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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like. Write down what materials and tools you will need. Create a time-line / checklist: This week copying and laminating - Next week: buy or beg materials - Two weeks: covering display boxes with matching paper - Three weeks: collect books matching the display....
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Your job will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle. The staples will stick out a bit at one side - perfect to get hold of them with pliers and pull them out when you change displays.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools when creating displays. You can attach all sorts of materials like hard plastic, metal, fabric and everything else you can think off. Be careful with your fingers (blow - blow) the glue is very hot and you easily get blisters
  • TIP: Create a 3D effect!

    Create a 3D effect by hanging objects in front of the display board, like fish in a Sea Life display or lanterns in a Summer Reading display.
  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. Each object needs its own space. Think of a shop window that is more than full with appliances, you can’t distinguish one object from the other, while carefully placed objects attract the attention.

SAM – a taped sculpture




Sometimes we're so lucky!


One of our art teachers asked me if an artwork that 4 of her students had made could be displayed in the Library. The teacher explained that it was a sculpture made of tape and resembling a reading figure. I said YES before I could figure out (pun intended) where or how to display the item.

When the girls came in I was both excited and a bit taken aback. Where could I display such a beautiful life size sculpture?


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When I asked the students how they had managed to create such a fantastic artwork, they giggled and pointed to one of the girls. Sam had been wrapped in gladwrap and then covered with layers of tape. Once the layer was thick enough, the tape was very carefully cut and the taped Sam was pealed from the real Sam. After the two were separated the sculpture was taped up again to cover the incision and there she was…SAM the sculpture, all shiny and sparkling.




When I asked how many rolls of tape they had used…. They pondered it over, and over. To draw an answer I ventured that it might have been 20 or thinking I had that wrong I suggested maybe 100 rolls? No, one of them responded looking schocked, maybe only 3 or 4 ……


SAM has found a prominent place on the large table which is clearly visible when you enter the Library. Students seem to ignore her after a first surprised glance whereas teachers walk around the table and carefully touch the tape when they think nobody watches (:-)


She is a clear focul point, stretched out on the table, reading 'Where's Wally' holding her mug and having an array of books around her just for the choosing…..

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A day later the students came back with their cameras and photographed SAM lounging on the table. Carefully they arranged the chess board and pieces in front of the sculpture so that the black pieces stood out from SAM's shiny surface and clicked their cameras. A proud bunch, and so are we!




Sometimes we're so incredibly lucky!