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.
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).
Electronic Cutting Machines in the Library
Cutting and crafting machines are all the rage in crafting circles. But can they be used effective in a library? Library displays, decoration, events, marketing, makerspaces – the library is ripe with perfect opportunities to utilise such a machine.
And so, the topic of the purchasing and using such machines in a library setting have been frequently raised recently. Our library has been very fortunate to have had the use of a personal Cricut machine and has now purchased a new Cricut machine for use in the library (thank you, employer!!!).
So, is it worth it?
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….
What can you do with a robot?
“What is that? What does it do?” Both are questions often asked since the library introduced its first robot, Ozobot Bit. The answer? “This is an Ozobot. As to what it can do, well, that is entirely up to you.” There are many articles, research papers, blog posts, and reviews citing the benefits of introducing technology into library spaces. But it is not until you see for yourself the wonder, excitement, and challenge these robots bring to students’ faces that the promise of what technology can offer really takes shape.
I was fortunate to win an Ozobot at an augmented libraries conference I attended recently. Since introducing Ozobot to the students, a mere two weeks ago, the response has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic.
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
Australia Day Display
Australia Day is celebrated on the 26 January each year. This year, this Australia Day display was used to brighten the entrance way and welcome our students back to school. The idea was to promote Australian authors.
Prolong Your Summer Reading Display
This Summer Reading Display was used to extend our Australia Day Display. I kept the flags but added a 3D sun and new wording.
Our Favourite Books Bookshelf Display
Using a slight Harry Potter theme this interactive display allows students to place some of their favourite titles on our bookshelf. The display also highlighted a Featured Author each week.
The wording was made using Harry P font from dafont. The shelves were made from strips of black cardboard. I printed a range of blank book spines on coloured paper for the students to decorate and title.
I also added a few hanging keys, adding to the Harry Potter feel of the display and because they look so amazing hanging from the ceiling with fishing line. A student made them for me with black and grey cardboard and gold glitter pens.
The Featured Author area was made using a printed picture frame mounted on cardboard. I printed the words born, died, lived in, lives, was also, and wrote, and then laminated the shapes make it easy to change each week.
The displays continues to get more colourful as students add to the bookshelf.