Planning Ahead


November is National Novel Writing Month. Here are some ideas and resources to help you develop related programs in your library.

Sept. 17: Constitution Day

Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the document's signing in 1787. Here are some ideas and resources to help you develop programs in your library.

September: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. These ideas and resources will help jump-start your plans.


In 2000, President Bill Clinton deemed June would be Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. The month was chosen to remember a riot in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan often considered to be the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States. As the National Women’s History Project puts it, “June is now the month of acceptance and the month to welcome diversity in communities regardless of sexual orientation. ... This month is meant to recognize the impact Gay, Lesbian and Transgender individuals have had on the world.”

Planning Ahead: May

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was created in 1992 to pay tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.

Planning Ahead: April

National Poetry Month is a month-long celebration of poetry, with annual events taking place nationwide in April. Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, the goal is to increase the visibility of the poetic form, as well as to increase access to it. The academy’s Web site is ground zero for information about this annual celebration of all things poetry in the month of April.

Planning Ahead: March

The 2010 theme for National Women’s History Month is “Writing Women Back into History.” The National Women’s History Project notes, “[i]t often seems that the history of women is written in invisible ink. Even when recognized in their own times, women are frequently left out of the history books.”

Planning Ahead: February

February is African American History Month, and last year we asked librarians to share their African American History Month ideas. Here’s what some of your colleagues were up to: programs in every genre and discipline featuring African American authors, films, visual artists, quiltmakers, musicians, scholars, and storytellers.

Planning Ahead: January

January is Financial Wellness Month! As the Madison (Wisc.) Public Library notes, “The new year is a good time for people to establish financial balance after credit card bills pour in from the holidays. This is a time to set new goals for financial freedom and moderation in spending.”

Planning Ahead: November

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November.

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