Crowdsourced Library Displays

Library displays are the best way for our kids to discover new books. The books on the shelves are for the kids who already know what they want. We should never assume that our kids can figure it out on their own- even if they don’t want our help. Ever notice how fast you have to refill the display books? There’s an excellent reason for that.

Library displays are the best way for our kids to discover new books.  The books on the shelves are for the kids who already know what they want.  We should never assume that our kids can figure it out on their own- even if they don’t want our help.  Ever notice how fast you have to refill the display books? There’s an excellent reason for that.

I love this Padlet, made by Jennifer LaGarde (Library Girl). We need to all add to it, stat. 🙂

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Infographic Library Displays!

Last year, my parapro, Wendy, and I were having fun doing some quality professional development on Pinterest one day, and we had an idea.  We decided to take some of those great Infographics that Epic Reads and others are always posting, and to turn them into some amazing library displays.  We were tired of the same old, same old.

Here’s some inspiration for you. 🙂  The only supplies you need are a color printer, some time, some good markers, and a die cutter (I used my Silhouette Cameo, but you can use whatever you have).

We turned this:

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Into THIS!

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I was really happy with that one.  I think it is my favorite.  But this one was pretty boss, as well…

We turned this:

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Into THIS:

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And this year, I did this one…

This:

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Became THIS:

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How did we survive before Pinterest?  Check out Epic Reads for more great infographics, too.  They are so creative over there.

For those of you who are heading into Spring Break tomorrow (ME!), enjoy!  Here in Chicagoland, it is supposed to snow today. Grrr. >:(

Happy Reading!

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An Idea for Library Self Promotion

Last year, I was at the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) Conference, and heard a couple of really good librarians from Hinsdale South High School talk about the ways they push into classrooms.

They mentioned one idea that really stuck with me.  They created a flyer and called it a “take-out menu.”  Then, they put it in Chinese takeout boxes with a fortune cookie, and gave it to teachers.  I loved this idea.  Couldn’t stop thinking about it.

With my graphic designer husband, I knew we could do something ridiculously cool.  So, in August, before school started, we did.  I am really proud of how it came out.

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Notice the Fortune Teller Miracle Fish and the Chinese Finger Cuffs?  There was a fortune cookie in there, too, but I ate it. 🙂 My thinking behind those was this: I was giving these to teachers at the beginning of the year kickoff meeting.  It is not exactly an exciting meeting, if you know what I mean.

I bought a gross (144) of each thing on Amazon, and my entire total was 60 bucks.  Not too shabby.

Everyone seemed to really love them.  And I know people actually read the menu, because I have already had a few people come to me to ask about some of the new services I detailed inside.  That was the goal, so we’ll call this a win.  I think it is going to be a great year.

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UPDATE: I have had a few requests for the actual menu… you’ll have to recreate it for yourself, but here it is, for inspiration…

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FYI- Don’t try to contact me at the info on the menu… I don’t work there anymore. 🙂

Pinterest Threw Up All Over My Library.

In my little library, we have a full-sized computer lab that takes up a quarter of the space.  Sooo, with MAP Testing going on, the LMC is closed for business.  And very, very quiet.  Which is maddening nice, because we have time for special projects.

Special project time is when my Pinterest addiction becomes dangerous handy!

First, I ordered a used copy of Where’s Wally from Amazon for a penny and cut out the pages.  I was able to match up five full scenes.  Since they are back-to-back, not all of the scenes will be useable.  This was perfect for me, though, because I had five tables that needed some pizzazz.

After laminating the pages, I taped them to the table tops.

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Who could resist?
Who could resist?

That was Pinterest find #1.  I was far from done, though.

I decided to make a statement on my TV.  Note how awesomely vintage it is, by the way…

My Awesome TVSo that was #2.  We are just warming up.

Next, a freshened up display table.  I had a great classics door banner that I bought during my first year of teaching.  Ah, the days when we spent oodles of money on fun stuff for our classrooms, huh?  After the first or second year, we wizen up.  This is a gorgeous vinyl banner made for a classroom door.  My library is a 40 ft by 80 ft rectangle, so a little room dividing is always a good thing.  I made a Classics display.

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Next, I broke out the Mod Podge.  Yep, my library stunk to high heaven.  Everyone who walked through stopped to ask what on earth I was doing.  The original Pinner (OP in Pinterestland) used wood, but I am much too lazy for such things.  I used foam core.

First, I Mod Podged strips of old dictionary to the foam core.  That dried overnight.  Then, I used a paint pen and some really neat stencils I found next to the paint pens at Hobby Lobby to add the places.  Mount Doom points to our district office.  I’m a Gen-Xer.  We buck the establishment.

Since I used foam core, I was able to use 3M mounting strips to attach the arrows to my incredibly ugly post.  I think it adds character.  I kinda like that the post is there now!

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The last thing we did (I say we as in my parapro and I) was this.  It needs no explanation, but I will add it anyhow.  My husband is a graphic design teacher, so I had him make the “touch screen” for me.  All of the books on the display have been made into movies.  The kids love it.

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If you want more dangerous creative ideas, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!