Need some quick program ideas for next month? Turns out, there’s a lot more to February than just Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl. (February is officially Library Lovers’ Month. It is also (who knew?) “Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month” and National Spay/Neuter Month, for instance.) Anyway, here are a few February milestones to help inspire some new passive displays and special events.
AMERICAN HEART MONTH—The American Heart Association will use this month to get the word out about women and cardiovascular disease. Tie in with a simple display of heart-healthy cookbooks. Or go all-out and invite a local dietician, fitness instructor, or healthcare professional to present.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH—According to the founders of National Black History Month, February 2015 will mark “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” Worth noting, too, is AFRICAN HERITAGE AND HEALTH WEEK which takes place the first week of February. Organized by Oldways, a food and nutrition education nonprofit, African Heritage and Health Week “commemorates the foods, flavors and healthy cooking techniques that were core to the well-being of African ancestors from Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the American South.”
NATIONAL BIRD-FEEDING MONTH—The National Bird-Feeding Society (again, who knew?) has recognized February as National Bird-Feeding Month since 1989. You could use the opportunity to showcase books and maybe even a documentary or two about wild birds in your neck of the woods. Have a local birding expert or birdseed supplier nearby? Invite them to present on bird-feeding 101—what types of food to offer, which kinds of wild birds to expect, and basic feeder maintenance.
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY—Friday, February 13th will mark the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the movie adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling, erotic series. (If you presently have any copies on your shelves, they might not be there for long.)
CHINESE NEW YEAR—This year, February 19th will mark the first day of the Chinese New Year. It’s the year 4713 in the traditional Chinese Lunar Year and the Year of the Sheep. How about a Chinese New Year-themed craft session or children’s storytime?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY—For a fun teen event, why not blow up some balloons, get a birthday cake, and wrap up and distribute several “mystery” books by some of these February greats?. . .
• Langston Hughes—Feb. 1, 1902
• William S. Burroughs—Feb. 5, 1914
• John Grisham—Feb. 8, 1955
• Alice Walker—Feb. 9, 1944
• Frances Moore Lappe—Feb. 10, 1944
• Judy Blume—Feb. 12, 1938
• Carl Bernstein—Feb. 14, 1944
• Susan Brownmiller—Feb. 15, 1935
• Richard Ford—Feb. 16, 1944
• Jonathan Lethem— Feb. 19, 1964
• Amy Tan—Feb. 19, 1952
• Erma Bombeck—Feb. 21, 1927
• Anthony Burgess—Feb. 25, 1917