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Bookmark this Calendar! 2016 in Library Observances

It happens to the best of us: you’re going about your business, running programs as usual, when all of a sudden you hear about a library holiday or observance that you didn’t even have on your radar. How could you have missed National Something-Something Day?!? There are so many observance-worthy months and days each year, but it can be hard to keep track of them all, especially with enough lead time to plan something for your library. Never fear! We at the Public Awareness Committee want you to be aware of all the celebrations and commemorative dates coming in 2016. So bookmark this calendar, check out some of the links for information and ideas, and get prepared for your most festive year yet.


International Creativity Month
• Visit the National Gallery’s NGAkids Art Zone at

National Soup Month

Get Organized Month
• Use the Dewey Decimal Spinner ( to review the Dewey Decimal System

January Observances
• January 18 – Martin Luther King Day
• January 24 – Belly Laugh Day
• January 28 – Fun at Work Day


Library Lovers’ Month

Black History Month

American Heart Month

National Bird Feeding Month

February Observances
• February 1-7 – Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week
• February 7 – Give Kids a Smile Day
• February 8 – Chinese New Year
• February 8-12 – Random Acts of Kindness Week
• February 15 – Presidents Day
• February 17 – Digital Learning Day
• February 24 – World Read Aloud Day


American Red Cross Month

Irish-American Heritage Month

National Women’s History Month

Youth Art Month

March Observances
• March 2 – Read Across America Day
• March 9 – No Smoking Day
• March 13 – Daylight Savings Time Begins
• March 16 – Freedom of Information Day
• March 23-29 – Arthritis Awareness Week


D.E.A.R. Drop Everything and Read Month
• A national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Programs have been held nationwide on April 12.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros
• (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. Visit for more information on celebrating this day. The celebration is intended to be year-round, culminating on April 30.

Math Awareness Month

National Humor Month

National Library Week – April 10-16, 2016

National Poetry Month

School Library Month
• Visit for ideas to celebrate and promote school libraries.

April Observances
• April 10-16 – National Library Week
• April 12 – National Library Workers Day
• April 13 – National Bookmobile Day
• April 21 – Poem in Your Pocket Day
• April 23-30 – Money Smart Week


Jewish American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

National Foster Care Month

Children’s Book Week – May 2-8, 2016

May Observances
• May 1-7 – Choose Privacy Week
• May 2-3 – National Library Legislative Day
• May 8 – Mother’s Day
• May 30 – Memorial Day


National GLBT Book Month

Audiobook Month
• Display award-winning and favorite children’s audiobooks.
• Get the list of ALA’s Odyssey award winners at

June Observances
• June 5 – World Environment Day
• June 14 – Flag Day
• June 19 – Father’s Day
• June 19 – Juneteenth


National Parks & Recreation Month

Family Golf Month
• Take a swing at STEM to find out why golf balls have dimples:

July Observances
• July 4 – Independence Day
• July 30 – World Friendship Day


National Inventor’s Month
• Set up a tinkering station to encourage your young inventors:

National Back to School Month

August Observances
• August 7 – National Kids Day
• August 9 – World Indigenous Peoples’ Day
• August 12 – International Youth Day
• August 26 – Women’s Equality Day


Library Card Sign-up Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15)

September Observances
• September 5 – Labor Day
• September 6 – Read a Book Day
• September 11 – National Grandparents Day
• September 15 – International Dot Day
• September 21 – International Day of Peace
• September 25 – Comic Book Day
• September 26-October 1 – Banned Books Week


Computer Learning Month
• Visit PBS Kids “Get Your Web License” at an online game that teaches Internet safety.

Arts and Humanities Month

Go on a Field Trip Month
• Take a panoramic virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History at

October Observances
• October 4 – World Animal Day
• October 16 – World Food Day
• October 22 – Make a Difference Day
• October 29 – Cat Day


Picture Book Month
• Check every morning to read inspiring essays about why picture books are important

National Adoption Month

Aviation History Month
• Visit the National Museum of the US Air Force at

Families Stories Month

Native American Heritage Month
• The Library of Congress created a Pinterest board to share resources from their collection.

November Observances
• November 8 – Election Day
• November 11 – Origami Day
• November 19 – International Games Day


Safe Toys and Gifts Month

December Observances
• December 5 – International Volunteer Day
• December 5-12 – Computer Science Education Week
• December 10 – Human Rights Day

Debbie Bond is a Children’s Librarian at the Norwood Branch Library of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio, and she is writing this post for the Public Awareness Committee. You can reach her at


  1. Sylvia Vardell

    Love this resource!
    And if you’re looking for a poem to share with children for MANY of these observances, along with a matching picture book for story time, check out THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS and
    Sylvia Vardell

  2. Brie

    February 7th: Take Your Child to the Library Day

    A few Star Wars days to add in that I always miss:
    Star Wars Reads Day (in October sometime)
    May the 4th be with you (May 4th)

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