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Program Planning "Day" and "Month" Events

Publicity templates, educational tools, booklists, and program planning ideas are in each link. Some events lend themselves to collaboration with schools and community organizations.

Heritage Months

Smithsonian Heritage Months . February - March - May - September - November

KQED Heritage Months - February - March - May - June - September - October - November

Reading Adtivities for Events and Holidays

Reading is Fundamental - rif.org - Reading Rockets - readingrockets.org

Bay Area Literacy Programs (BALIT) - BAYLIT Webliography - Literacy Works.org -
California Library Literacy Services - LibraryLiteracy.org

California Reading List - ALA YALSA Book Awards and Reading Lists - Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and American Library Association Children's Reading Lists

Rebecca's Pocket
Rebecca Blood has an extensive list of reading list siteares and reviews of good reads which she updates several times in the summer months. The lists include fiction, thrillers, "chick lit," travel, cooking, gardening, history, and politics. Posts include separate sections for book lists for children and young adults.

Movable Holidays and Annual Religious Holidays

Diversity Calendar - Published in late December for the coming year by the University of Kansas Medical Center Diversity Initiative. There is a link to each month of the year at the bottom of the page, and the calendar is searchable.

Movable Holidays
  • Diwali (Deepavali) - 26-30, 2011 - Hindu Festival of Lights
  • Eid al-Adha - November 6, 2011 - Muslim Festival of Sacrifice
  • Thanksgiving Day - November 24, 2011
  • Bodhi Day - December 8, 2011 - Buddhist - Buddha reached Nirvana
  • Hannukkah (Chanukah) - December 2-9, 2011 - Jewish Festival of Lights
  • Posada Procession Days - December 16-24
  • Tu Bishvat - Jewish ''Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot'' - "new year of the trees" - January 19, 2011 at sunset
  • Chinese New Year / Tet - February 3, 2011 - Year of the Cat

Fixed Holidays

  • Halloween - October 31
  • All Souls Day (All Saints Day) - November 1
  • Christmas - December 25
  • Kwanzaa - December 25 - January 1


January Days and Months

Financial Fitness Month - Tools - System Reference Center's Money webliography

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 17, 2011
Graphic novel biography - MLK, Jr. Papers Project, Stanford
- MLKday.gov (Day of Service and more) - Freedom Train 2011 (Caltrain charter from San Jose to San Francisco) is sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley.


Chinese New Year / Tet - February 3, 2011
San Francisco Events - Kaboose Crafts - Graphics & Calligraphy

Valentine's Day - Monday, February 14, 2011


National Nutrition Month - Nutrition.gov - Stanford Health Library-Nutrition - Kids' Science - Cool Food Planet activities - Sample collaboration with agencies and schools

Women’s History Month - History Project - Library of Congress - Places - Gale - Discovering American Women's History Online

Teen Tech Week - March 6-12, 2011 - Teen Tech Wiki - Helene Blowers list

Cesar Chavez Day – 3/31 - Activities: Foundation


National Library Week April 10-16, 2011 - Create your own story @ your library - ALA Fact sheet, campaigns and logos - History - Publicity sites - April 12-Drop Everything and Read Day D.E.A.R - April 12 -Library Workers Day - April 14-Support Teen Lit Day

National Poetry Month - Poets.org - Read-Write-Think Links and Booklist - Scholastics Resources and Templates - Poetry.org

Alcohol Awareness Month - Berkeley Alcohol Awareness Month 2009 (useful inks) - Wirtz Labor Library Links

Jazz Appreciation Month - Smithsonian Jazz - KCSM Jazz 98 Community - San Jose Jazz

National Car Care Month - carcare.org - Drive Healthy for California - Auto maintenance from Car Talk - Matthew Six's Webliography

National Garden Month - American Community Gardening Association - America the Beautiful Fund -

International Children’s Book Day April 2, 2010 - International Children's Digital Library - International Reading Association

Holocaust Remembrance Day(Yom Hashoah) - April 21 - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - Nizkor Project - Survivors and Remembrance Project - United Nations Outreach Programme

Earth Day – April 22 - earthday.net - earthday.gov - California State Parks Volumteer project sites

Global Youth Service Days - April 24-26 - Youth Service America

Dia de Los Ninos/Dia de los Libros - Children's Day/Book Day – April 30 - California Bilingual Children's Literacy Project - REFORMA Resources - ALA Reading Lists and Press Kits - Idaho State Library Links


Asian/Pacific Heritage Month - Library of Congress Links - National and California Parks Sites and Events - LII Links

Get Caught Reading Month - ALA-ALSC Partnerships Links - Children’s Book Week - May 2-8, 2011

National Bike Month - Bay Area Bike to Work Day San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area - May 12, 2011 - Bike2Work Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito Counties - Bike to Work Week - May 16-20, 2011

Health Observances - Clean Air Month - Mental Health Month - Older Americans Month - National Senior Adult Fitness Day – May 25, 2011

Cinco de Mayo - May 5


Flag Day - June 14 - Library of Congress - Flag.org

LGBT Pride Month - San Francisco LGBT Pride - June 25-26, 2011

July and August - Reading!

California Summer Reading Program - Children - Teens - Adults

Bay Area Literacy Programs (BALIT) - BAYLIT Webliography - Literacy Works.org -
California Library Literacy Services - LibraryLiteracy.org

California Reading List - ALA YALSA Book Awards and Reading Lists - Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and American Library Association Childrens Reading Lists

Summer Reading from About.com


Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 - October 15
For an authoritative, easy-to-use list for programming and school reports, see these eleven sites, the result of a search on Librarians Internet Index, using "Hispanic Heritage Month" as a search term in the search box.

Library Card Sign-up Month
Tap into the publicity generated by "Back to School" advertising and the media coverage on the effect of the California budget on education funding to promote your library's databases, webliographies, and catalog.

ALA publicity materials - Read Write Think

National Book Festival - 2011
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the annual festival website has links to featured authors and activities in Washington D.C. as well as to the previous eight festivals.

Young Readers' Toolkit - Also on the festival site, the interactive Toolkit features information about National Book Festival authors who write for children and teens, podcasts of their readings, teaching tools and activities for children and suggestions for your local festival.

Banned Books Week - September 24-October 1, 2011
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The American Library Association page describes the Freedom to Read, campaign and its Calendar of Events and Ideas and Resources.

National Alcohol and Drug Awareness Month - Recover.gov

Deaf Awareness Month & Week – September 21-27, 2009
National Association of the Deaf - Resources page


National Disability Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
- Reading Rockets books and resources
- SparkTop.org - "for 8–12 year olds who struggle with learning."

“Library Accessibility –What You Need to Know” Toolkit
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) new tooklit contains 15 tipsheets in PDF on access issues for patrons who have cognitive, mental, or emotional illnesses; patrons with learning and/or developmental disabilities; patrons with service animals; patrons needing assistive  technologies and patrons with physical disabilities

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Runaway and Homeless Youth Month - California Homeless Youth Project

Teen Read Week - October 16- 22, 2011
- Register your programs. View the wealth of resources good any time of year.


American Indian Heritage Month

American National Diabetes Month

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