Pinterest Threw Up All Over My Library. 8


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.

The five tables with Wally

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.

I Love The Classics

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!

Directions

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.

Readbox

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

  • Cool ideas. I love the concept of your blog too! Glad I found you 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m having fun.

  • Any chance one can get your version of the READBOX “touch screen”? Thanks!

    • Thank you for asking! I have had many requests for this, so I asked my awesome husband (my resident graphic designer) to sift through his files for it tonight. Success! I will be working on that momentarily. 🙂

      • Leigh Leigh

        Thank you very much–both you and your husband for your generosity! Leigh Ann

          “Whenever you walk into a room and forget what you were looking for, you actually walked in on an alien doing something. The MIB (Men in Black) agents came in zapped the alien and erased your memory, however they have no way of telling what you were looking for.”

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      • Where can I find this? Both you and your husband did a great job! It looks authentic and would be the perfect touch to my Readbox bulletin board.

        • Thanks! If you click on the picture, it should take you to the downloadable files. I’m glad it will help! If you think of it, send me a pic of yours! 🙂

  • Destanie

    what did you use to hold up the books