Month-by-Month

If you like the programming and classroom activities you have found at Curious City DPW, here’s a guide to use our materials throughout the year!

*Indicates a holiday that moves throughout the year.

January

J. Edgar Hoover’s Birthday (Jan 1):

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective: Story Hour Kit

National Bird Day (Jan 5):

My Busy Green Garden: STEM Story Hour Kit

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective: Story Hour Kit

Sherlock Holmes Birthday (Jan 6):

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective: Story Hour Kit

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month:

A Crack in the Sea: A Guide for Educators & Readers

 

February

National Carrot Day (Feb 3):

Escargot: Story Hour Kit

Chinese New Year* (Feb 8, 2017):

Nian Monster: Event Kit

When the Sea Turned to Silver: Activities

When the Sea Turned to Silver: Reader’s Theater

Starry River of the Sky: Interactive Read Aloud & Game for Events

Starry River of the Sky: Art, Astronomy, Math, History, and Mythology Activities

Lantern Festival* (Feb 11, 2017):

When the Sea Turned to Silver: Activities

When the Sea Turned to Silver: Reader’s Theater

Starry River of the Sky: Interactive Read Aloud & Game for Events

Starry River of the Sky: Art, Astronomy, Math, History, and Mythology Activities

World Whale Day* (Feb 17, 2017):

Here Come the Humpbacks!: Migration Game

If I Were a Kangaroo: A Sleepy STEM Story Hour Kit

National Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb 17):

Step Right Up: Artist Process Video & Kindness Pledge

The Infamous Ratsos: Bikers & Lessons on Kindness

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day (Feb 26):

Good Night, Baddies: Story Hour Kit

International Polar Bear Day (Feb 27):

Cub’s Big World: Story Hour Kit

Black History Month:

28 Days: Audio Performances Promote African American History

Words as Freedom: Poetry Workshop Based on Don Tate’s Poet

A Crack in the Sea: A Guide for Educators & Readers

 

March

World Wildlife Day (March 3):

A Bear’s Year: Read Aloud & Celebration of the Seasons Kit

Wild About Bears: Nonfiction Game & More

Cub’s Big World: Story Hour Kit

Gobble, Gobble: Outdoor or Indoor Nature Exploration Activities

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective: Story Hour Kit

Storytelling Day* (March 20):

The Storyteller: Activities for Educators, Librarians & Readers

Ling & Ting: Story Starters

 

April

April Fool’s Day (Apr 1):

The Infamous Ratsos: Bikers & Lessons on Kindness

World Rat Day (Apr 4):

The Infamous Ratsos: Bikers & Lessons on Kindness

National Walking Day* (Apr 5)

Around the Neighborhood: Preschool Counting Story Hour & Counting Posters

National Sibling Day (Apr 10)

Always Twins: Story Hour Kit

The Infamous Ratsos: Bikers & Lessons on Kindness

Cambodian New Year* (Apr 14, 2017):

Either the Beginning or the End of the World: YA Engagement Resources

Easter* (Apr 16, 2017):

R.W. Alley’s Picture Book Series: Easter Egg Roly-Poly Activity

National Bat Appreciation Day (Apr 17):

If I Were a Kangaroo: A Sleepy STEM Story Hour Kit

National Physics Day (Apr 24):

Evidence of Things Not Seen: Edgy Discussion Questions

Save the Frogs Day (Apr 30):

Too Many Frogs: Cross Generational Event Kit to Save the Frogs

National Poetry Month:

Words as Freedom: Poetry Workshop Based on Don Tate’s Poet

Sexual Assault Awareness Month:

Evidence of Things Not Seen: Edgy Discussion Questions

National Gardening Month:

My Busy Green Garden: STEM Story Hour Kit

National Library Week: Library Scavenger Hunts

Keepers of the Labyrinth: Greek Mythology Trivia Game & Craft Kit

Water Castle: Library Scavenger Hunt

Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle: Event Kit

 

May

International Respect for Chickens Day (May 4):

Extraordinary Warren: Story Hour Kit

If I Were a Kangaroo: A Sleepy STEM Story Hour Kit

National Dinosaur Day (May 15):

Rodzilla: Story Hour Kit

National Classic Movie Day (May 16):

Rodzilla: Story Hour Kit

National Escargot Day (May 24):

Escargot: Story Hour Kit

Jewish American Heritage Month:

Skating with the Statue of Liberty: Discussion Guide

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

A Crack in the Sea: A Guide for Educators & Readers

Double Happiness: Origami Box & Poetry Activity

When the Sea Turned to Silver: Activities

When the Sea Turned to Silver: Reader’s Theater

Starry River of the Sky: Interactive Read Aloud & Game for Events

Starry River of the Sky: Art, Astronomy, Math, History, and Mythology Activities

Nian Monster: Event Kit

Unidentified Suburban Object: Discussing Identity, Difference, & Cross-Group Friendship

Either the Beginning or the End of the World: YA Engagement Resources

Graduation Ceremonies:

Wherever You Go: Graduation Event Kit

 

June

World Ocean Day (June 8):

Vanishing Island: Nautical Adventure Event & Classroom Kit

Here Come the Humpbacks!: Migration Game

Father’s Day* (June 17, 2017):

Rodzilla: Story Hour Kit

Juneteenth (June 19):

28 Days: Audio Performances Promote African American History

Words as Freedom: Poetry Workshop Based on Don Tate’s Poet

A Crack in the Sea: A Guide for Educators & Readers

Piecing Me Together: A YA Discussion Guide About Race, Class, Gender, and Intersectionality

World Refugee Day (June 20):

I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

Something About America

A Crack in the Sea: A Guide for Educators & Readers

Skating with the Statue of Liberty: Discussion Guide

World Giraffe Day (June 21):

If I Were a Kangaroo: A Sleepy STEM Story Hour Kit

Anniversary of Title IX (June 23):

Book Ninjas: Event Kit & Ongoing Prizes for Readers & Librarians

Deadly Flowers: Ninja Game

LGBTQ Pride Month:

Evidence of Things Not Seen: Edgy Discussion Questions

Graduation Ceremonies:

Wherever You Go: Graduation Event Kit

 

July

E.B. White’s Birthday (July 11):

Some Writer: Creating Art with E.B. White’s Words

International Tiger Day (July 29):

Raj the Bookstore Tiger: A Story Hour Kit

Summer Reading & Book Clubs:

Keepers of the Labyrinth: Greek Mythology Trivia Game & Craft Kit

When the Sea Turned to Silver: Activities

Starry River of the Sky: Interactive Read Aloud & Game for Events

Starry River of the Sky: Art, Astronomy, Math, History, and Mythology Activities

Eleven and Holding: Discussion Guide for the Middle Grade

Princess Juniper: Book Club Kit

Evidence of Things Not Seen: Edgy Discussion Questions

Book Ninjas: Event Kit & Ongoing Prizes for Readers & Librarians

Searching for Silverheels: Book Club Kit

Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle: Event Kit

Deadly Flowers: Ninja Game

 

August

National Honey Bee Day (Third Saturday in August):

My Busy Green Garden: STEM Story Hour Kit

National Underwear Day (Aug 5):

Even Monsters: Story Hour Kit

Friendship Day* (Aug 7, 2016):

Unidentified Suburban Object: Discussing Identity, Difference, & Cross-Group Friendship

The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters: Read Aloud Event Kit

My Dog is the Best: A Read Aloud & Canine Craft Kit

Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue: STEM Story Hour Kit

Skating with the Statue of Liberty: Discussion Guide

National Aviation Day (Aug 19):

Rosie Revere, Engineer: STEM Event Kit

National Dog Day (Aug 26):

Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars: Stargazing Activity Sheet

Penny & Jelly: The School Show: Talent Show Kit

My Dog is the Best: A Read Aloud & Canine Craft Kit

Women’s Equality Day (Aug 26):

Searching for Silverheels: Book Club Kit

National Possum Day (Aug 27):

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective: Story Hour Kit

Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (Aug 29):

Another Kind of Hurricane: Connecting with Communities in Need

 

September

Back To School: Library Tours/Scavenger Hunts

Keepers of the Labyrinth: Greek Mythology Trivia Game & Craft Kit

Water Castle: Library Scavenger Hunt

Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle: Event Kit

Grandparents Day* (Sept 10, 2017)

Too Many Frogs: Cross Generational Event Kit to Save the Frogs

What a Beautiful Morning: Story Hour with Alzheimer’s Resources

Welcoming Week* (Sept 15-24, 2017):

I’m New Here: Classroom & Community Guide to Welcoming Immigrants

Something About America

Ancestors’ Day* (Sept 19-21, 2017):

Either the Beginning or the End of the World

International Coffee Day (Sept 29):

Eleven and Holding: Discussion Guide for the Middle Grade

October

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Oct 2):

Be a Changemaker: Workshops

National Coming Out Day (Oct 11):

Evidence of Things Not Seen: Edgy Discussion Questions

Charlotte’s Web Publication Anniversary (Oct 15):

Some Writer: Creating Art with E.B. White’s Words

World Singing Day (Oct 21):

So You Wanna Be a Superstar?: Audition Event Kit for Libraries

National Cat Day (Oct 29):

Lion, Lion: Story Hour Kit

Cat’s Colors: Treasure Hunt & Story Hour Kit

Raj the Bookstore Tiger: A Story Hour Kit

Halloween (Oct 31):

Mitchell on the Moon: Lightning Wand Activity

Trick or Reaters: Haunting Halloween with Literacy

Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle: Event Kit

The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters: Read Aloud Event Kit

Even Monsters: Story Hour Kit

Mothman’s Curse: Middle Grade Monster Selfies

Rodzilla: Story Hour Kit

International OCD Awareness Week:

Finding Perfect: The Unfolding Identity Project

 

November

Adoption Awareness Month:

The Story I’ll Tell: Adoption & Arrival Writing Activity

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month:

What a Beautiful Morning: Story Hour with Alzheimer’s Resources

Eleven and Holding: Discussion Guide for the Middle Grade

Veterans Day (Nov 11):

Eleven and Holding: Discussion Guide for the Middle Grade

World Kindness Day (Nov 13):

Step Right Up: Artist Process Video & Kindness Pledge

The Infamous Ratsos: Bikers & Lessons on Kindness

Thanksgiving* (Nov 23):

Sharing the Bread: Thanksgiving Read Aloud, Food Drive & Place Settings

Gobble, Gobble: Outdoor or Indoor Nature Exploration Activities

Balloons Over Broadway: Puppet Play and Clever Classroom Exploration

December

International Ninja Day (Dec 5):

Book Ninjas: Event Kit & Ongoing Prizes for Readers & Librarians

Deadly Flowers: Ninja Game

Monkey Day (Dec 14):

Quick Little Monkey: STEM Story Hour Kit

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day:

Raj the Bookstore Tiger: A Story Hour Kit