July is the month for patriotic events. Prepare a “Flag” display of books with red, white, and blue covers. I found this idea on Pinterest.
Find books with covers picturing people on the beach or in summer attire. Display them with beach balls, beach towels, beach tote, sunglasses and a bucket & spade.
“Beat the Heat”
Display books with the words “ice,” “snow,” “cold,” “blizzard,” etc. in the titles. You could even dig out a pair of mittens or earmuffs to include in the display.
E.B. White’s Birthday (July 11, 1899)
Elwyn Brooks White, the author of the popular children’s novels Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan was born on July 11, 1899, in Mount Vernon, New York. All three works were critical and commercial successes, selling millions of copies. The books have also been made into films. Prepare a display with White’s books, dvds, and audiobooks. You could add a bookmark with information about E.B. White.
Ford Motor Company Takes its First Order (July 15, 1903)
On this day in 1903, the newly formed Ford Motor Company takes its first order from Chicago dentist Ernst Plenning, and $850 two-cylinder Model A automobile with a backseat. The car, produced at Ford’s plant on Mack Street (now Mack Avenue) in Detroit, was delivered to Dr. Plenning just over a week later. Display this information with the “coffee table” books you have with pictures of cars from all eras. Include children’s books, as well.
Catcher in the Rye Published (July 16, 1951)
J.D. Salinger’s only novel was published by Little, Brown on this day in 1951. The book, about a confused teenager disillusioned by the adult world, was an instant hit and was taught in high schools for a half a century. The book took the country by storm, selling out and becoming a Book of the Month Club selection. Place a sign in the stacks or bring the book up to the circulation desk and display it with this information. The book is sure to be on someone’s summer reading list and they will be glad to find it so easily.
Disneyland Opens (July 17, 1955)
Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism cost $17 million and was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion. Since it is the season for vacations, find all your California and Florida travel books and display them with Disney story books and maybe even a biography of Walt himself. A set of Mickey Mouse ears would add a nice touch to the display.
Cormac McCarthy’s Birthday (July 20, 1933)
Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He was born on this day in Providence, Rhode Island. McCarthy has written ten novels, including All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and The Road, which won the Pulitzer Prize. His novels are known for being bleak and violent and often feature characters who are outsiders or criminals. Place a sign in the stacks near his books with a list of all that he has written. Borrow those you don’t have through interlibrary loan for requesting patrons.
U.S. Postal System Established (July 26, 1775)
The U.S. Postal System was established by the Second Continental Congress with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Display your stamp collecting books and any stamp collections your patrons are willing to lend you. Be sure to safeguard the valuable collections by placing them in a locked display case.
Emily Bronte’s Birthday (July 30, 1818)
Novelist Emily Bronte was the fifth-born of the six Bronte children, three of whom grew up to write fiction. Emily’s book Wuthering Heights is considered a classic and is on many summer reading lists. Display the book with a sign in the stacks to draw attention to the Brontes’ books.
J.K. Rowling’s Birthday (July 31, 1965)
Joanne Rowling, better known the world over as J.K. Rowling, the author and creator of the celebrated Harry Potter book series, was born near Bristol, England. Display everything you have related to J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. Maybe these long, hot days (and your imaginative display) will inspire people to stay inside and read.
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