Since February is Library Lover’s Month, I wanted to showcase something that librarians work very hard on and that patrons love: all those wonderful book displays!
I’ve worked in a few libraries and bookstores, and putting together unique and creative displays (and watching readers discover new books because of them) was one of my favorite parts of the job. Here are a few clever set ups that I love, and wish I had thought of!
Welcome to the 21st Century
I love seeing displays that incorporate other media to appeal to young readers. Bonus: the twitter feed encourages students to guess which character tweeted what to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.
What better way to get kid’s attention than give them something to play with? All of these displays invite patrons to actually interact with their library and the books they’re reading.
Holidays are the best excuse to put up an elaborate display. And no holiday is so obscure that librarians won’t find a way to make it about books! Blind Date with a Book is one of my favorite displays to see popping up around Valentine’s Day.
A Few Other Favorites
This might be cheating a bit, since this isn’t from a library, but I’ve seen a ton of variations on this common conundrum.
I do love a good pun!
This is a great way to encourage readers to seek out books they might not have checked out otherwise.
Not all of these books are memoirs, but they just might inspire readers to develop a personal connection with the characters.
I love this idea! Pairing these books helps readers make connections they might not have, and encourages them to try new books.
The purpose of displays is to highlight certain books, and what better way to display a book than by showing off the actual text?
This bulletin board is from a children’s library, but is an excellent way to display global literature for all ages.