Monthly Calendar Programming Ideas

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January

  • 1/01 New Year's Day
    Watch an inspiring film like Apollo 13, Life is Beautiful or October Sky and write New Year's resolutions.
  • 1/08 Elvis Presley's Birthday
    Groove with the King! Show Jailhouse Rock or Viva Las Vegas.
  • 1/16 Martin Luther King's Birthday Day Observed
    Honor a great American. Watch some great Black History themed movies that can help you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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  • 1/18 A.A. Milne's Birthday
    Watch Piglet's Big Movie, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie or Pooh's Heffalump Movie and read a corresponding book.
  • 1/27 Lewis Carroll's Birthday
    Enjoy Alice in Wonderland, Disney's wonderful adaptation of Carroll's children's book.
  • 1/30 Lloyd Alexander's Birthday
    Watch The Black Cauldron, based on Alexander's "The Chronicles Of Prydain."
  • 1/30 Franklin D. Roosevelt's Birthday
    Watch Annie and discuss what FDR achieved or watch Hyde Park on Hudson and turn it into a discussion event.

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February

  • Black History Month
    Watch Malcolm X, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Guess Who, Roots and discuss discrimination. Click here for some great Black History themed movies that can help you celebrate all month long.
  • 2/02 Groundhog Day
    Watch Groundhog Day. For children, draw pictures of an early spring or six more weeks of winter.
  • 2/04 Super Bowl
    Show The Waterboy, Little Giants or Rudy and have a party.
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  • 2/06 Babe Ruth’s Birthday
    Watch The Babe, 42, Field of Dreams, The Rookie, The Natural or A League of Their Own and discuss how baseball became the “national pastime.”
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  • 2/07 Charles Dickens’ Birthday
    Watch David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities or Oliver. Click here for more adaptations.
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  • 2/08 Jules Verne’s Birthday
    Show Around the World in 80 Days.
  • 2/14 Valentine’s Day
    Create a romance novel book display and watch Blast from the Past, The Wedding Singer, The Notebook, Ella Enchanted, The Perfect Man, 50 First Dates, Bewitched, The Princess Diaries 2 or Sleepless in Seattle while making valentines.
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  • 2/15 Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday
    Watch movies based around “women’s awareness.”
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  • 2/20 President’s Day
    Watch First Kid, The American President or Dave. Research current and former Presidents.
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  • Oscar® Week
    Host a red carpet event and watch a previous Best Picture such as Gone with the Wind, Driving Miss Daisy, Chicago or Schindler’s List. Or watch a previous Best Foreign Language Film like The Sea Inside. Serve popcorn and drinks and vote on this year’s best movies. Click here for a list of 2014 Oscar® Winning Films! http://email.swankmp.com/colleges/MP8216Winners/lib.html
  • 2/24 Wilhelm Grimm’s Birthday
    Have a "fairy tale festival” and show Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Red Riding Hood, A Cinderella Story, Another Cinderella Story or The Brother's Grimm.

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March

  • Women’s History Month
    Watch Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight, Evita, Veronica Guerin or Erin Brockovitch. Create a bulletin board honoring local and historical women of influence.
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  • March Madness
    Go basketball bonkers with Hoosiers, Space Jam or The Heart of the Game.
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  • 3/02 Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
    Celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel by reading his books and watching Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat or Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • 3/14 Albert Einstein’s Birthday
    Show Young Einstein or movies about inventors, such as Real Genius, My Science Project or the Back to the Future series.
  • 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day
    Watch Darby O’Gill, Leap Year and the Little People, or Far and Away and draw pictures of leprechauns, shamrocks or anything green.

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April

  • 4/01 April Fool’s Day
    Watch Freaky Friday or Anger Management and discuss your best April Fool’s gags. Tie-in with comedy books.
  • 4/01 Anne McCaffrey’s Birthday
    Write creative stories, read books and show science fiction and fantasy movies.
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  • 4/02 Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday
    Show a few of his best fairy tales including The Emperor's New Groove, Thumbelina or The Snow Queen.
  • Holocaust Day
    Remember Holocaust victims and show Shine, Schindler’s List or Hanna’s War.
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  • Easter
    Show Easter Parade or a religious film such as The Passion of the Christ or Jesus Christ Superstar. Or you can take a more fun approach by hosting an Easter egg hunt and showing the movie Hop.
  • 4/22 Earth Day
    Watch Sacred Planet, Brother Bear, Erin Brockovich, Free Willy, Born Free or A Far off Place and discuss how everyone can take better care of our planet. Visit a recycling center, plant trees or learn about conservation.
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  • 4/23 Shakespeare’s Birthday
    Dress up, speak in old English, re-enact his famous plays and watch movies such as Hamlet, Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth, Othello, "O" and Shakespeare in Love.
  • 4/27 Corretta Scott King’s Birthday
    Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and use our movie search by genre to look for “Black History” movies.

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May

  • Asian-Pacific American Month
    Celebrate with movies such as: Heaven and Earth, The Joy Luck Club, Seven Years in Tibet, Snow Falling on Cedars, Memoirs of a Geisha.
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  • Deaf Awareness Week
    Watch The Miracle Worker or show a film with subtitles or closed-captions.
  • 5/05 Cinco de Mayo
    Get out the piñata, enjoy some salsa and celebrate with films like Selena or La Bamba.
  • Mother’s Day
    Watch The Parent Trap (1961 and 1998), The Princess Dairies, Baby Boom, Mamma Mia, The Incredibles, The Blind Side, Little Women, Freaky Friday (1976 and 2003), Stepmom or Swiss Family Robinson while making Mother's Day cards. Or, hold a Family Movie Night in honor of Mom.
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  • 5/16 Biographer’s Day
    Watch The Adventures of Mark Twain, The Miracle Worker, Funny Girl, Music of the Heart, Selena, Bonnie & Clyde or Ali. Encourage patrons to check out corresponding biographies.
  • 5/22 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Birthday
    Read his famous books, have a murder mystery or detective night and show The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.
  • 5/28 Memorial Day
    Watch Midway, Black Hawk Down, The Green Berets, MacArthur or Pearl Harbor and honor those who have fought bravely for our country.
  • Last Day of School
    Host a cartoon drawing seminar with movies based on comic books, such as Spider-Man, Batman Begins, Unbreakable, Pokémon Heroes or Superman Returns.

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June

  • Summer Reading
    Get kids excited about reading with movies that match your theme. Click here for more Summer Reading ideas. http://library.movlic.com/summer
  • 6/12 Anne Frank’s Birthday
    Show Anne Frank and maybe other films related to the Holocaust, such as Life is Beautiful, Schindler’s List and Swing Kids.
  • 6/13 Flag Day
    Celebrate this country by making American flags and watching patriotic movies.
  • 6/17 Father’s Day
    Watch Father of the Bride, Daddy Day Care, The Pursuit of Happyness, Finding Nemo, What a Girl Wants, Sleepless In Seattle, Three Men and a Little Lady or Three Men and a Baby, while making father’s day cards or writing a story about your family.
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  • 6/18 Chris Van Allsburg’s Birthday
    Show movies based on his beloved books, such as Jumanji, The Polar Express or Zathura.
  • Summer Camps
    Show Hoot, National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest, Snow Dogs or any fun movie when it’s raining or too hot to play outside.

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July

  • 7/04 Independence Day
    Watch National Treasure, Born on the Fourth of July, Johnny Tremain, Seventeen Seventy-Six or The Patriot and make American Flags or hold a ceremony to honor veterans.
  • 7/11 E.B. White’s Birthday
    Set up a book display and show Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan.
  • 7/21 Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday
    Show For Whom the Bell Tolls or To Have and Have Not and compare the books and movies.
  • Parent’s Day
    Watch Freaky Friday, Daddy Day Care, Swiss Family Robinson, The Incredibles, Father of the Bride, Raising Helen or Spanglish while making thank you cards for parents. This is a good time to hold a Family Movie Night or a parents’ night out.
  • 7/28 Beatrix Potter’s Birthday
    Read the charming books and watch Peter Rabbit And Tales Of Beatrix Potter.
  • 7/31 J.K. Rowling’s Birthday
    Celebrate the world-renowned author with a Harry Potter party complete with readings, costumes, trivia and all the Harry Potter movies.

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August

  • Summer Vacation
    Take a break from the heat with a fun action movie. Consider The Incredibles, Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean, Flightplan or another favorite.
  • 8/07 Sister’s Day
    Make cards for siblings, sorority sisters or close friends while watching “sister” movies such as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Parent Tra or New York Minute.
  • 8/26 Women’s Equality Day
    On August 26, 1920, the 19th Constitutional Amendment gave women the right to vote. Celebrate with a display about suffragettes and movies such as The Color Purple or Veronica Guerin. Or, use our movie search by genre to find “women’s awareness” movies.
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  • Back to School
    Have a Family Movie Night and show Pleasantville, Back To School, Dead Poet’s Society or With Honors.

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September

  • Hispanic Heritage Month
    Show Selena, In the Time of Butterflies, La Bamba, El Mariachi, Like Water for Chocolate or The Milagro Beanfield War and use the movies as a catalyst for discussion.
  • 9/3 Labor Day
    Show movies that discuss working conditions, such as North Country or Newsies.
  • 9/8 International Literacy Day
    Watch Hoot, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, The Bourne Supremacy or a Harry Potter movie. Encourage patrons to read the books, have an author visit or kick off a literacy program.
  • 9/9 Grandparents’ Day
    Watch Heidi and make cards for grandparents, or have a classic film festival with all-time favorites like Casablanca or Gone with the Wind.
  • 9/13 Roald Dahl’s Birthday
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches or James and the Giant Peach and read the corresponding books.

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October

  • Diversity Awareness Month
    Show I am Sam, American History X, The Blackboard Jungle, Benny and Joon, The Color Purple, Life is Beautiful or The Joy Luck Club to spark discussions about diversity.
  • Teen Read Week
    Show a movie based on a book, such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Fahrenheit 451, Emma, Seabiscuit, The Bourne Supremacy or Mean Girls. Hold a book discussion group with snacks. Click here for more teen week ideas. http://library.movlic.com/teen
  • World Series
    Get everyone excited about baseball by showing For Love of the Game, Cobb, The Babe, Field of Dreams, The Rookie, The Natural or A League of Their Own.
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  • 10/31 Halloween
    Wear costumes, eat candy, read scary books and watch The Mask, The Haunted Mansion, Hocus Pocus, The Mummy, Scooby Doo, Monster House or Van Helsing.

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November

  • American Indian Heritage Month
    Show a movie such as Pocahontas, Dances with Wolves, Windtalkers, Apache, Geronimo: An American Legend or Thunderheart.
  • Aviation History Month
    Watch The Aviator, October Sky, The Rocketeer, Fly Away Home, Air Force One. Have a paper airplane making contest and read about famous aviators.
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  • Election Day
    Have a voter registration drive, remind people to vote and show “presidential” movies such as Lincoln, the Ides of March, W., Primary Colors, All The President’s Men, Dave, JFK or Nixon.
  • 11/11 Veterans’ Day
    Show a war movie such as The Green Berets, Pearl Harbor, Good Morning Vietnam or Black Hawk Down and make cards for Veterans or visit a Veteran’s hospital.
  • 11/13 Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday
    Show Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island or Treasure Planet.
  • 11/18 Mickey Mouse’s Birthday
    Watch Mickey’s Birthday or any Mickey Mouse cartoon and draw pictures of the famous mouse.
  • Thanksgiving
    Watch Pocahontas or Plymouth Adventure and make pilgrim hats.
  • 11/24 Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Birthday
    Watch The Secret Garden.
  • 11/29 Louisa May Alcott’s Birthday
    Watch Little Women and have a book talk.
  • 11/29 C.S. Lewis’ Birthday
    Create a book display, start a book club and show The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • 11/30 Mark Twain’s Birthday
    Celebrate Samuel Clemens by showing The Adventures of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Prince and The Pauper or Tom and Huck.

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December

  • 12/05 Walt Disney's Birthday
    Watch Disney films such as Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin and have children color the Walt Disney® activity sheets available in our Customer Log-in area.
  • 12/10 Emily Dickenson's Birthday
    Read poetry, write poetry and watch a poetic movie, such as Dead Poet’s Society, Poetic Justice, Sylvia or a rap music movie like 8 Mile.
  • 12/16 Jane Austen's Birthday
    Watch Pride And Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park or Sense And Sensibility and have a book talk.
  • Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa
    Watch a holiday film such as Elf, The Santa Clause 2, Babes in Toyland, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Jack Frost, 8 Crazy Nights, or Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Discuss how the ideals of each holiday (such as the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa) are apparent in the film. Enjoy cookies and hot cocoa while making homemade cards or ornaments. Click here for a list of more holiday themed movies. more movies »
  • 12/30 Rudyand Kipling’s Birthday
    Show The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story or The Jungle Book 2.

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