Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1920s Flapper Board

By Jennifer Cauley

Thanks to Jennifer for sharing another sensational display. It's a real work of art, here are Jennifer's details of the construction:

'I have another board for you, our Flapper Board. This one was really time consuming to put together but everyone stopped to take a closer look. I was actually worried that it wouldn't survive the month because students and teachers kept touching it to feel the different textures! We used this to promote anything connected to the 1920's (literary fiction, YA, classics, literary analysis and criticism, etc.). 

We used the Silhouette cutting machine for the fish scale tiles and the letters, but everything else was cut and folded by hand. 

We used a permanent marker to color the tops of our staples black before loading them into the stapler. The staples were pretty much invisible on the board, you really had to look to see them. 

Tissue paper was fun to work with but I don't recommend using it for a background like we did. It kept tearing and we were worried that the weight of the other elements would pull the whole board down. The fish scale tiles looked great, but they wouldn't have been possible without the Silhouette machine. Even with the machine, we had to pop out all of the scales (it took forever) and the whole tile ended being very delicate and flimsy. We will never use tiles like this again. We decided wrapping paper or fabric would have been a better choice for the background, it wouldn't have been hard to find something with a pattern we liked. It would have been stronger, easier to work with, and the rest of the board would have been much easier to deal with'.

What a great idea to colour the staples!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Peek A Boo-k

By Fran Karmann

Fran used this Peek - a - Boo (k) idea for Halloween by displaying horror books.
Thank you for another great idea Fran - the display looks fab.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jane Austen

By Jennifer Cauley

Thanks to Jennifer who shared this lovely display to promote Jane Austen. 
Here are her comments:
'Jane is always a favorite at our school, especially when students are selecting their IB Extended Essay topics. This board was used to promote her novels as well as related research material. One of the library aides made some lovely bookmarks that were snatched up as soon as we put them out'.

Dystopian Fiction

By Jennifer Cauley 
Copyright Erin Bowman

Jennifer has re-created Erin's great flowchart that helps with the definition of the dystopian genre.
It's really good - more details can be found on Erin's Blog: Erin Bowman
Thank you for sharing this Jennifer.

WW1 Centennial

By Jennifer Cauley

Thanks to Jennifer, from Dubai, who has shared this very effective display created to highlight resources for students to use in their studies and for IB Internal Assessment research.

I was keen to know how Jennifer made the display and she kindly provided me with the following details: 'For the soldiers I actually enlarged a photo and then used Photoshop to clean up the images so they were just black silhouettes. We loaded the images into a Silhouette cutting machine to cut them out. In retrospect I should have done it the way we did the words. We used kraft paper for the background, cut some A4 sized sheets and put it in the printer and printed the words off on that. If you pay attention to the side of the paper you're printing on and match it up with the same side of the paper facing out from the bulletin board, it will look seamless. (If you look at the quote on the board you can see where we printed on the wrong side of the paper.) I should have just printed the soldiers onto kraft paper and then pasted them up on the board. We then cut a strip of black bulletin board paper to look like rough terrain'.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


By Denise Borck

Thanks again to Denise for sharing another stunning display.
Her comments below explain the display. 
They are taken from her Blog, which is well worth a visit: LIFE IN THE LIBRARY

'With school back in full swing, it was time to change our back to school bulletin board with something more current. With Instagram favored by teens over Facebook and Twitter as their most important social networking tool, it was the perfect choice for our theme. Visiting classrooms around the school allowed me to take pictures of students and faculty going about the daily life of school here at WJMS. I created wjmsknights as our faux Instagram account and added applicable hashtags to go with the images. Inserting each image into an Instagram template found online, made them look much more authentic. I also included some infographics found online which show how powerful Instagram can be as a tool for social networking. Since the kids have seen me around the building taking pictures, they have been drawn to the new board to see which images I posted. I plan to keep this board up through the spring while changing out the pictures of WJMS events throughout the year'.

Hispanic heritage month

By Angela Burke Kunkel

A big thank you to Angela, a librarian in the southwestern United States for sharing this display.
A great way to celebrate Hispanic heritage month which runs from September 15th to October 15th. This display uses traditional Mexican papel picado and paper flowers, along with fiction by Hispanic authors.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Banned Books Week


By Beth Khalil

An important and popular theme, Beth (LRC Manager from Tyne and Wear, UK) has shared photos of her new display for Banned Books Week.
Here are her comments:
'We are celebrating Banned Books Week next week, which we are very fierce about. We are passionate about being able to choose for ourselves what we like to read and not to be told what we should or shouldn't be allowed to borrow'.
Thank you Beth, I'm sure it will draw the attention of your students! I like the way you have provided details about the reasons for the ban with each book, it's bound to surprise them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Once upon a time ...

By Tracy Taylor

Here is another lovely display from Tracy. This time it's Tracy's mum who has created the main feature for this fairy tale display - a fairy garden in a container - isn't it gorgeous! Tracy placed it on tables covered with brown paper, ivy, Christmas lights and fairy tale books.
I'm sure it delights the children. Thanks for sharing it.
PS It looks like an extremely cosy library you have there in Clinton.

Through the Trapdoor (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

By Tracy Taylor

This mesmerizing display has been shared by Tracy from Clinton in Kentucky. Here are her comments:

'I took an idea I saw on Pinterest for a baby mobile and turned it into a library display.

Inspired by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's Through the Trapdoor chapter--- I created the "winged keys" and broom needed to get through the locked door. (well…my talented father hand-crafted the broom for me…I bought keys at Michael's craft store and cut wings out of construction paper…the key at the top of the broom handle has a bent wing!)

Students are loving it…once they decide it isn't a Halloween display and really take a look at it'.

It's great Tracy, thanks for sharing it.