Library Displays & Events
(For Adult and General Audiences)
A calendar of
displays that you can create by simply gathering a few books from your
collection and posting a small sign explaining the theme of the display. [New
events added 4/19/2011]
INDEX -- a listing of the bookmarks mentioned on this website plus
a few others!
for bulletin boards and displays.
Holidays and Seasonal Events (listed
Travel @ your library (updated 5/2010)
Back To School:
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month
-- see our Bulletin Board idea and mini-posters (which you can customize with
your library name)!
Bulletin Board: Photo of
plain bulletin board; photo with
September bulletin board is called "Bushels of Books." Click
HERE for more information (Word
Banned Books Week -- September 24 - October 1, 2011:
for more information and ideas!
día de los niños/El día de los libros -- April 30th
Look for details on the Southwest Library Services Youth Services page
under "Family Literacy Resources."
Election/Voting -- Create a display in red, white & blue with the
themes "FREADOM," "Elect to READ!" or "Vote for
Books!" Create some "campaign buttons" with faces of popular authors
or "ballots" listing newest acquisitions. You could adapt this to use for the 4th of July!
ideas -- updated for 2010!
Hispanic Heritage Month -- September 15 - October 15
Independent Reading -- Click
HERE to open a Word document ( or
HERE for pdf) describing our bulletin board for
Library Card Sign-Up Month -- September (see "Back To
National Gaming Day --
November 12, 2011 (See
Printable Bookmarks (click
National Library Week: April 8-14, 2012 (See
National Poetry Month
Across America Day: Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March
Summer Library Program:
(For children's and teen Summer Library Program ideas, see our
Youth Services page.)
Teen Read Week: October 16-22, 2011 (See
Tech Week: March 4-10, 2012. [Theme is "Geek Out @ your library."]
Smiley Face Pilgrims & Indians (you assemble!) -- add these to your bulletin board or use as a
craft for older children.
Pilgrim Man & Indian
Pilgrim Woman &
TV Turnoff Weeks are
the third week in April and the third week in September
"What To Do Before You Turn On the TV" (feel free to add your own
ideas and your library name.)
1) Create a simple bulletin board with letters from
Southwest Library Services -- "Read With
Someone You LOVE" in red (with a heart in place of the "O"), plus assorted
red and pink hearts to scatter. Print out some artwork
HERE to add, if you wish.
2) For a simple craft, see photos
and #2. Order the hands in red or pink and print out the words (for the fan-folded
3) Library Lover's Month is an
opportunity to honor your volunteers and Friends of the Library. You
might want to create a simple bulletin board with the theme "Good Libraries
Need Good Friends." Add heart shapes and/or red library symbols with
the first name of each volunteer. Here is a sample:
Just call SWILSA to order lettering and shapes!
Library Lovers' Month
bookmarks to customize and print.
elves to help with your holiday decorating? Here is our happy-face
elf. Good for a craft project.
“Make Tracks to
Your Library” features gray footprints for making tracks on a snowy
white background around your bulletin board. Letters are light blue with
dark blue shadows. Set also includes light blue snowflakes to scatter.
(Use ordinary salt in place of glitter to add sparkle to the snowflakes!)
Simple holiday border for your
bulletin board using small stars, "Santa hats" and "gifts." You
will need 6-7 shapes per foot of border. (The ribbon on the packages is shredded paper.)
"Bienvenidos -- Welcome Readers!" (convention theme)
bulletin board set includes lettering, large
and small smileys, plus a packet of confetti. See photo
here. Close-up photo
here. $1.50 from SWILSA.
You might add name badges, streamers or other items to complete the
NEW "Books into Movies"
-- Every year about 30 books are made into films. You might create a
display of current movies or future releases.
Here are some of the current titles:
2012 Release Dates:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott
Fitzgerald; All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque; The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath; The Giver by
Lois Lowry; Moby Dick by Herman
Melville; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
by Seth Grahame-Smith; One for the
Money by Janet Evanovich; The
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; and
Woman in Black by Susan Hill
(starring Daniel Radcliffe).
Here is a set of bookmarks that you
might edit to fit your collection and insert into books like those mentioned
Celebrity Chefs: Create a display featuring cookbooks from your
collection by well-known TV personalities. Some websites are listed below. You
might ask local celebrities -- like your mayor -- to contribute a favorite recipe for
distribution. And don't forget to check your collection for biographies of
famous chefs as well.
Websites to post:
Julia Child (and Master Chefs) --
Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian --
Rachel Ray -- http://www.rachaelray.com/
Paula Deen -- http://www.pauladeen.com/
Mario Batali -- http://www.mariobatali.com/
Emeril Lagasse -- http://www.emerils.com/ or
Jacques Pepin -- http://www.jacquespepin.net/
"Bloomin' Good Books:" A perfect summer
theme for any bulletin boards that are not decorated specifically for the
Summer Library Program.
"Reading by the Numbers" -- Display novels with numbers for
titles or titles that include numbers such as 1984 by George Orwell,
by Nick Hornby, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray
Bradbury. [Call SWILSA for die cut lettering and numbers for bulletin boards.]
Wellness -- There are many kinds of wellness --
physical, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, intellectual and
occupational. It would be easy to create a simple display of materials
gathered from your collection that relate to wellness needs (books and DVDs
about yoga, weight management, depression, and so on). You might focus
on one area of wellness at a time to make this a long-term exhibit.
The website at http://ala-apa.org/wellness/resources suggests some useful sites that
you might post as well.
Consumer Alerts -- You might want to devote a small
display space to ongoing consumer issues -- like recalls, scams and fraud in
the news. For example, for the summer months you might post the
Environmental Working Group's list of best and safest sunscreens (see
SWILSA Useful Sites page has a list of resources you might use at
at http://www.snopes.com/ will also
help you verify rumors about consumer fraud.