Book Display: Blind Date with a Book

I promise I’m still around! I’ve been so busy with the end of my term with Fab Films, the YALSA Forum, and ALA Midwinter that I’m desperately trying to catch up. I have several book reviews and programming posts to share that will hopefully be up this month! But for now I thought I’d share our current book display in the teen area

In case you can’t see it the sign says: Go ahead-pick a book, take it home. If you like it, great! If you don’t, bring it back with no awkward questions. (Unlike some actual blind date!)

Display: Banned Books Display

A few years back, I did a Banned Books display at my library. I covered YA books with brown butcher block and put yellow caution tape down their fronts. I labeled the books “Challenged,” “Restricted,” “Banned,” or “Unresolved” depending on their current status in the town in which they were challenged. On the back of each book, I had a blurb about where the books had been questioned and why they were questioned.

(As you can see, I’ve gotten way more creative with the backdrop ideas in my displays. But I’m still super proud of this idea!)

Teens could either browse through the book or check out a mystery book. The brown covers were removed (carefully!) at the circ desk and I’ve saved them for if/when I repeat this display.

The sad news is that I have many more books to add to this list. Books are not necessarily being banned (hence my clarification on the yellow caution tape — it’s hard to ban a book by textbook definition), but censorship is alive and well in this country. Teens need advocates to stand up and to stock/purchase books who do not back down from a potential challenge. Teens need administrations that support their school librarians and public librarians collection choices and who do not remove a book because of one parent’s or community member’s personal preferences.

I hope that you have time to do more investigating into the history of Banned Books Week and that your weeks are challenge free.

Teen Movie Books Display

Yesterday, I put together this display in the library:

Material List Break-Down

Film Reel
– Foam Board
– Tape Roll
– Paint
– Glitter
– Paper Film Reel
– Laminator
– Tape & Glue

I used a blown-up photo of a film reel and traced in onto the foam board. Then, I painted the foam board gray. Afterwards, I sprinkled glitter on it and ran my paintbrush through to spread it out. To assemble, I put a tape roll (book tape) between the two foam pieces. I laminated a long strip of film that I printed off from the web to give it a shiny look and tape it around the edges. This is by far my favorite part of the display!

Popcorn Box
– Posterboard
– Paper
– Yellow Tissue Paper

Begin with the posterboard, cutting out the shape. (And yes, I had to look it up, but you want to draw a isosceles trapezoid.) Honestly, I free-handed the template. As long as you have two sets of equal sides, the box will line up. Afterwards, I glued a red and white stripe piece of paper onto the posterboard, taped all the sides together and made the label. Then, I crumpled yellow tissue paper in the box to look like popcorn.

– Butcher Block

I just pleated Butcher Block paper and attached around the display.

I am in *love* with this display, but I still want to add more. Maybe some hanging stars with glitter? We’ll see.

You Are Here!

Guys…don’t laugh, I *just* realized that today is Tuesday. Which means it’s my day to post! I blame the three graduation parties and the eye doctor appointment this weekend — not to mention the holiday which totally screws up my week. Anyways, I was going to post a book review, but I absolutely failed thinking that I had all night to write it. So, instead I’m posting my Teen Book Display for summer reading!

Ta-da! I used a map from a co-worker for the backdrop. And took most of my book selections from Kelly of Stacked and her amazing “Display This!” series on foreign countries.

I made a backpack out of Butcher Block which is no easy feat! And unfortunately I can’t explain it to anyone else…because I kind of winged it.

And then I bought a blow-up airplane and made the squiggly road. Hooray! The teens have really liked this one, and they keep trying to guess what map I used. (Spoiler alert: It’s Detroit!) This one will probably be up all summer, where I’m planning to switch it out for a book-to-movie display for back to school.