Find Yourself in a Library – Map Display
This year’s ALIA Library and Information Week theme was Find Yourself in a Library. This tied perfectly into our whole year’s themes of Find… (See more information about our library themes in this post).
Amidst a range of fun activities and special events, like the National Simultaneous Storytime, the library highlighted the special week with this display.
Using the LIW poster as inspiration, I used strips of white cardboard to create our own library maze. And yes, there was only one way through the maze, but unfortunately, I didn’t consider the hight of the books on display and how they would hide the finish point.
Letting cut on our libraries Cricut machine, the LIW poster and banner and books about maps, puzzles and mazes completed the display.
Reading World Cup Display
The FIFA World Cup is on everyone’s lips this June 2018. To join in the hype, our library is running a Reading World Cup. This display and voting activity could be tied into World Cup sporting event or literary celebration (Quidditch World Cup, anyone?).
This display was inspired by the creations of The Brown Bag Teacher and her Tournament of Books.
I started by finding our library’s most borrowed titles for the past year, choosing the top 8 from both the junior library and high school collections for our top 16. I printed the covers from these top 16 and created mini voting slips. I cut the lettering for the Reading World Cup title using our library’s Cricut machine, and recycled strips of white cardboard to create the match-ups.
The voting for the first round was open for half a week, followed by half a week each for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and then the grand final. Each time a voting slip was created for the voting, but using tokens and voting boxes would have also worked.
The books on display were selected from the top 16, and when they quickly disappeared, were replaced with soccer-themed titles.
An additional competition was run simultaneously with Reading World Cup voting, allowing students to try and guess which book would be the overall winner. Those who guessed correctly were entered into the draw to win a FIFA World Cup prize pack or a art prize pack (for those less soccer enthusiastic). These prizes were from additional items from magazine subscriptions.
Enchanted Forest Display
Have you ever stepped into an enchanted forest? So many books give readers that opportunity, and that’s the feeling we wanted to recreate in our junior reading room.
Using Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood, Kathrine Applegate’s Wishtree, and every other literary forest imaginable, we created our very own Enchanted Forest.
The entrance boasts a literary signpost, using some recycled signs from this post here, and a collection of new forest-linked literary destinations.
Graphic Novels Display
Graphic novels are eternally popular at our library. This simple display was created to celebrate the range of graphic novels available and hopefully entice some new readers to try these engaging texts. It also made an excellent ‘filler’ display for a week when we weren’t celebrating any particular special day or event.
The background for the lettering was created by photocopying a few pages from a variety of popular graphic novel titles. I then cut them into triangles, varying the length and width. I stuck the bases of the triangles to a large sheet of white paper. The white lettering is the font Agency FB which I cut using the library’s Cricut machine, and stuck to orange cardboard, which I layered over the top of the sheet holding all the triangles in place.
At first, I was going to add an orange border to the display board, but in the end (and due to lack of time) I left it plain.
This display has been one of our biggest turn-over displays, as I frequently have to replace the books on display. The students also love trying to spot their favourite characters or panels in the slices of artwork.
National Reconciliation Week Display
National Reconciliation Week is an important week in the Australia calendar. Unfortunately, our school’s holidays often overlap with NAIDOC Week, another important day of celebration and reflection, and so our library often joins the two to highlight the importance and significance of Australia’s first peoples.
Using the black background of our display board and a large sheet of red display paper purchased from Zart Art, created the backdrop of the Indigenous Flag. Yellow hand prints formed the yellow circle in the centre, symbolic of the sun.
The lettering was found on Instant Display, and the two posters can be found on the NAIDOC and Reconciliation websites respectively.
Every year we pause to remember the sacrifice of the ANZACs. Brave men and women who served so that we might live in freedom. Each year, the library marks this day with a special display.
This year, out display used hanging tissue paper poppies from previous displays. See this post for instructions on how to make them.
Using our library Cricut machine (for a rundown on this machine and its uses, check out this post), I cut a vast number of red paper poppies and black stamen, and a solider silhouette. I created templates for these from a simple flower image. Additional poppies were used to adorn the circulation desk.
International Women’s Day Display
International Women’s Day is such an important celebration and day for raising awareness of the continued inequality between sexes. Our library created this Celebrate Women display to mark the occasion. Continue reading
Interactive Display – Mr Potato Head and World’s Greatest Shave
Each March, our school participates in the World’s Greatest Shave to raise funds to fight cancer. It has become a school-wide celebration, with free-dress day, crazy hair day, sausage sizzles, bake stands, and of course the hair shaving. To promote these events and become more involved, the library posted this Mr Potato Head display in the week leading up to Shave Day. It has been one of our most popular displays to date (just shy of the Blind Date With a Book display).
Book Week 2018 – Display Ideas
The theme for Book Week 2018 is Find Your Treasure.
The theme offers plenty of inspiration for displays: literary treasures, pirates, Treasure Island, under the sea and treasure hunts.
The official artwork for Book Week 2018 has been released. Created by the talented Anna Walker, these gorgeous images are the perfect inspiration for a display. As well as free email signatures and social media banners, a range of merchandise is available to purchase.
The beautiful setting of children and animals high up in the treetops is stunning. Our library plans to recreate this scene by turning the library circulation desk into a giant tree. Check out this post for more details.
Under the Sea Display
Looking for sunken treasure? Well, under the sea you go. I have always wanted to hang waves of blue fabric from the ceiling of the library, and this seems like the perfect opportunity. Coral made from pool noodles, seaweed made from plastic table cloths, and a range of sea creatures made by the students in the makerspace. And every library needs their own mermaid. Check out this under the sea party decor from Press Print Party.
Term Library Themes and Displays
I have found that sometimes it can be hard to choose the right display for our library. There are many influences and ideas
that I draw upon: regular calendar events, special days, world-wide events, book anniversaries or author birthdays, even school-based events. I first heard about the idea of term themes in discussions on group list emails and then read about the execution of termly library themes in a SCIS Connections
article, Termly themes: A year in the school library.
I decided to have a go at it myself. I would need four themes for the four school terms, and they should all integrate, working together to help promote our library and its services. I knew we would be celebrating the CBCA Book Week in the third school term, so I started with that year’s theme, Escape to Everywhere. I then built upon that, testing out other “Escape to….” themes, before settling upon four “e” letter words.