosaur books. They tend to be checked out, even from the stacks, but a display will have them flying out of the library!
Julia Child’s Birthday (August 15, 1912)
America’s beloved food authority, who didn’t take a cooking lesson until she was in her 30s, was born in Pasadena, CA. Child’s cookbooks and television shows encouraged Americans to cook and eat well and to be skeptical of food fads and diet strictures. “Cooking is not a chore; it is a joy.” Display cookbooks including those by Julia Child with mixing bowls, wooden spoons, and whisks.
Anniversary of the Death of Elvis Presley (August 16, 1977)
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, died in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 42. Display all your books, music CDs and DVDs by and about Elvis. It would be fun to include vinyl records and album covers, too.
Hawaii becomes 50th State (August 21, 1959)
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state and issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: 5 six-star rows and four five-star rows. Use the flags from July’s displays and feature books and other material about our 50th state…DVDs, travel books, geography books, children’s books, and adult fiction.
Hurricane Katrina slams into Gulf Coast (August 29, 2005)
Hurricane Katrina make landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on this day in 2005. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. It is hard to believe it has been 9 years since that day. Display books about hurricanes in general and information about Katrina.
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