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Digging Up Snowy Reads for December Displays

Post by Dawn Towery
Posted December 11, 2014 in NextReads

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Get out your mittens and puffy coats! It’s "snow" joke that, for many of us, winter arrives on December 21st. In a recent Book Display Ideas newsletter, we looked past the pumpkins and falling leaves and created some tips for "Snowy Reads" to help you plan ahead (we know you’re busy librarians and need time to arrange things, so we provide ideas several weeks before you’ll need them -- check out more information about our staff-facing Book Display Ideas newsletter). If you haven't taken advantage of those suggestions, it's not too late. And if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere (hello, Aussies and Kiwis!), you can still use this idea by taking a Christmas-in-July approach and calling your display "Snow in December."

Snowy Reads Inspiration

Putting the spotlight on brrr-inducing cover art, we featured adult fiction books with frosty covers, including The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. But based on your community and what you have on your shelves, you can also include nonfiction titles (there’s been a veritable avalanche of great books about Antarctica lately) as well as a selection of juvenile works (there are many wonderful ones that are perfect for this type of display. Think The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, and Owl Moon written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr; these are all Caldecott Medal winners to boot.) To find more books for this display, check NoveList. Simply do a basic search for "snow," "ice," "winter," or the like, and you’ll get many frosty options. Once you click on a book, be sure to look at the "read-alike" section on the right side of the page; it often has other books that will work. Also, ask circulation staff to set aside appropriate titles as they are checked in.

Add Visuals

If you want to add decorative interest to your book display, have patrons bring in homemade paper snowflakes or host a crafting session. If you want a cool result with little effort, use tissue paper or some such to make it look like the books are adrift in snow. This could also be a great opportunity to partner with local non-profits and host a coat drive for those in need.

Get started with your frosty display with this downloadable bookmark featuring Snowy Reads for Adult readers

Other Places to Find Inspiration

We feature Book Display Ideas in a special just-for-librarians newsletter, but you can also look at our other NextReads newsletters; there have been relevant themes in several of them, including Thrillers and Suspense ("The Last" since December is the last month of 2014) and Mind and Body Fitness ("Let’s Get Fit," because New Year's resolutions get made this month).

Happy reading, happy holidays, and happy 2015!

The Book Display Ideas newsletter is a staff-only newsletter, one of 20+ NextReads Newsletters available from local libraries who subscribe to LibraryAware.


Dawn Towery is a NextReads Bibliographer at NoveList.