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.
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).
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.
Dr Seuss Day Display
Dr Seuss Day is celebrated on the 2nd March each year. While in the USA this day is celebrated as Read Across America Day, the 2nd of March marks Dr Seuss’s birthday. Wherever you are from or which ever event you choose it celebrate, it is the perfect opportunity to promote the wonderful written creations of the very clever Dr Seuss.
Windows, Walls, Doors, Mirrors and Wardrobes Library Display
What’s your favourite escape?
Inspired by the 2017 Book Week theme, Escape To Everywhere, I made our very own library escape portal – Platform 9 3/4.
I printed off a photo of a brick wall multiple times to make the background and repurposed my Platform 9 3/4 sign from my literary signpost.
I have added other well-known escape portals, including Doctor Who’s Tardis and the magical Wardrobe from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, around the outside of the display.
I added a range of book covers and the students and teachers have since suggested some additions. One teacher even suggested that we make a version of this display to hang from the entrance to the reading room for students to walk through. Still working on how I will accomplish that….
Valentine’s Day Display
Valentine’s Day. A wonderful day to promote love, loving books and loving libraries. In Australia, Valentine’s Day is also ALIA’s Library Lovers’ Day, which I think is an awesome idea. In 2017, I themed this Valentine’s Day Display around ALIA’s Library Lovers’ Day promotional materials, which you can find on their website. Continue reading