Sunday, April 13, 2014

New books are blooming

By Martha Hickson

Martha has created this blooming marvelous display for Spring - read all about it below:

'Spring has finally arrived here in New Jersey, and we've used the change
of seasons to introduce some color into the library while featuring new
books. We made an assortment of multicolored tissue-paper flowers and put
them into colorful paper-cup "pots." We scattered the pots among a display
of new books, each sporting a bookmark that features a vintage seed
packet. (I looked for the most colorful book covers I could find among the
new arrivals, which is a bit difficult considering all the dark, dystopian
covers on YA books these days.) The signs for the display show a large
photo of a flower and the message "New books are blooming!" Quick, easy,

Thanks for sharing Martha - I love the seed packets! E.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Photographic Competition

By Barbara Plumb

The library at Trinity Catholic College, Lismore, are running another photo competition. This year the theme is 'Focus on action'. Thanks for sharing this idea Barbara, I like the way that you are actively encouraging the arts in the library and the way it will naturally involve the engagement of a different set of students. At the moment I am gathering information about libraries as 'maker-spaces' and this competition would fit into that idea well.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Poetry Month (America)

By Inga Cain

Thanks to Inga for  sharing this display for Poetry Month - a great idea to inspire and encourage her students to try their hand at writing poetry. Here are her comments:
'All of my students will be writing poetry this month. Their biggest question is always, “What do I write about?” I tell them, “Anything!” So I created this display with odds and ends to get them thinking and included a poem I wrote'.

Monday, March 31, 2014


By Jo England

This dramatic display has been shared by Jo from Riverview School in Kerikeri (NZ).

Jo has included questions in her display like 'How do you feel about war?' 'Why do we wear a red poppy?' 'Who went to war?' To get the children to go home and ask questions and to think how it makes them feel.

Great idea Jo, thanks for sharing. Elaine

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


By Denise Borck

Denise has shared her recent display as part of School Library Month. I love the idea of a quiz for students to determine their faction! Thanks Denise.

Here are her comments:
'April is National School Library Month and all month long we will have promotions to celebrate. With the movie release of Divergent based on the YA book by Veronica Roth, it seemed to be the perfect way to kick off the month’s activities. We started activities with a Divergent bulletin board which has a quiz for students to determine their faction'.
Further details can be found on Denise's Blog: Life in the Library

Try the Quiz for yourself: Divergent Faction Quiz 

Get carried away with reading

You can have your own set of wings

By Fran Karmann

Fran is celebrating spring with lovely bright themed displays all over her library! 
Your library must be a lovely place to be Fran!

Here are her comments:
'Well it is spring and time to get carried away with reading!!! We had all our TA's create a kite along with the library staff. Loads of fun and now we have all the books on flight, or things that lift us!!! 
Keep up the blog it is great for ideas!'

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Black & White and Read all over

By Elaine Pearson

Here's a five minute fun display for those of you who are feeling a bit under pressure!

Do you remember the old joke?
Q - What's black and white and red all over?
A - A newspaper

Read the Book - See the Movie

By Michelle Reid

As students wait expectantly for the release of 'Divergent' this display is very pertinent. 
Thanks for sending us your fabulous display Michelle, it is beautifully done and very effective!

Here are Michelle's comments:
'I’m submitting my display that features YA books made into movies. The Divergent series is extremely popular at our junior high, and the movie will be released this month. To tie in to the students’ excitement, this display features YA books recently adapted to the big screen. The movies on the film strips are 2013 and 2014 releases - with future release dates highlighted in large yellow dots. (The one exception is To Kill a Mockingbird, which is required reading for our 9th graders.) Everything in the case is made from paper except the Oscar statuette and popcorn containers (the “popcorn” itself is crumpled yellow & white paper). The film strips were created in MS Publisher using clip art for the border and movie poster images found online. I printed one 6”x8” frame per page, trimmed, and taped together to make each strip. The movie marquee is a PowerPoint template. I love to give displays a layered look. In this display I used push pins behind the spotlights to pop them from the background, and also tape and rubber bands to curve the film strips. I framed the interior of the case with a red paper “curtain” similar to a movie theater. It makes the case very visible in the hallway, and gives it a dimensional look that draws the students in. The books at the bottom of the case have also been adapted to the big screen. I enjoy talking with students about which was better, the book or the movie – of course most of the time we agree the book was the most satisfying!'

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Keep Calm and Read On (and other phrases...)

By Martha Hickson

Don't be fooled into thinking this is just another use of the rather over-worked 'Keep Calm' meme, this display from Martha is fabulous, she has developed the 'Keep Calm' meme to include other common phrases and cleverly linked books to them. Thanks for sharing Martha. 

Here are her comments:
'Many of the students at our high school have embraced the “Keep calm and …” meme, wearing T-shirts promoting everything from Batman to yoga. So when I picked up ABDO’s “Keep calm and read on” poster at the American Association of School Librarian’s conference, I knew that it could make the centerpiece for a fun, teen-friendly display.

I brainstormed a list of common “on” phrases, such as “On a whim,” “On the top,” and “On the fly,” and created a sign for each phrase, replicating the poster’s typography, red-and-white color scheme, and crown logo. For each phrase, I identified a book cover that illustrated it. Sometimes the book covers repeated a word from the phrase; for example, “On the fly” is represented by Don Calame’s Swim the Fly. In other cases, the connection is more subtle, such as the link between “On the top” and Andrew Revkin’s The North Pole Was Here.

I posted the signs and covers on a black background, creating a “black and white and red/read all over” display in the showcase just outside the library doors. Inside the library, I created a physical display of the featured books, each displaying a red and white bookmark with the corresponding “on” phrase. Because I came up with so many “on” phrase and book connections, I can easily refresh the display several times to feature more books. And that will help me keep calm and displaying on!'

Monday, March 17, 2014

Reader Recommendations

By Barbara Plumb

Thanks to Barbara for sharing this great way of promoting books from her collection. 
Here are her comments:
'These attached photos show our new Reader Recommendation promo.
Every month we promote a book that has been recommended by one of our students.
Their recommendation appears on the circulation desk, on the library web page and on instagram.
So far, and we have only just passed three months, the display has generated interest in our readers'.