Want something other than Christmas and Hanukkah to celebrate at your library this December? A little research revealed tons of other options. Some are CRAZY, but they could definitely be a good time. You don't necessarily need a big program. Passive activities and displays will work!
1) National Fritters Day : December 2 : What better way to celebrate a day then with
delicious fried cakes filled with fruit or meat?
* Invite a local bakery or pastry chef to host a program
* Take a poll and find out your community's favorite fried foods
* Make a display of pastry and pie books
* Bring a fritter-y treat for your co-workers
2) Wear Brown Shoes Day : December 4 : Simplest celebration ever...
* See how many patrons you can get to wear brown shoes by advertising before
* Give a piece of candy to everyone who wears brown shoes
* Make a display of books about shoes and fashion, bring your funkiest pair of
shoes to dress it up
3) Bathtub Party Day : December 5 : Sit back, relax, and celebrate!
* Host a program on making bath salts and scented candles
* Make a list of relaxing reads
* Host a contest and give away a gift baskets with bathtub goodies
4) Letter Writing Day : December 7 : Bringing back a lost art
* Contact a local museum or historical society and see if they have any antique
letters you can but on display
* Start a pen-pal program between your school-age kids and local seniors group
* Write letters to Santa
* Teach patrons how to make homemade envelopes
6) National Brownie Day : December 8 : Celebrate chocolatey, chewy brownies
* If you didn't celebrate Fritter Day, bring the pastry chef or baker to the library to
make brownies with your community
* Host a brownie taste testing event
* Host a contest for the best brownies, most unique brownies, or best looking
7) Bill of Rights Day : December 15 : It's like the 4th of July, in December!
* Not your average December book list, but pull out some nonfiction books and
celebrate our individual rights!
* Teach a homeschool class on the Bill of Rights and the American Constitution
* Have patrons make a list of what they think are our individual rights
* Bring in a lecturer to discuss the significance of the Bill of Rights on American
8) National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
* Put chocolate on everthing
* And repeat the above...
9) Humbug Day : December 21 : I could get into this day...
* Show The Christmas Carol (may I suggest the Muppets version)
* Create a wall for patrons to vent their Christmas frustrations
* Offer a "Getting Through the Holidays" class
10) Card Playing Day
* Invite card experts to the library to teach classes
* Host card tournaments
* Build a house of cardes
* Have kids and teens design their own pack of cards
There's so much happening in December, so have some fuN!
(There is also a "National Ding-a-Ling Day" but I'm not quite sure what that entails, and a "National Roast Suckling Pig Day" which is just kind of weird...)