I think I mentioned before that one of the displays I’m responsible for is a huge bulletin board area in the teen zone at my library. I’ve been meaning to post my displays, but I’ve gotten a little behind on that. Anyway, for the month of March and a couple weeks into April, I had up brackets for the books in the School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids Books. Here’s a picture after half of the first round:
Basically, I had squares for each title, and I put the dates in the squares so they would know when that battle would be announced. I don’t think I got a picture of it, but I also had an acrylic box where they could vote for their favorite, and then that bottom center red square is where our library’s winner went. I was happy with the votes I got too. Surprisingly, most of them were books actually in the battle, and I got no slips of paper with just “F— You” on them. I was very happy about that.
Here’s a picture at the end of the battle:
It was a really fun display that I stole from a librarian I really look up to that I worked with in my last position. I will definitely do it again next year, and I’d suggest it for anyone that has the space. Letting them vote for their favorite also gives it a little extra spice.
So I have two pretty big displays that I am in charge of in the teen area of our library. One is a big bulletin board, which I’ve been doing okay coming up with ideas for. The other is a really big display case. This one I have a little more trouble with. It’s not like our children’s area display case where we can just put cute things and I Spy stuff in. And I don’t have a whole lot of “stuff” to put in there. Plus I don’t want to lock up a bunch of books so that no one can check them out or make my colleagues have to walk over there and open the case every time someone wants one of those books.
So here’s what I have in the display case right now:
It’s not a great picture, but you get the idea. I got this idea from one random picture I saw online of a black circle on a wall that said “Hole to another universe.” It’s a really simple display, but at least it’s eye-catching. It is double-sided, so there are a couple other holes to peek in on the other side. In the holes is just printed out book covers of books that take place in space.
Anyway, this has been up for a couple months, so now I’m working on something else, but it’s just so hard to completely fill! I search online quite a bit for ideas, but it doesn’t seem like most library teen areas have actual display cases.