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Love is in the Air!

Post by Dawn Towery
Posted February 12, 2015 in NextReads

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It’s February, and love, love, love is in the air (okay, and maybe some snow – thanks a lot, Punxsutawney Phil). Sure, Valentine’s Day is over, but really, can you contain love in a single day? Of course not! So we’ve got a display idea to finish out this lovely month, one that we hope you’ll royally adore.

Monarchs and Marriage Inspiration

One of our recent Book Display Ideas newsletters featured a “Monarchs and Marriage” theme, in honor of the 175th wedding anniversary, this month, of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and her beloved Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. We showcased books about a variety of rulers and their spouses, including the anniversary couple (We Two: Victoria and Albert, Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill), as well as ancient couples (Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy), tragic couples (Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina by Virginia Rounding), and a much-married monarch in a class by himself (The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir).

These books are all nonfiction, but if you include novels, you’ll have a wider variety of choices: the lives and loves of royals and the nobility is a popular theme, especially in romance. Not limiting yourself to world leaders would also give you more options. You could call your display “Nobility and Nuptials” or “The Elite in Love” and include books like Sena Jeter Naslund's Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette and Eloisa James' Three Weeks with Lady X. Of course, if you have enough books on Queen Victoria alone, you could focus entirely on her and Albert (a novel choice for that theme would be A.E. Moorat’s Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter).

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Add Visuals

It might be fun to create flyers or bookmarks inspired by wedding invitations (lots of white and a flowing, cursive font; wording could be something like “Your Public Library cordially invites you to choose a book to love” or similar). A lovely bouquet of flowers in the center of the display would add a bit of a “wow” factor (check with a local grocery store or florist for a donation). Another idea is to wrap some books in white paper so that patrons can pick one for a blind book date! To take this further, you could add brief descriptions, written directly on the wrapping. For instance, for Mary Balogh's The Proposal you could say "romance with wounded characters who need healing" and for Conn Iggulden's Stormbird you could write “a marriage causes a war!" Place the books in a pile from biggest to smallest and add a wedding cake topper on top! If you’re all set for February, this book display would work just as well at the height of wedding season – May or June.

Other Places to Find Inspiration

If you’d love a few more ideas, give our other newsletters a look. The Romance newsletter is a sweet place to start (it has a “Better than Chocolate” theme this month!), but don’t overlook some less obvious choices. For instance, the Mind and Body Fitness newsletter features books about heart health, since February is National Heart Month in the U.S., and our three newsletters for younger children (Picture Books, Kids’ Books, and Tween Reads) all have African American themes to celebrate Black History Month.

I hope you have fun with your book displays this month -- like love, the possibilities are endless! Happy reading and happy February to you all!

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.