Book Week 2019 – Reading is my Secret Power Display
The theme for Book Week 2019 is Reading Is My Secret Power and there are so many ways you could interpret this theme for display ideas. Traditionally, I decorate our circulation desk window (four, large tinted windows that sit behind out prominent circulation desk) with some interpretation of the CBCA artwork.
This year the CBCA Book Week 2019 artwork has been created by Bob Graham.
Here is my interpretation.
I loved that the Bob Graham artwork takes the idea of reading giving people and animals to achieve their dreams, giving them power beyond what one might first assume (or at least that’s how I’m looking at it.) The little bird locked in the cage, through the power of reading, is able to transform into a free and magnificent creature.
The CBCA merchandise, including bookmarks and bunting, also show a goldfish transformed into a whale, a girl dreaming of soccer, a hen either remembering her youth or perhaps a dream to have a chicken, and a young boy having a lightbulb moment. I used the bird and goldfish in my display and also added a kitten who, through reading, transforms into a tiger.
Little animals: I cut the animals, including the goldfish, kitten and bird and cage with out library Cricut using basic silhouette shapes. I added backing card and bright books for them to read.
Tiger: I also cut the tiger shape with the Cricut and then added fur by cutting strips of orange and black tissue paper, frilling the edges with lots of tiny cuts and hot gluing that to the tiger shape. A bit of a haircut around the edge finished the look.
Large bird: Again, the shape was cut on the Cricut. I then hot glued on red, yellow and gold feathers.
Whale: I initially planned to paint the top part of the window display with the underside of a whale, as if it was swimming past. However, after painting it and being asked numerous times “what is that?” and then told, “oh, I thought it was a ___” (insert “cloud, shadow, grey blob”, I decided to remove the whale (which was easy to do as I used removable window paint – recipe here). The plan is to instead create a decorated little whale or perhaps flying fish. I’ll update this post when I have done that.
Lettering: I cut the lettering on the library Cricut machine using the font Beautiful Thangs.