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    Organizing activities and competitions is fun but sometimes you might want some inspiration. I've collected ideas and posted them in our activity lists below. What about a Jelly Bean Competition?
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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.

Introduction

Making interesting displays and coming up with another great idea can be challenging. Time is often a critical factor and so is space, not to mention costs.

Especially the smaller (school) libraries have just one or two display boards and there is hardly space to step outside that square metre; but with some ideas and tips from this website you might be surprised what you can do ……

The most challenging obstacle is your own fear. Reading the ‘Barriers to Creative Thinking’ can help you  recognize what is holding you back. The summary of ‘Personality Types’ can help you to define what kind of display will work best for your customers, while ‘Tips for Creating Displays’ can give you some ideas of how to create displays that look differently. It is a learning curve, but with every new display you make, you build up your own knowledge and skills, you learn from your mistakes and do it better the next time. Success assured! 

For me it is also a learning curve. When I started in my new job in a school library I made very traditional displays. Facing a new environment, dealing with a second language and getting used to a new type of library made me cautious. Now I’m much more courageous. My latest displays are far more attractive and bright. Have a look under Categories, Recent Posts or click on the links below for the displays and feel free to copy ideas. Let me know how you’re doing and if your displays work out well, send me some photos with a discription so that I can upload them to this website.

To promote movies based on books on the small display rack, I took Kite Runner as the main theme and bought a large size kite to hang above the display. When walking into the library it immediately attracted attention.

The forks on top of the rack of the Cook Book display and the packages of food around the huge plate with the apple created an interesting eye catcher.

For Bike Wise Week I attached an old bike upright to the frame of the display board, with the message to get your bike right, and attached some bike gear on top of the  panels. This gave the three panel board a totally different look.

The green and red background of the Dragon display immediately created the right atmosphere and with a little bit of imagination you could see the flames coming out of the nostrils of flying dragons, mountain dragons and all the other dragons that were displayed.

Myths and Legends date from ancient times and the golden glow of the background cover fitted well with the black and white Maori canoes or the colourful Greek warriors.

Symbolizing peace in an original way was not that easy but the dove looking from one tip of the panel to the Peace Tree standing next to the display board on the other side brought the display together.

The DOC posters and green card I used for the Conservation Week display covered the subject very well. The rubbish collected after one interval stapled to the middle panel emphasized the meaning of Clean-Up Week.

Google Images is a great tool. I copied the images of the Olympic medals to hang them around the neck of the winning NZ  athletes. The gold, silver and bronze banners with the photos were daily updated with winners and medals.

Pirates is a great subject and whether you want it or not; they do stimulate your fantasy. To break with the usual pattern of the same panels on a row I attached a sandy coloured banner halfway the panels and gave it a V effect in the middle panel.

In the display ‘Travel The World From Your Lazy Chair’ dreams come true. Even as a couch-potato or lazy-boy traveller you can be a seductive Geisha, a Maori chief with colourful fantasies or a Snake-man with weird habits. Just grab a book and retreat!!!

Showing a familiar topic from a fresh point of view can be great fun and that is what you do when making creative displays. With the right tools and a bit of imagination you can make the difference.

Hopefully the recources and displays of this website help you to get fresh input and the courage to step outside the box of traditional thinking. You can start today with a whole new style of promoting library media and information….

 

…..having fun doing it….

 

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