One of my favorite things to do in my library is create displays. I thought it might be helpful if I shared the calendar that I drew up to make sure I don't miss any of the "must-do" displays. It is so helpful if you can take people over to a seasonal display versus trying to look up in the catalog or find Easter books or whatever. I hope this helps any new librarians who might be overwhelmed by the process of marketing your collection!
As a general rule, I tend to keep displays up for about 3-4 weeks or if I run out of books all together. One tip I'd recommend if you have the space for multiple displays is to change one display in each space every week and rotate around the youth department like that. For example, one week you put up a new picture books display, then nonfiction, then YA/teen, etc. Don't forget to raid your CD and DVD collections for a multi-category display.
A great resource for making display is Chase's Calendar of Events, which is a pretty standard reference book, so hopefully your library has it. If they don't, I've also used This Day in History too.
- "New Year, New You" books on common resolutions (yoga, healthy eating, etc.) --this is a good one for the adult department as well
- Valentine's Day picture books and anything to do with love
- In the YA area I do "Not your mama's romances" and cut up broken hearts, etc. You could do an anti-romance one (black construction paper hearts?) or both!
- African-American History Month
- Spring books (including Easter)--check picture books and nonfiction
- Noodle Month
- Craft Month
- St. Patrick's Day
- Women's History Month
- Poetry Month
- April Fools! (History's great hoaxes and practical jokes)
- Women's History Month
- Anniversary of the Titanic Sinking
- Earth Day (suggested by commenter Mrs. Reader Pants--thank you!)
- Mother's Day books (a few dads have thanked me for doing this because they would have forgotten otherwise--one of the many services at your public library is reminding people that these holidays exist!)
- Something related to the summer reading theme (this year it was stories from around the world, for example)
- Father's Day books (with a sign that says "A man that reads is a dad, indeed! Happy Father's Day"--big hit with the moms)
- Road Trip reads (great audio books for the whole family in the car)
- Summer picture books and nonfiction
- Beach Books for the teens
- 4th of July
- Back to School Books
- Potty Training books (kids usually have to be potty-trained to start preschool)
- Fall books--apples, pumpkins, etc. (a lot of preschools and elementary classes will do farm visits around this time of year as a field trip, so anything related to that)
- This year, we have a September 11th display up for the 10 year anniversary. It is pretty simple but powerful.
- Beginning October 1st--Halloween books
- I do a J & YA display called "Scarier than the math test you forgot to study for" also.
- Thanksgiving books beginning November 1st (or if the Halloween books start to look really picked over early)
- Christmas books go out the day after Thanksgiving (what I do is put the Thanksgiving books that are still on the display--if any--on the shelving cart while I am doing my closing duties Wednesday night and then put a note on my desk to put the Christmas books out on my next workday)
- Winter picture books and nonfiction
- Along with the Christmas picture books, I put out books on making gifts, wrapping paper, and all sorts of different activity books for kids who will be bored over the break (drawing, etc.)
- I usually put up a display to go with our puppet show (books on making puppets and/or the folktales the show is based on, or books related to the subject (cooking, etc.) if any)
- Anything we have on New Year's traditions, resolutions, etc.
Printable SignsI am working on updating my signs for the displays and will edit this when finished.
I have a post coming up on display ideas that are great for any time of year, but since this is the beginning of the school year I thought I'd do the seasonal one first!