Sunday, March 1, 2015

Turn over a new leaf...

By Bobi Kress

A big thank you to Bobi for this splendid tree!

Here are her comments:

'I'm an elementary school (k-6) librarian in Arizona. I've noticed that fewer of our 5th and 6th graders​ are checking out books about this time of year, so I came up with this display to encourage them.

On the leaves of the tree are pictures of books I cut from catalogues. Every book is one we have in the library. On the glass door above the window I used dry erase marker to write "Don't leave the library without a book."

I challenged our 3rd through 6th graders to "turn over a new leaf" by finding a book on the tree that they had not read before and check it out. Circulation has increased and the display even has some teachers coming in to see what the tree is all about!'

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Freedom to Read

By Laura Sanders

Welcome to the Blog Laura, glad you are enjoying it. Thanks very much for sharing your inspiring display. I love the idea of wrapping the covers.
Here are Laura's comments:

'It is currently Freedom to Read Week here in Canada so I do the following display about censorship every year. I keep a list of books that have been challenged or banned (primarily in Canada and the United States, but I try to include a range of countries). Right before Freedom to Read Week begins, I pull these books from the shelves and wrap them in brown butcher paper. I then write the reason why they were banned on the cover and put them on a display unit. The students are always shocked to peek inside and find out what books have been challenged! It creates a number of teachable moments and is a great opportunity for discussion. I use this with middle school students but I think it would work just as well with upper elementary or high school students'.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Library lovers

By Gabrielle Karsai

I love this idea from Gaby and would love to try it next year by asking for wedding photos from our staff. Here are her comments:

'I find that any display that involves school staff is very popular with the students. I asked for wedding photos or any other memorabilia that staff were happy to share. I ended up with 2 wedding gowns (one was mine!), lots of photos including great-grandparents, and 2 boxes of love letters (tied with pink ribbon) for a teacher when she was being courted by her then fiancé as he traveled the high sea (they have been happily married 38 years). I've supplied heart shaped post-it notes for the students to write what love means to them. What is it about weddings that sends teenage girls crazy?'

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fall in love with a good book ...

By Stephanie Taylor

Thanks to Stephanie for sharing her delightful Valentine's display!

Read the alphabet

By Elaine Pearson

Our school reading challenge this year is 'Read the alphabet'. Students read books with author's surnames beginning with each letter of the alphabet. When they have completed a book they give a brief summary and write the name of the book on their sheet with a rating out of ten. 
It's going very well already and only two weeks into term!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Library Lovers Month

By Rebecca Thompson

Thanks to Rebecca, from King's College in Pennsylvania, who has shared this great display just in time for Valentine's day! A really good idea to use this time of year to promote anything you want!

Here are her comments:
'I have been enjoying your library display blog since I stumbled across it and thought I would submit the Library Lovers Month/Valentine’s display I put up here at King’s College.

I wanted to highlight a variety of topics as well as some more recent acquisitions (we recently began actively developing our graphic novel collection) as well as give students a chance to share some thoughts with us.

The small colored hearts across the top of the shelving have quotes about the love of libraries. So far we've had 4 books move off this display, the most of any display I've built so far, and had several students leave notes about their love for circulation staff'.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

If you give a kid a book ...

By Tracy Taylor

Thanks to Tracy from Kentucky for sharing another great display. Here are her comments:

'I saw this on Pinterest and adapted it to my windows for our I Love to Read week (we have a literacy week each Feb. in conjunction with Valentine's day)…we have door decorating contests, daily dress up themes, character parade, literacy projects, etc'.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Ease on down the road

By Julia Wood

Thanks to Julia from Indianapolis for sharing this display. She has made a creative link between the song from the Broadway musical 'The Wiz' and learning. Here are her comments:

'The display is “Ease on Down the road” with books series that make the learning process easier: Books for dummies, Made incredibly Easy, Books demystified.
I used the Emerald city scape as the backdrop for the focal point with a Dorothy statuette standing on the yellow brick road'. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By Michelle Reid

Thank you Michelle for sharing this thought-provoking display - here are her comments:

'I made a small interactive display for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In addition to featuring books on Dr. King and the American Civil Rights movement, I included copies of his “I Have a Dream” speech and his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The color photo from the March on Washington also includes a QR code – the code links to a YouTube video of the original 17 minute “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King’s words are so eloquent, and still resonate today'.

Valentine's Day

By Fran Karmann

Fran has Valentine's Day all sewn up this year! Her readers are in for a treat with these five fabulous displays. Thanks for sharing them Fran!