Two Quick Christmas Book-related Activities
Do you know the Crayons series by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers? What about the Macca books by Matt Stanton? Both these picture book collections have a Christmas titles that are so much fun. This year, for our final few library lessons, I put together a few very quick and easy Christmas activities that tie in with the books.
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
Display – Create
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.
Display – Space
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.
Display – Benefits of Reading
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.
Activity – Weapon (book) launch party
With the release of a new book by Lynette Noni, my high school book clubers just couldn’t wait to get their hands on Weapon, sequel to Whisper. We couldn’t make the trip to the offical launch parties being held around Australia, so we decided to hold our own. It was a fun way to celebrate (any excuse for food in book club is popular) and helped promote our book club to readers who usually didn’t attend. Their were a few members who were not fans but cheerfully went along with things, content with the party supplies.
Display – Buddy Reads
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.
Display – Welcome Back The Books Missed You
This is by no means an original idea. I’d seen the phrase with related displays on Pinterest and thought it would be a great replacement for my old Australia Day display I traditionally use in the first week back of school.
New Shelf Dividers
It was time for an upgrade. Our library has been using cardboard boxes as shelf dividers for a while now. As our collection grows, the shelves get tighter and the boxes were taking up valuable real estate. They were also looking a little tired, not to mention the empty boxes made the perfect hiding space for students to stash books, rubbish or Easter eggs (I kid you not, the whole thing was in there all crumbled up. What a waste of chocolate!!).
So, we invested in some new acrylic shelf dividers. We purchased them from Syba Signs. While Syba sell the vinyl to stick on the dividers in a range of colours and labels, we wanted to completely control the font and colours, and customise them to our collections. Fortunately, we have a Cricut machine in the library, which can cut vinyl.