We've had a great start to our school year here with some really fun displays that have caught the attention of students. For the month of September, we created two separate displays for "Gamer Reads" and Banned Books Week.
For Gamer Reads, I finally did a project I've always wanted to do, post-it pixel art! To promote the Gamer Reads books I had in our main display, I created post-it pixel art in the windows of the library. See the pictures below.
All of this was to attract attention to our main display of "Gamer Reads," which I unfortunately forgot to snap a picture of before I took it down! Darn it! The display consisted of some Mario characters I hung from the ceiling and had multiple books relating to video games, including some of the Halo titles alongside ones like Ready Player One and The Eye of Minds.
Overall, it was a good display that caught student's attention once they realized what all those strange shapes were in the windows!
Next up, the last week of September was Banned Books Week. I don't like to celebrate Banned Books Week every year because I like it to be fresh and new to the students when they are introduced to it. This was the year to celebrate, so I pulled a variety of ideas I had seen off the internet to create an interactive display.
This is our main display area for Banned Books Week. I created a few banners made out of butcher paper and old book pages. My assistant and I blacked out some of the words on the pages. Ideally, I wanted to burn the bottom and borrow the flame light from drama as I had in years past, but I ran out of time! Perhaps I'll get it together enough to do for two years from now.
However, the most engaging part of the display has most definitely been the paper bags over the books. From the moment I put up the display, students have been curious, and it's sparked some wonderful conversations. Explaining to students that all of the reasons listed on the paper bag are indeed reasons it has been challenged or banned has made them sit back and think. If you are interested in using these "Read Stricted" covers for your own display, you can get your own copy HERE. This link will prompt you to make a copy of the Google Slide, so please make sure you are signed into your Google account first.
In addition to this, I came across some awesome posters I recreated for our library. The original posters can be viewed HERE. They were created for Schlow Centre Region Library, and I felt like they were very eye catching for students. Therefore, I created my own. Some of these are complete copies of the originals, but others are my own invention using the same design and format.
Again, if you are interested in using these posters and editing them for your own library, you can access them HERE. Make sure you are logged into your Google account, as it will prompt you to make a copy of this document. Then you can edit it to your liking! All images and text are not my own!
That's all for now! We're gearing up for October with our Steampunk display and our Two Sentence Scary Story contest! Looking forward to our first contest of the year and new display!
Keep on doing the good work friends!
Welcome back from summer everyone! I hope everyone's 2016-2017 school years are kicking off well. We have a lot of exciting things going on in our library this school year. I've been so busy that despite being in school since the beginning of August, it is only NOW that I have time to write up a blog. The beginning of the school year is always a sprint at the very beginning of the year for a TL. Book talks, library orientations, and all other kinds of things bog us down at the beginning of the year. However, I now have a moment to breathe before the crazy month of October hits for me to site down and write up a few things about the beginning of my school year.
Last year, I shared in THIS post about my virtual book catalog, one of my favorite tools I have as a teacher librarian. If you're not familiar with this tool, take a look at the old blog post to understand how this works. I almost tried to think of a new way to do book talks this year, but I said to myself, "If it's not broken. . . .don't fix it!"
So instead, I've decided to stick with my Prezi presentation and share with everyone an updated version for this school year. I've added a bunch of new books and have a great new way of organizing them. Take a look at the picture below for how I used to organize them.
And now take a look for how this updated version looks.
As you can see, I've organized the book into genres. This makes it much more helpful when you are searching for that perfect book. You can now see exactly what you have in each genre.
I've also updated with new titles and book talks. Please feel free to take this presentation and use it. It is a public and reusable Prezi. You can access the Prezi HERE.
Enjoy! Have great book talks! Back with more back-to-school blog posts soon!
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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