4 Events Coming Up Soon: Plan Now to Celebrate @ Your Library

ImageSeptember & October are chock-full of events around which you can create book displays and programs:

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:

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:

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Use these resources to find banned & challenged books on your shelves that you can put on display:

You can even upload videos of your library's banned books read-outs or descriptions of a local book challenge to the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel.

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:

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