Planning Library Displays for the Year
I love planning my school library’s displays. Whether working as a library aide or as a teacher librarian, one of my favourite parts of my job is to plan and prep the displays – physical and digital – for the library. I know it’s not a favourite task of all librarians, while other love it. I am constantly amazed at the creativity people reach and the lengths they go to to achieve jaw-dropping arrangements. I am not that creative or skilled by any means, but I am pretty good at planning. And I’ve found that if I have my displays planned for the year, including pop-ups, big creative displays and simple book collections, then I am far more likely to actually achieve a rotation of displays, rather than just leaving one up for the whole term (been there, done that). Continue reading
Book Week 2019 – Reading is my Secret Power Display 2
The theme for Book Week 2019 is Reading Is My Secret Power. In conjunction with our circulation desk display and our Junior reading room display, I created this interactive display at the back of our Junior reading room.
Here it is before we added the student artwork.
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.
Book Week 2019 – Bookopolis Display
The theme for Book Week 2019 is Reading Is My Secret Power and I have had a lot of fun coming up with different displays to showcase this theme around the library. For our junior reading room, I went with Bookopolis: Home of those with secret powers. It takes the angle of superheroes, something that is eternally popular with our young readers, especially with the release of the Marvel Avengers: The Endgame movie earlier in the year. The display is bright and was very easy to put together.
Book Week 2019 – Display Ideas
The theme for Book Week 2019 is Reading Is My Secret Power.
The theme and official artwork offers plenty of inspiration for displays: powers, superpowers, secrets, transformations, hidden identities.
Powers and Superpowers
There are plenty of ideas surrounding “Reading is my superpower”, so I am planning to use those ideas and adapt them for a fresh Book Week look.
Book Week 2018 Find Your Treasure Display
This display is inspired by the beautiful official Book Week 2018 artwork created by Anna Walker. I have always wanted to turn our circulation desk into a giant tree and the Book Week artwork and theme was the perfect excuse. You can read about the story behind Anna’s artwork on the CBCA Merchandise page.
Book Week 2018 – Display Ideas
The theme for Book Week 2018 is Find Your Treasure.
The theme offers plenty of inspiration for displays: literary treasures, pirates, Treasure Island, under the sea and treasure hunts.
The official artwork for Book Week 2018 has been released. Created by the talented Anna Walker, these gorgeous images are the perfect inspiration for a display. As well as free email signatures and social media banners, a range of merchandise is available to purchase.
The beautiful setting of children and animals high up in the treetops is stunning. Our library plans to recreate this scene by turning the library circulation desk into a giant tree. Check out this post for more details.
Under the Sea Display
Looking for sunken treasure? Well, under the sea you go. I have always wanted to hang waves of blue fabric from the ceiling of the library, and this seems like the perfect opportunity. Coral made from pool noodles, seaweed made from plastic table cloths, and a range of sea creatures made by the students in the makerspace. And every library needs their own mermaid. Check out this under the sea party decor from Press Print Party.
Book Week 2017 – Display Ideas
The theme for Book Week 2017 is Escape To Everywhere. This theme offers so much potential and scope, depending on how you want to interpret both ‘Escape’ and ‘Everywhere.’
The artwork for this year’s Book Week theme was created by Freya Blackwood, giving it an ethereal and wondrous look. You can order official merchandise from CBCA.
Theme colours and fonts
Something I like to do with my displays and Book Week signs is to match the theme colours and fonts. The fonts I found that best match are KG Luck of the Irish for the Escape To Everywhere wording and Mentone for the CBCA Book Week lettering, both of which can be found on dafont.com.
Each year, the CBCA provide wonderful Book Week merchandise. You can see the merchandise range at CBCA’s online store or via your state’s CBCA branch.
I love the flying whale that dominates this year’s Book Week artwork. I would love to create a display featuring our own version of this whale. Perhaps, start with an outline of a whale and let the students fill it with patterns, pictures, and favourite book covers.
Doors, windows, walls, mirrors, and wardrobes
What’s your favourite escape? I love the emphasis this year’s Book Week theme can give to fantasy. I have a large box sitting in the library’s storage area just waiting to be turned into a magical portal into another world. The only question is if it will be Narnia’s wardrobe, Dr Who’s Tardis, Harry’s platform wall, or Alice’s looking glass? Check out my Platform 9 3/4 display.