Use the ideas in this guide to help children develop social-emotional skills, such as collaboration, listening, kindness, and reflection.
Share the January early literacy calendar to help young learners start the new year right! Inspire parents and children to chase curiosity and create fun with songs, games, and more.
Make learning even more fun with the early literacy activities on the November calendar! Parents and children will celebrate gratitude and togetherness with songs, games, and more.
Get an October calendar full of engaging children’s programming ideas for activities, craft projects, and books suggestions that will make kids’ mouths water and boost their cultural awareness.
Fall into reading with the early literacy activities on the September calendar. Parents and children can have fun celebrating Teddy Bear Day, playing restaurant, and going on nature walks together!
Parents and youngsters can beat boredom during the lazy days of summer with fun math, science, and early literacy activities. Celebrate special events like Independence Day, Anti-Boredom Month, and everybody’s favorite — National Ice Cream Month!
Help parents kick off summer with early literacy activities they can do at home with their little ones. The June calendar is filled with creative craft ideas, math and science activities, book suggestions, and more.
Yay for May! Help parents keep their little ones busy and learning with a calendar full of early literacy activities. Find ideas for crafts, math and science projects, books, celebrations like National Smile Day, and much more!
Help kids fall in love with reading this February with a month of children’s programming, including fun activities, crafts, books, and celebrations to spread the love all month long!
Give parents an early holiday present in December with a month full of early literacy activities ideas for crafts, math and science projects, books, fun celebrations, and much more.
There’s so much to be thankful for in your library this November! Spread the joy with a month of creative children’s programming, including activities, craft projects, book ideas, and fun celebrations, like World Kindness Day.
Give parents another reason to be thankful in November with a month full of early literacy activities for crafts, math and science projects, books, fun celebrations, and much more.
Give teens lots of reasons to be thankful for the library this month! The November calendar features creative teen programming ideas for STEAM projects, notable birthdays, books, and celebrations, like National Novel Writing Month and National American Indian Heritage Month.
Kick off a spooktacular October in your library with this children’s programming calendar! Matthew Winner offers engaging activities, craft projects, book suggestions, and more to celebrate not only Halloween, but also National Cookie Month and much more!
Find Spooktacular early literacy activities in this October calendar. Get craft ideas, math and science activities, book suggestions, and more to celebrate not only Halloween, but also fun days like National Pumpkin Day and much more.
Take the guesswork out of implementing flexible seating in your classroom or library with the tips and advice in this free e-book.
The October calendar features a variety of creative teen library program ideas, including craft projects, suggestions for book discussions, and fun celebrations, like National Popcorn Poppin’ Month and World Animal Day.
Help parents build early literacy skills at home in September! You’ll find craft activities, math and science projects, books celebrations, and fun celebrations, like Teddy Bear Day and National Play-Doh Day.
Give parents fun ways to transition their little ones into fall with an August calendar full of early literacy activities. Get ideas for crafts, math and science activities, books, and fun celebrations, like Friendship Day and Coloring Book Day.
Fall is just around the corner, but summer fun is still in full swing at your library! The August adult programming calendar is full of ideas for displays, books, interesting dates in history, and celebrations, like Dog Day and Relaxation Day.
Summer may be winding down, but the fun at your library doesn’t have to! Get teens engaged with an August calendar full of craft projects, book discussion ideas, and fun celebrations, like Book Lover’s Day and Bad Poetry Day.
Keep summer boredom at bay in your library with the July children’s activity calendar! Find exciting activities, book suggestions, craft projects, and fun celebrations, like National Anti-Boredom Month and Video Game Day.
Help parents keep their little ones entertained this summer with a month full of early literacy activities in July. Get ideas for crafts, math and science activities, books, songs, and fun celebrations, like National Ice Cream Day and National Moon Day.
Learn more about the challenges, logistics, and benefits of genrefication from school librarians who are putting it into practice.
What better way for adult patrons to spend the dog days of summer than cooling off at your library? The July adult programming calendar is full of fun ideas for displays, books, interesting dates in history, and more.
Get kids in the spirit of summer in your library with the June children’s activity calendar! Find exciting activities, book suggestions, craft projects, and fun celebrations, like Best Friends Day and Sunglasses Day.
Keep little ones happy this summer with a month full of early literacy activities in June. Get ideas for crafts, STEM activities, books, songs, and fun celebrations, like Best Friends Day and Repeat Day.
Inspire your adult patrons to spend quality time at the library this summer! Get display suggestions, interesting dates in history, and creative ideas to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, Global Running Day, and more!
Summer has arrived, and what better place for teens to spend those long summer days than at the library? The June calendar is filled with fun crafts, cool displays, and exciting celebrations, like LGBT Pride Month and Best Friends Day.
The school year is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops in your library! The May children’s activity calendar offers exciting activities, book suggestions, craft projects, and fun celebrations, like Lost Sock Memorial Day and Love a Tree Day.
Make parents happy with a month full of early literacy activities to do at home this May. Get ideas for crafts, STEM activities, books, songs, and fun celebrations, like May Day and National Space Day.
Spring is in full swing in your library with a May calendar full of teen programming ideas, like crafting paper flower bouquets, as well as fun celebrations, like Cartoonist Day; interesting dates in history; and more!
It’s not an April Fools’ joke – the April children’s activity calendar offers a month full of exciting programming. Find fun celebrations, like National Poetry Month; book suggestions; crafts; and more!
Give parents fun ways to build literacy skills at home this April with a month full of early literacy activities they can do with their little ones. Find fun celebrations, like Animal Crackers Day; craft ideas; book suggestions; and more!
Let the creativity flow in your library this March with a children’s activity calendar full of activities, book suggestions, crafts, fun celebrations like Youth Art Month, and much more!
Welcome spring with a March calendar full of early literacy activities parents can do at home with their little ones. Find craft ideas, math and science activities, book suggestions, songs, and much more!
Spread the love in February with a month full of early literacy activities parents can do at home with their little ones. Find craft ideas, math and science activities, book suggestions, songs, and much more!
Help parents get the new year off to a fun start with early literacy activities they can do at home with their little ones. In the January calendar, you’ll find unique days to celebrate, like National Sticker Day, as well as craft ideas, book suggestions, and much more!
This holiday season, give parents the gift of early literacy activities they can do at home with their little ones. The December calendar includes celebrations, craft ideas, math and science activities, book suggestions, songs and much more!
Our November Early Literacy Activity Calendar is overflowing with simple activities parents can do with their kids to celebrate Thanksgiving, autumn and much more!
This November, show your patrons you are thankful for them with creative adult programming ideas to celebrate National Novel Writing Month, Parents as Teachers Day, important dates in history and much more.
Help teens show their gratitude for others with creative programming ideas and book suggestions that celebrate Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday, Homeless Youth Awareness Month, National Adoption Month and more.
This October, scare up some tasty fun in your library with this children’s activity calendar from Matthew Winner. Get ideas for delicious celebrations like National Pizza Month and National Cookie Month, including book suggestions, craft projects, and more!
Give parents a treat this October with early literacy activities they can do at home with their little ones. Celebrate fun days like Homemade Cookies Day and Color Day with crafts, math and science activities, books, songs and more!
Trisha Frankland offers a myriad of programs and activities to bring teens together and celebrate inclusiveness this October: not only is it National Bullying Prevention Month, it’s also Unity Day and Stop Bullying Day.
The September calendar features fun children’s activity and book ideas to kick the school year off right in your library. Celebrate International Literacy Month, Library Card Sign-up Month and more!
Give parents easy early literacy activities that they can do at home with their little ones this autumn. Get fun ideas for crafts, math and science activities, books, songs and more!
It’s time to unveil autumn programming at your library. Laura Damon-Moore offers ideas and activities for celebrating fun festivities such as Good Neighbor Day, National Grandparents Day, and, of course, National Read a Book Day.
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month — what better time to draw teens into your library? Laura Damon-Moore shares craft projects, game ideas, book suggestions and more to entice teens to visit the library again and again!
Not only is August Back to School Month, it’s also Family Fun Month and National Sandwich Month. And days like Friendship Day and National Book Lovers Day offer even more opportunities for fun library activities for kids!
Summer may be winding down, but you can still help parents and caregivers keep kids entertained this August with simple and fun early literacy activities that celebrate Friendship Day, National S’mores Day, National Dog Day and more!
Summer will be winding down in August, and it’s the perfect time to plan library programs for adults that celebrate National Simplify Your Life Week, National Book Lovers Day and National Relaxation Day. So grab a good book, put your feet up and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Matthew Winner shares book suggestions and children’s activity ideas for a deliciously fun July at your library! Not only is it National Ice Cream Month, but it’s also National Hot Dog Month, National Blueberry Month, and National Picnic Month. Is your stomach growling yet?
Give parents simple early literacy activities they can use to keep their kids learning this summer. The July calendar offers craft ideas, math and science activities, book suggestions, songs and fun celebration ideas for National Ice Cream Day, National Dance Day and more!
Get ready for some tasty treats — National Ice Cream Month, National Picnic Month and National Sugar Cookie Day all take place in the month of July! Check out this library activities calendar from Laura Damon-Moore for more sweet adult programming ideas.
July is National Anti-Boredom Month — keep teens engaged with a calendar full of creative activities from Laura Damon-Moore. Get ideas for craft projects, games, book suggestions and much more!
Ready to have a great summer at your library? The June calendar is full of fun activities for kids and book ideas for summery celebrations like Great Outdoors Month, Great American Picnic Day and more!
Help parents build early literacy skills at home this summer! You’ll find ideas like celebrating Best Friends Day along with craft activities, math and science projects, books and more!
It’s May – time to celebrate Get Caught Reading Month! Kids and teachers are dreaming of summer, and it’s the perfect time to boost recreational reading habits. In this month’s post, Matthew Winner offers fun ways to promote good reading habits in your school and community.
Give parents fun and easy ways to build early literacy skills at home. The May calendar is filled with crafts, math and science activities, book suggestions, songs and more!
With the release of the new Disney movie, it’s the perfect time to encourage students to read A Wrinkle in Time and engage them with these thought-provoking activities!
Library Journal Mover and Shaker Emily Ellis shares library programs for adults that will promote health and happiness in your library and celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, National Salad Month and more!
We dare you to try to keep a straight face this April — it’s National Humor Month! Get ready to laugh it up at your library with a full calendar of engaging spring activities for kids.
Share the inspirational stories and amazing accomplishments of notable women this March — and all year round!
Make parents and little ones smile with lots of early literacy activities they can do together at home to celebrate April Fools’ Day, National Pet Day, National Superhero Day and more!
Encourage your patrons to forget their troubles and grab a good book — Library Journal Mover and Shaker Emily Ellis shares engaging programming ideas for Drop Everything and Read Month, National Stress Awareness Day and more.
This collection of valuable resources will help you and your students celebrate African American heritage not just during Black History Month, but all year long.
According to teacher-librarian Angela Rosheim, “Just having students make will not automatically create deep learning — you need to have sound pedagogy to go along with it.” In this blog Angela shares how she integrates making into her curriculum, along with a fun lesson plan that combines research with design thinking.
Help students show their appreciation to the important people in their lives with these simple gratitude activities for Thank You Month.
Adding a STEAM component to a literacy assignment can encourage students to think more deeply about what they are reading and writing. Library Journal’s Maker Hero School Librarian of the Year Alisha Wilson shares three ways you can collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate robotics, circuitry and coding into English class.
In the wake of this year’s devastating hurricane season, books about Hurricane Katrina carry timely messages. These lesson plans will help children understand the impacts of such disasters while also teaching skills such as problem solving and researching.
Expand students’ understanding with these Universal Human Rights Month resources and tips for building community and connections in your classroom.
Help parents bring winter cheer into their homes with a month of early literacy activities, crafts and books they can share with their little ones in December.
Challenge kids to get creative and unleash their inner novelists by taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November!
Global literacy heroes are working tirelessly to ensure books reach impoverished and remote areas around the globe. Award-winning librarian and SLJ Mover and Shaker Krista Welz shares ideas for introducing kids to these literacy heroes and inspiring learning opportunities through their stories.
Are you on the hunt for new ways to serve your community’s diverse population? Learn how Adult Services Manager Trinity Lescallett finds books and activities to engage adults with disabilities in her library, and gain resources for your own programs.
The start of the school year brings new energy and fresh ideas! Get your teens excited to help you promote Library Card Sign-up Month with #selfies, celebrate being weird on Wonderful Weirdos Day, and spread some sunshine on Positive Thinking Day. New book releases and STEM fun will help start the year off right!
Too Small to Fail’s campaign “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” provides you with early literacy resources to help you further your goals of empowering parents and enriching the lives of young children.
Show students how fascinating following their interests can be with these engrossing nonfiction activities that teach how-to and how-do!
Celebrate Women’s History Month in March by highlighting the struggles and accomplishments of women throughout history. Use this book list to break stereotypes and inspire and motivate students to follow their dreams.
Read how the Gail Borden Public Library won the 2016 Upstart Library Innovation Award for taking traditional library summer reading programs in an exciting new direction.
Matthew Winner of All the Wonders is here to help you get ready to ring in the new year at your library with January activities and books that are sure to put big smiles on kids’ faces!
Learn how to evaluate your collection for diversity! Get diverse books and multicultural author suggestions, plus activities to help create a culture of inclusivity.
Have you ever wondered what to tell parents and caregivers when they ask “Is it ok to share digital picture books with my child?” Early childhood expert Elizabeth Stilwell helps answer this question and shares advice and resources for librarians and caregivers.
Are you entertaining thoughts of ditching Dewey and exploring subject-based classification in your library? Nationally Board Certified Librarian and Mover and Shaker Tiffany Whitehead gives you tips and tricks to help you start genrefying your library.
Learn how Skype can help create authentic, real-world learning experiences in the library. Plus, discover new ways to reach out for World Read Aloud Day!
Engaging a reluctant reader can be a challenge, but Mo Willems is here to help! Supplement his engaging books with these Elephant and Piggie activities.
Reading aloud every day can have a big impact on a child’s future success. Join Read Aloud 15 MINUTES and share this literacy program with your community.
Hand this September calendar full of early literacy activities to parents and you’re giving them a valuable tool for sharing learning with their kids every day.
Quicksand, black holes and tsunamis — oh my! Combine attention-grabbing topics with engaging STEM activities and books, and draw in even the most reluctant readers.
Support young patrons’ literacy development and confidence through artistic expression with The Picture Show — an easy program for any library or classroom to implement.
Kendra Jones and Cory Eckert, creators of Storytime Underground, share multicultural activities, books, songs, rhymes and resources for creating diverse storytimes.
Back to School Month, Family Fun Month and more — use these August activities to help kids soak up the last days of summer and get excited for back-to-school fun!
Four County Career Center has found the perfect tool for supporting teen parents in teaching early literacy skills — The Very Ready Reading Program.
By collaborating with Reach Out and Read clinics to improve early literacy from birth, your library can have a greater impact on the lives of the children in your community.
Join the many delightful Mo Willems characters for activities like a cookie toss with The Pigeon, a dance party with Elephant and Piggie, a shape hunt with Knuffle Bunny and much more!
Change is afoot in the world of library programming and services for adults. A recurring theme of limited resources and the need for ideas emerged from our conversations, with many seeking help and guidance, information and resources. This prompted us to take action.
Social and emotional skills play an important role in a child’s academic success. As an educator, you can use the friendship stories children gravitate towards to help them make connections, gain confidence and engage in learning.
Holidays and special events are all good when Pete the Cat is part of the festivities! This groovy guide is filled with games, crafts, writing activities, and more fun ideas to keep kids “feline” fine all through the year.
Go full STEAM ahead at your library! Download this free activity guide for a plethora of hands-on projects that encourage students to think outside the box and use their imaginations to create!
Solve the mystery about credible sources! Use the fresh ideas in this FREE Upstart activity guide to help students better evaluate sources and put them hot on the trail of A+ sources!
Help students become good digital citizens. Download a free activity guide from Upstart that includes interactive activities, online video references, and games.
“Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers was right — incorporating STEAM into preschool storytimes sets a strong foundation for future learning.
Even the most reluctant readers can be engaged through programming that brings reading to life. In this webinar, you’ll learn new ways to help kids in your community discover their deepest interests and a passion for reading.
You’re in the fall swing of things and now is a great time to showcase your library’s many colors and programs. Get ideas for September activities, holidays and observances.
From fun displays to multimedia and guest speakers at your school, this list of reading strategies will help you win over kids and foster a love of reading.
May is the perfect time to flex your reading muscles and reach even more readers with great new ideas, displays and resources! Catch up on all the holidays happening in May 2015.
With countless classic tales and tens of thousands of new children’s books published each year, selecting books for storytime can seem overwhelming. We’ve got just the fix. Gain helpful hints for choosing read-aloud books for your next storytime.
Spring is in the air! Get crowd-pleasing and library-friendly ideas for April Fools’ Day, National Library Week and more. You may even learn about holidays and observances you didn’t know existed!
February is known for Valentine’s Day, but there’s so much more to do this month! Get great ideas for your library programming, such as celebrating Library Lovers Month, Black History Month and more.
Looking for a way to incorporate speaking and listening standards into projects? Look no further! See LibrarySparks’ tips for holding a student debate that draws on students’ reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills.
Picture books capture children’s attention while building essential literacy skills. Get started with book recommendations, resources and a library lesson plan from LibrarySparks.
Fall into some great ideas for kids, teens and adults alike with our November activity calendar! You’ll benefit from new angles to engage readers and your community with your library.
This activity guide is the cat’s meow! Celebrate Pete and all kinds of cats as you motivate readers. Read in the Kitty Corner, play games with buttons and shoes, and have everyone draw their own cat!
This activity guide has everything you need for a Seuss-sational program to get kids exploring the wonderful world of books! Practice creative rhyming, have a family literacy night, and play in some oobleck!
Bow WOW! There are so many doggone fun activities packed in this reading activity guide! Make an origami dog, have a barking contest, eat some puppy chow, and fetch a good book to read in the dog house!
Educators have students take a second look and even a third look at texts. This deeper study of text is called close reading, and it’s helping prepare students to meet the text analysis requirements of the Common Core State Standards. But, how can you help students get the most out of close reading? Read this post to learn more about effective close reading strategies.
Start a conversation about bullying while teaching students crucial literacy skills. Get 10 children’s book recommendations and a free library lesson plan to introduce young readers to the concept of bullying.
Mmmm mmmm. Knowledge is sweet. Try a bakery-themed reading corner in your library, mixing up fun with “dough,” toy mixer and some cookies (real or faux, you decide). So many ideas in this indulgent activity guide!
Oh, the places a child can go when they visit the library. How will you make National Take Your Child to the Library Day better than ever? Get some fresh ideas on how to set the scene and rock this holiday.
Hup 1 * 2 * 3. Learn the secrets to creating a reading regimen for kids that helps them be all they can be. Gain ideas on how to transform your library into a reading base camp or how to bring an obstacle course to life.
What’s a genre? Kind of hard to describe, huh? That’s why the 7 genre dudes are here. They’re quite the characters and in no time kids will understand the differences between each of the genres and which ones they want to get to know better.
Martial arts in the library!? Definitely! Instill skill, discipline, fitness, confidence, and positive mindset in your young warriors. Get ideas for dynamic displays and more. For example, find out how to create a map showing the many places in the world that have martial arts traditions. Learning good, karate good, everything good.