Display – National Careers Week
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.
Display – Genre Quiz
As part of our focus on genres this year, this interactive, walkable genre quiz display was placed at the front of the library leading to our young adult fiction collection to increase student engagement with the collection and new genre-sorted layout.
Display – Wheel of Reading
Love the Wheel of Fortune TV show? Well, I love interactive book displays and I thought these two elements would be a perfect match. My focus this year has been on promoting our library genres and this wheel of reading was a great way to get kids talking about the different genres they might like to read from. They also loved spinning the wheel – so much so, that I had to make quick repairs mid-way through the week.
Display – Teen Tech Week
Teen Tech Week is an initiative of American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association. While this is a US-based week of celebration, the concept and idea behind it is something I whole-heartedly support and think it is worthwhile celebrating in any library.
Display – The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Celebrating 50 Years
In 2019 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle will celebrate 50 years in print. To celebrate we decided to turn the Very Hungry Caterpillar day (March 20th) into a gigantic birthday celebration.
For years now, our Junior Reading Room has hosted a giant Hungry Caterpillar poster, created by the students many years ago. It is a much-loved favourite of our Head of Library Services and so it has held pride of place in the Reading Room. So, I decided to design and place the Very Hungry Caterpillar 50 Years display around this old poster.
The giant hanging leaf is a new addition to the reading room, purchased from Ikea, and it fit nicely into the display.
With a lot of help from our awesome student library helpers, we made 3D fruit for the Caterpillar to munch on, thanks to Mr Printables for the awesome templates. All the needed fruit is available in the free downloadable pack, we just had to colour the oranges orange to transform them from lemons. We also used these 3D fruits to create headbands to wear throughout the week (any excuse to dress up). We just hot-glued the fruit to a plastic headband.
Our handy Cricut cutting machine cut lots of coloured dots, which we strung together to add brightness to the area. (These could also be used for a Roald Dahl display, as it kind of looked like Willy Wonka had thrown a party with all the colour). A 3D caterpillar was made with styrofoam balls, green and red paint, a purple straw, goggly eyes and more hot glue.
As well as dressing up throughout the week of celebrations, we also ran a Hungry Hunt. Students had to find the fruit cutouts hidden around the library and write down the secret clue hidden with each piece of fruit. Their answers went into the draw to win this awesome prize pack – thanks to Penguin Australia for previous supplying us with Hungry Caterpillar Posters, which were both included in the prize pack and included in the display.
Display – Two new middle-grade releases = A winter wonderland
October and November 2018 presented two very exciting new books in the world of middle-grade fiction: The Ice Monster by David Walliams and Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney. As our school year was in the process of winding down, we decided to celebrate the releases of these two titles at the start of the 2019 school year. The overt winter theme provided a wonderful tie between the two titles, enabling us to turn our junior reading room into a winter wonderland (in the middle of summer, mind you).
Collaborative Display – Wings
I love creating displays that engage students. Whether that’s because they can interact with the display itself, like my Mr Potato Head display, or because they have played some role in creating the display, I find that interaction increases engagement and that means the library displays are more successful.
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.
Find Yourself in a Library – Map Display
This year’s ALIA Library and Information Week theme was Find Yourself in a Library. This tied perfectly into our whole year’s themes of Find… (See more information about our library themes in this post).
Amidst a range of fun activities and special events, like the National Simultaneous Storytime, the library highlighted the special week with this display.
Using the LIW poster as inspiration, I used strips of white cardboard to create our own library maze. And yes, there was only one way through the maze, but unfortunately, I didn’t consider the hight of the books on display and how they would hide the finish point.
Letting cut on our libraries Cricut machine, the LIW poster and banner and books about maps, puzzles and mazes completed the display.
Reading World Cup Display
The FIFA World Cup is on everyone’s lips this June 2018. To join in the hype, our library is running a Reading World Cup. This display and voting activity could be tied into World Cup sporting event or literary celebration (Quidditch World Cup, anyone?).
This display was inspired by the creations of The Brown Bag Teacher and her Tournament of Books.
I started by finding our library’s most borrowed titles for the past year, choosing the top 8 from both the junior library and high school collections for our top 16. I printed the covers from these top 16 and created mini voting slips. I cut the lettering for the Reading World Cup title using our library’s Cricut machine, and recycled strips of white cardboard to create the match-ups.
The voting for the first round was open for half a week, followed by half a week each for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and then the grand final. Each time a voting slip was created for the voting, but using tokens and voting boxes would have also worked.
The books on display were selected from the top 16, and when they quickly disappeared, were replaced with soccer-themed titles.
An additional competition was run simultaneously with Reading World Cup voting, allowing students to try and guess which book would be the overall winner. Those who guessed correctly were entered into the draw to win a FIFA World Cup prize pack or a art prize pack (for those less soccer enthusiastic). These prizes were from additional items from magazine subscriptions.