Displays are definitely a way of life in many libraries. The ambitious library staffer might be creating anywhere between 10 and 15 each year -- some might be making even MORE!
However, others might be designing less displays due to being spread thin elsewhere. It is really hard to keep up with displays when you are stuck in a swirling vortex of programming entropy.
These arrangements, of course, can vary from year to year or even month to month.
I've gone through all the displays that I've made over the years...and here are my top six:
6.) THERE'S A BOOK FOR THAT
I really wanted a summer display this past year that I wouldn't have to mess with. Therefore, I made this display that was easily refillable with a wide variety of books. I made the iPhone sign and then blew up genre book labels that I found only for the iPhone home screen. What made this display last though was when I made medium-size genre labels to stick on the book covers (since we don't use genre labels in YA). A wide range of genres. A wide range of books. No muss no fuss.
5.) ONCE UPON A CRIME
Those of you who follow YA collections closely can probably tell that this is one of my older displays (3 or 4 years ago). It was created during the YA crime fiction boom around that time. There are still MANY new crime books that you can pull out if you want to replicate it, and you should know that it was insanely popular at this particular library. The Sherlock Holmes silhouette attached to a discarded book is my favorite part though!
4.) STAR WARS DAY
Who doesn't love Star Wars? In honor of a large May the Fourth party I was having for tweens, I pulled out all of our Star Wars themed books and put them on a massive starry background table covering. However, it was the pixel art tie-fighter that really brought it to life. For those wondering -- it is about 3 feet by 4 feet!
3.) ANNUAL ZOMBIE DISPLAYS
I'm a big believer in using displays for the promotion of large events (like with my previous pick for the May the Fourth event). With my annual Zombie Survival Night for teens (see LARPing in the Library for more deets), I've started making YA zombie book and movie displays at the beginning of October. It really helps to set the mood and really draws attention for the event. Things do get tricky as I continue though...making interesting but new zombie displays every year! I'm pretty proud of these two though. ;-)
2.) TEEN TECH MONTH
My first pixel art display was much more intense than I originally realized. Even looking at this picture makes my feet ache from the HOURS I spent up on a ladder putting up every single square. I used perler bead patterns of popular characters (obviously video games were preferred for Teen Tech Month) and then did something that I NEVER thought I'd do as a librarian.......pulled out a calculator, a ruler, and grid paper. Scaling the patterns to fit on the bulletin board so that the whole board was covered was an otherworldly level of pain. Still.....doing the math work allowed me to rely on it when putting it on the board. There is no need to be careful with putting up the pixels when all the squares have been properly cut! It truly turned out awesome though, and I left it up for months. The moment it was put up, this display became a show stopper with many teens in this particular shared facility (and other members of the public) talking about how cool it looked.
1.) NATIONAL POETRY MONTH -- POETREE
This is actually one of my most recent displays, but I love it SOOOOO much! For National Poetry Month, the public has access to the POETREE -- several enchanted branches with pretty LED lights woven in. Participants for this display that also happens to be a passive program can select a leaf to either write their own original poem or write a few lines of their favorite poem. Over the span of just 2 hours, we had 3 original poems put on the tree! It actually seemed to be a fun family activity on the weekend and sheds light on some cool poetry books in our collection.
Originally wanting to be the love-child of Kathy Reichs and Indiana Jones, Brooke was pulled into the magical world of library service over 12 years ago. Finding that her ultimate passion was in teen services, she did what she normally does in a heart-fueled endeavor -- ran in head-first and never looked back! Cosplayer, movie fanatic, binge watcher, Disney Worlder. Proud cat mom of Evelyn (named after the librarian character in The Mummy ).