So we literally have another face at the front of our library, but we have quite the library facelift going on as well right now! First of all, the nonfiction shift is DONE! The very last book was placed just yesterday, and I'm so glad the shift is finally finished. Was it worth an entire year of sweat, dust, heavy lifting, confusion, stickers stickers stickers, and more? In a word: yes. I have already seen the benefits of my nonfiction switch as I work with students.
The next facelift in store for the library are the front library shelves going into the front computer lab. . . .these shelves once held all of our Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Literary Criticism reference books. You know, the stuff that is ALL online now and available in one of our library databases. So they are going away into storage (because I don't have the heart to weed them quite yet!) and new and exciting things that won't collect dust are going in their place!
So I wanted to create a simple display area on these shelves. I already have a large main display area right front and center in the library, and I have a hard time keeping up sometimes with that one! This one I wanted to keep simple but effective. However, I wanted to make sure it was still flexible in order to be changed when I'd like.
So how exactly will I accomplish these little blackboards? Well, I had to do a little McGyver engineering, but I think I figured out a way! I stole some shelves we are going to get rid of from the bookcases in the back, adhered them onto some tall bookends using strong foam tape, and will cover these shelves in blackboard contact paper I bought on Amazon. This way I could still lay it down flat (hanging over the edge a little) on a table to do the design, but it will stand securely when placed on the shelf.
I'm excited for when I return from CSLA and my blackboard contact paper is in! Then I will be able to show you all the end product.
I hope to see some of you at CSLA! I'm looking forward to a BEAUTIFUL venue and lots of inspiration to return home with. Also, I'm looking forward to running a couple of sessions. . . .One on Thursday on BreakoutEDU, paired with my partner in crime in the district, Amy Linden. The other on Saturday, "20 Small Things You Can Do Monday Morning!"
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past five years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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