Mystery In the Library – Displays and Activities
I used the Cricut machine to cut out some detective silhouettes. The font used to create the letters is Earwig Factory.
I love creating displays. If you follow this blog at all, you will have seen some of my display creations. They range from a few simple shapes cut on our trusty library Cricut machine to more elaborate constructions. But sometimes, I don’t have time to do a full display. I’ve been enjoying creating pop-up displays. These are usually a collection of themed resources with a related poster and bookmarks. They sometimes have a connection to a particular special day or event or are themed. Here are a few of my most recent pop-up displays.
National Science Week
Our theme for Term 2 this year is Create. It is the theme for ALIA’s Library and Information Week, and I have used their AMAZING artwork as the basis for our display.
Every year, ALIA share some fantastic ideas and graphics for their Library and Information Week and it is becoming my habit to base my Term 2 theme and displays around their theme. I adore this year’s theme Create. It fits so perfectly with what our library is all about. And those graphics are just amazing. On their website, ALIA share a range of themed graphics and I poster printed our main display from one them. It turned out really well (if I do say so myself.) Already it has caught the eye of our students (though we only have a handful actually in the library, due to COVID).
As many of our students are learning from home, we will share our create theme via our library homepage, social media and online book clubs. I am hoping to turn our main circulation display into a “Create Mural”, sharing photos of all the things students have been making at home and in the library.
Our first entrance way display in the Create theme features cookbooks.
I was able to attend the Year 6 camp to Canberra last year and by far and away my favourite stop on the busy tour was the Deep Space Centre at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex. Regaled by stories of the space missions currently in space, the science behind the search for life on Mars, and the vastness of the universe, we sat under a giant model of the solar system, next to a model of Rover Curiosity and were shown pictures of Mars’s most recent sunrise. We were given the links to help scientists categories galaxies and basically I was just in nerd heaven. Creating a space display went straight to the top of my to-do list.
Inspired by the work of Professor Margaret Merga, I wanted to talk to students about the benefits of reading. At one school, I am fortunate to be working with a teacher librarian who has designed a whole year 8 library lessons course around Merga’s research and the benefits of reading. At my other workplace, I placed an infographic about the benefits of reading into this year’s library welcome booklet and created this display, which sits above our student printers, hoping it will catch the eyes of students who may not regularly pick up a book.
This display was the idea of one of my fellow librarians, who suggested a buddy read display when she noted how many books we had duplicate copies of.
The theme for our library this first term 2020 is Connect. My focus is on really engaging with students and hopefully getting them to engage with the library in return. We are highlighting both our online connections and face-to-face activities. I am reusing our puzzle theme, as puzzles remain popular with our students and I already had them cut (I’m lazy but I like to call it time management!!).
Alice in Wonderland provided an easy and very colourful concept for decorating our junior reading room.
National Careers Week is celebrated in Australia in the second week of May. This year our school has a new Careers Guidance Counsellor (who is awesome) and she approached me about celebrating National Careers Week in the library. What a fantastic opportunity to connect literature and the skills we learn in the library to the workforce and students’ futures. Working together, we created a range of displays and activities to engage the students, from Junior right through to Senior, in discussing careers.