Reusing Displays

Hi Guys,

I am deeming February a month of bringing back old displays!

I put up three new bulletin board / window displays this week that I haven’t used in a few years.

This is why you should save everything!

Enjoy!

Hooked On Books! — Some fish (made out of hearts), some googly eyes and a cute bookworm.

Very hungry for a good book! — I may jazz this up a little more but for now, it’s like the easiest caterpillar ever!

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Library Lovers Month — We accucut hearts and they kind of look like sweet tarts when the kids all post them up there.

Seasons Window Display

Hi Guys,

I finally had time to do a display that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time! We have four beautiful windows, two on each side of the entrance to our children’s room, which are just perfect for a four seasons display. And because the weather has been super wonky lately, I thought it would be the perfect time for it.

For a display with a lot of pieces, this wasn’t actually all the complicated. For each of my seasons I had the same land marks but in the seasonal colors and characteristics.

Winter: We have our snowy scenery, snowman and all.

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Spring: Spring showers, may flowers and a bunny too!

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Summer: Summer is probably my least exciting. Summer sun and flying kite fun!

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Fall: Can you tell fall is my favorite season. Falling leaves, scarecrows and pumpkins… Oh my!

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Again, a lot of little pieces here but pretty simple shapes. This is a display that can definitely be reused, in piece or in whole. And it’s one I am going to leave up for a while!

That’s all for now!

-M-

WANTED: Banned Books!

Hi Guys,

September 23-29 is Banned Books Week! Banned Book Week is:

an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

This year, on top of having a book display, I wanted to create a window display to inform our patrons a little bit about why books are banned. To do this I decided to highlight a few specific books in a sort of “Wanted” theme.

I wanted my display to look like those old fashion, western, “Wanted” boards with “postings” of banned books.

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For each banned poster, I included the title, author and a short sentence telling why the book was banned. I think I picked a good mix of classic banned books and newer titles to show that books are still being banned today.

Here’s two examples:

Then to make sure no one thought we were actually banning these books, I posted little starbursts with a short explanation about banned book week.

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This was a really easy display to put together and one that I think will be informative too. It always seems to shock patrons when they find out why these children’s books were banned.

That’s all for now!

-M-

If you give a kid a book…

Hey Guys!

I was trying to hold out and leave my “Reading ROCKS!” display up until the end of the summer but I got board, so you get a new bulletin board from me.

My inspiration for this one was the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie picture book series. I wanted to come up with something bookish and this what I got:

If you give a kid a book,

He will probably become a reader.

And if he becomes a reader…

Anything is possible!

I tried to copy the series font and sort of style on the bulletin board.  Then I cut out some cute silhouettes of children reading and images of the “If you give a…” picture book covers.

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Overall, I think it came out pretty good!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Summer Read & Learn

It’s that time of year, where schools start wrapping up their classes and close their doors for three glorious months. For the library, our busiest time of the year is about to start!

Today, is the first day of Summer Reading at my library. Our doors will open and we will be flooded with kids and caregivers looking to sign up and get started on all the fun things the library has to offer. Time to gear up and get ready for questions, troubleshooting, and lots and lots of readers advisory!!!

To help spruce up the children’s room, I created a few signs and displays to go along with the “Libraries Rock!” theme.

Window displays, like from my last display post.

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Other window displays that are a bit more interactive.

We plan on letting the kids write their names on paper music notes and adding them to our scales. Hopefully, they will be able to add a sticker to their note as they progress through the program.

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Oh and I can’t forget my bulletin board! A little homage to the other meaning to “rock.”

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I also made a quick sign to show patrons where they can access our computers in order to sign up for summer reading, while they are at the library.

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And finally, I added a little flare to our program flyers. Who doesn’t love a border of gold stars!20180608_165531

Pair all this with awesome book lists, really great incentives and raffles and some awesome summer programming—the library is going to be the place to be this summer!

Let’s keep those brains sharp this summer and continue to read and learn, all while having fun!

What are you doing to get ready for summer reading?

That’s all for now!

-M-