Displays highlight and promote new or interesting items in your collection. They encourage students to explore new authors, titles and genres. Draw attention to new books by displaying them in a prominent position.
Displays may also be on a theme or topic. They can help students choose reading material by focusing on a smaller group of titles. Interactive displays encourage students to explore and investigate. New displays bring a fresh and dynamic element to each library visit.
Some ways to create effective displays are to:
- position displays in high profile areas, with good lighting
- have the display at the right height for students and with space for them to stand nearby
- make frequent changes to smaller displays
- allow students to borrow or reserve items from the display
- use art and other student work to add interest and encourage student involvement with displays.
Resources for developing library displays
Go to these sites for inspiration:
International Reading Association — website (US focus) has a calendar with author birthdays. Links to resources, websites, lesson plans
Sparklebox — downloadable library posters
Wordle — create word clouds from text