Creating a good book display is one of the best ways to encourage and promote reading, plus they're fun for me to create! Students are constantly rushing in and out of the library, so it makes my day when I see a student actually stop to browse a display and select a book to borrow. Since the holiday season is upon us, I decided to create a thematic display to celebrate. I shamelessly borrowed the idea from Pinterest, and I love the way it turned out.
This round shelf is positioned right in front of the library entrance, so everyone who passes through will be tempted to browse for a "gift" to check out and enjoy over the holiday break. I created decorative signage using Canva, which is the most user-friendly free graphic design tool I've found on the web. One of my lovely student library aides assisted me with all the wrapping.
I didn't want students to be disappointed when they unwrapped a book, so I needed to figure out a way to to give some sort of a hint about the genre while keeping the books wrapped. In keeping with the theme of gift giving, I decided to use gift tag stickers. Each book is labeled as being "to" a different type of reader, I also wrote the barcode on the tag for easy check-out. I selected a variety of fiction in the hope of appealing to different tastes, so there are some new arrivals, some classic popular titles, and a few hidden gems that don't circulate as often as they deserve. Five books have already been checked out in the 2 days since the display went up!
Don't be stuck without something good to read over break...grab a great book from this display!