Are you worried that your solstice program may be perceived as being about paganism? Or do you want to focus on the pagan aspects of the solstice and not get bogged down with science? Then the Humanists have the perfect holiday for you and your library: HumanLight! This December 23 celebration focuses on how awesome human beings can be.
There are so many ways that you can take your HumanLight storytime: biographies, heroic true stories, science discoveries, special people from that year or throughout history, community role models, etc. Have the kids share something awesome they did in the previous year and have them think of some awesome things to do in the following year. Accept nominations for a community’s Person of the Year as voted by its children. There are so many exciting ways to explore this holiday!
Of all of the holidays that I’ve been looking into to share here, this one is the most positive, uplifting, and inspiring. There’s nothing scary, judgmental, or negative about it. You don’t lie to or manipulate kids into “good” behavior. It gives you so much freedom to create a special event that everyone can enjoy.
Because of this flexibility, I won’t be listing books in this post – it would quickly get overwhelming. But I put together a few helpful things to give you a few more ideas as well as resources to include this empowering storytime at your library.
Here are the images that I created for this twirling mobile (click on each image for the larger size):
I printed off two copies each of the above images onto ledger paper. I then cut them out and sandwiched cutout pieces of a card stock page to make the pieces more rigid and less likely to rip. I glued each section together, punched holes, and then used string to tie everything together.
In case you’d like to add anything else to your marketing, know that I used this font for the words.
You can use the top image as a coloring sheet or have older children fill the sun and human figures with text about awesome things they’ve done. Or here’s the same coloring sheet without the text filled in with color:
And there you have it: a good foundation for adding HumanLight to your library’s holiday celebrations.