♦ Star Wars Reads Day, October 6th
Lucasfilm and its publishing partners have announced the first national Star Wars Reads Day to be held October 6, 2012. It's a "multi-publisher initiative that celebrates reading and Star Wars. On October 6, events will take place at hundreds of bookstores and libraries across the United States."
Though the sign-up for official events has ended, your library can still participate — "like" the Star Wars Reads Facebook page to get creative event ideas.
My question is... why was this not scheduled for May the 4th?
♦ Teen Read Week, October 14 - 20
This year's theme for Teen Read Week — It Came from the Library: Dare to Read for the Fun of It! — "offers a fun and simple way to show off what's lurking in your library!"
Use these toolkits to get ideas for programs, contests, reading lists, and eye-catching displays:
- activity ideas you can replicate at your library
- planning checklist
- publicity toolkit — letter to the editor template, sample press releases, and logo to spread the word in your community
- Teen Read Week 2012 ideas on Pinterest
Teen Read Week is an national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. ♦ Banned Books Week, September 30 − October 6 Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.
Here are photos to inspire you to create displays:
- Banned Books Week 2010 by Somerset Public Library
- 3rd floor Banned Books Week Display by lincoln_library
- lots more photos in the Banned Books Week 2010 Flickr pool
- more ideas at Banned Books Week's Facebook page
- free clip art to use on your Facebook page and website
- inspiration from events being planned at other libraries
Use these resources to find banned & challenged books on your shelves that you can put on display:
- Banned and Challenged Classics — #1 The Great Gatsby, #2 The Catcher in the Rye, and #3 The Grapes of Wrath
- Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 — includes the Harry Potter series, Of Mice and Men, and The Color Purple
- Frequently challenged books of the 21st century — includes Twilight, The Hunger Games trilogy, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
♦ Library Card Sign-up Month, September 1 - 30
Library Card Sign-up Month is time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all. "Thousands of public and school libraries join together each fall in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card."
Download these free tools to use in your community:
- flyer / poster
- Free customization is available — have your library's own logo added to the PSA. Send a print-quality logo file (hi-res JPG or TIF, or EPS format), your library name and URL, and ALA will generate a custom PSA flyer for you (in PDF format) within 1-2 weeks. Send your logo & info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- public service announcement (PSA) scripts
- audio public service announcements (PSAs)
And here's a Star Wars Day and Library Card Sign-up Month crossover: Moorpark City Library holds card sign-up event, 'Star Wars' style