One of my weaknesses is library displays. My creativity is usually limited to propping up our new arrivals and moving on to the next task. I doubt that I will ever be a master at this skill, but I do want to improve so I've been looking for inspiration. I thought I would share some of the best displays I was able to find and inject a few ideas of my own.
I saw this photo by Covs97 on Flickr and was inspired to think about ways to use color for displays.
Then I saw this on Pinterest.
Photo on Flickr by Enokson.
Later I found this one with a black color scheme with the title "Books Are the New Black". I started listing other ideas that use color. Here is my list and I would love to hear your ideas in comments:
Get a Black Belt in Reading
These Books are Red Hot or These Books are White Hot
Pretty in Pink
What have you RED lately?
Feeling BLUE? Try reading.
I referred to this site to stimulate my "colorful" phrases.
I know that I need to do a better job of making nonfiction appealing so I tried to thing of something that could highlight those titles. I saw this post about using reality shows to connect with nonfiction which got the wheels turning.
Here are few ideas I have so far including the reality show and a few fiction and nonfiction titles that are related:
1. River Monsters/Swamp People: Lost in the River of Grass, Chomp, River Monsters Scholastic book, World's Strangest Animals, anything nature or fishing
2. Mythbusters: Mythbusters Science Fair book, The Way Things Work, Do Not Open, The Secret Science Behind Movie Stunts and Special Effects, various other science activity books
3. The Voice/American Idol: musician and band biographies
4. Survivor/Survivorman/Man vs. Wild: Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness, The Hunger Games, Trapped in a Canyon, The Girl Who Owned a City graphic novel, Defying Death graphic novel series, Nature Girl
5. Dancing With the Stars/ So You Think You Can Dance/ Dance Moms: A Girl Named Faithful Plum, Bunheads, Snap Books dance series
6. The Apprentice: books on small business, career books
7. America's Next Top Model/ Project Runway: Bobbi Brown Beauty Rules, Teen Vogue Handbook, Seventeen 500 Beauty Tips, Lauren Conrad Style
8. Amazing Race: travel and country books, Weird US: A Freaky Field Trip Through the 50 States
9. Bachelor/Bachelorette: How to Talk to Girls, romance novels
10. Sons of Guns: Military weapons series from Scholastic, The History of the Gun, any history book on weapons
11. Comic Book Men: DC Adventures Heroes and Villains, any comics or manga, drawing books
12. The Biggest Loser: healthy cookbooks, sports manuals, health books on obesity and exercise
13. Hell's Kitchen: all my cookbooks, Incredibly Disgusting Food series, Weird But True Food
14. Ghost Hunters/ Fact or Faked: In Search of Sasquatch, The Paranormal Caught on Film I and II, Ghosts Caught on Film I and II, any supernatural books
OK. That was more than a few. I got carried away. Sorry. I couldn't think of anything for Jersey Shore, Housewives or Kardashians.
This is the Pinterest board I've started to collect some of the ideas. I also recently found this blog with great examples. I would love to hear your ideas, blog suggestions, library display Pinterest boards worth following and any other advice you have about library displays.
I'm sure the end of the year is as crazy for you as it is for me right now. I'll be posting soon about all the exciting professional development courses that are approaching soon. I hope your final few days or weeks go well!