As Library Lovers’ Day fast approaches it’s time to share the love and reflect on the important role that libraries have played in our lives.
This year’s theme of ‘Show the love’, encourages us to remember the sense of wonder and joy that a trip to the library, and discovery of a good book, evokes. It is a day to celebrate the valuable role that libraries play in our lives and an opportunity to engage with our libraries.
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have put together a list of ideas and provided a variety of free resources, including bookmarks and stickers, to get you can get started on making your Library Lovers’ Day displays!
A fun and engaging library display is a great option when it comes to creating a warm and inviting space for students. Library Lovers’ Day allows for a range of different and exciting ideas for displays. From dinosaurs and magic to fairy-tale castles and space travel, there are endless possibilities for your library displays.
Don’t forget to share your wonderful displays on social media using the hashtag #LibraryLoversDay so others can view, and draw inspiration from, your displays!
You don’t have to wait for Book Week… dress up as your favourite book character for Library Lover’s Day!
After many students missing out on this exciting part of Book Week celebrations in 2021 due to COVID lockdowns, this is a great time to organize a costume parade or competition!
Use the template provided and host a competition for students and teachers to share their favourite love quote from a book or poem and display them in your library!
Perhaps you could ask students (and teachers!) to write the name of their favourite book, or reason they love the library, on the template instead. What a great way to engage the school community in your library!
You can also share these quotes across your social media channels using #LibraryLoversDay.
You don’t have to be in a library to share the love! No matter your circumstance, there are many ways to celebrate Library Lover’s Day away from the library.
Take advantage of the social media resources provided by ALIA to promote the theme of love across your library homepage and social media channels to include families who are in isolation.
Perhaps you could host an online trivia night for families based on favourite books that span generations!
Over the years, library staff have shared the love that they have for their library in response to open-ended questions in Softlink’s annual school library survey.
In 2021 we published a feature document sharing comments from 2014- 2020 that demonstrate the love school library staff have for their library and role. You can find the feature here.
We can’t wait to see all of your wonderful ideas come to life this Library Lover’s Day! Share your celebrations with us in Twitter @SoftlinkEdu with #LibraryLoversDay or email your pictures and stories to us at email@example.com.