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Spring into Ecofiction with a Great Display!

Post by Dawn Towery
Posted April 16, 2015 in NextReads

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Bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and April is here! This is a great month to celebrate the Earth and all of the green and lovely things that nature offers -- not only are Earth Day and (U.S.) National Arbor Day in April (respectively on the 22nd and 24th this year), but for those of us in the Western Hemisphere, we’re finally enjoying flowers, vibrant new tree leaves, and plentiful sunshine (and, yes, dealing with pollen and allergies, too -- achoo!).


You'll love this downloadable bookmark!

In honor of all of the aforementioned April festivities, a recent Book Display Ideas newsletter included an Ecofiction theme. We selected a few books that address ecological and environmental issues, including ones that use humor, such as Edward Abbey’s classic The Monkey Wrench Gang and Carl Hiaasen’s Tourist Season, and ones that are more serious in tone, such as T.C Boyle’s When the Killing’s Done and Mary Alice Monroe’s Sweetgrass.

We chose novels for this newsletter theme, but there are certainly other options, including the many nonfiction books about ecology and the environment, like Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert, Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac, Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe. Oldies but goodies you’ll definitely want to include are Walden by Henry David Thoreau and Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. You can also add books about forests, gardening, and green cleaning, among other topics, to round out your display.

Add Visuals

Bring the outdoors in! Since nature is putting on her own display right now, use some of her gorgeous adornments by adding some forsythia or redbud branches in a sturdy vase to liven up your display. If you have access to pots of spring flowers, include those (perhaps a local garden center or grocery will donate a plant or two). If you’d prefer to do printouts, go for bold, colorful ones that reflect what you see outside. Another way to get lovely decorations is to have an area with paper and simple instructions to create origami flowers -- people can take their floral handiwork with them or add them to the display. If your library subscribes to LibraryAware, you can find Spring-themed pieces like the bookmark to the right, as well as plenty of other signage for your floral displays.

One more thing: make a few signs reminding your readers that using library books saves resources and is environmentally friendly! They can gogreen@yourlibrary!

Other Places to Find Inspiration

If you’d love a few more ideas for the coming weeks, give our other newsletters a look.  Our April Nature and Science newsletter includes a section on water and water resources, and our April Romance newsletter has a “Love-ly Weather” theme featuring love stories where the weather plays a role (April showers and all that!). But if all you really want to do is think about sports and spring training, check out our April Tween Reads for books about baseball season (batter up!).

Happy April, happy greening, and happy reading!

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.