Back To School: Bulletin Boards
You should know, that I started my blog for purely selfish reasons. I had applied to be a presenter at a MAJOR librarian gathering. I won’t give you the acronym…but let’s just say it’s really BIG. Something similar to “March of The Librarians” on You tube.
The seminar was to be on Bulletin Boards.
Now you might say “ho-hum” but with budget cuts, students making out in the Fiction section and the occasional computer server crash…it’s nice to have some fun! I LOVE putting together bulletin boards and sharing my ideas. Unfortunately, there was not room for a Bulletin Board seminar this time around. Perhaps in two years. In the mean time, a blog seemed to be the perfect medium to present my ideas.
I might reach many more fellow Hot library technicians this way.
First, look around your library.
Do you have bulletin boards? I hope you do. I have 4 bulletin boards and LOTS of wall space.
You can present information in an exciting ways and break the ice with students who might just trudge in, do their homework and leave with an eye catching BB.
You don’t have any BB’s?
Try requesting one. Was that laughter I heard? I can relate.
You can also use a white board/chalk board or use your wall space. Be careful of putting tape on your chalk boards. In a later post I will talk about what I’ve done with all my wall space. Or rather who I share my wall space with.
Look at the bulletin board as a blank canvas hanging on your library wall…isn’t it inspiring?
No? Well, then that’s what I’m here for.
Do any of you scrapbook? Look at it as a giant scrapbook page if that will make it easier for your creative impulses to begin to flow.
I will be posting bulletin board ideas each month. At least two ideas, sometimes more. I like to change BB’s frequently. Believe it or not, I have seen some pretty uninspired bulletin boards in my day (sorry) and I don’t mind being copied. I don’t mind sharing creative things. Feel free to abscond with my ideas. If you give me some credit, great! Muchas gracias.
As a side note, I feel differently about sharing research and major projects….
So, it’s nearly time to get back to school. That means it’s time to dust off the cobwebs and get creative….I mean you should get rid of the cobwebs, don’t just dust them.
Welcome Back bulletin boards are always nice and fun to do.
I found some fresh, new borders and posters at Michael’s Crafts. They have the teacher section set up in July/August. (It’s not called the HotLibraryTechnician section, but I forgive them.)
It’s nice to have one board that the students can refer to, for classroom/library rules, school information, dress code and attendance policies.
A cute idea for the classroom or library is “What did you READ this summer?”
The word READ can be cut out of bright colors. Use a larger font to grab the student’s attention; utiylze your school district’s die cut machine ( if they have one) for a multitude of ideas.
For a beach motif, I start with light blue paper as the background. Free hand draw a sun, ocean waves, sand, star fish and sand pails. Use die cuts if you have them available. If you have a Cricut, or Cricut Expressions machine, you can have it do all the work. If you aren’t an artist, (I know one HotLibraryTech who is) look on Google for outline images of of what you want to copy. Even if you find one that is small, you can blow it up on the copier. Then, I tuck color copies of the book jackets, coming out of each sand pail tucked in the sand at the bottom of the board.
Here are some examples for you: These all can be found on Google.
Here’s one of my favorite hints: You can download book covers from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or Novelist.
I like getting book cover images straight from Google. Beware of school site fire walls though. You may have to do research at home and print them out, especially if you don’t have a color printer at school. I am often able to find cover jackets of books not yet released. My students are excited to see the titles that will be released in the fall. They know that Mrs. Hot will purchase these for the library.
Sometimes for ideas, I check the Highsmith catalog; they have posters and inspirational themes.
The UPstart catalog is great. We have ordered so many cute things from them, and I have gotten great ideas for BB’s. (More about those later.)
Their products are geared more toward elementary school boards, but there’s no reason that Kinder’s -6th graders should have all the fun.
Check out the ALA Graphics catalog when it comes in the mail.
The one I saved has Ewan (“You have done well my young Jedi”) Mc Gregor in it. He is pretty darn cute and the teen age girls think so too. Of course, there is the Twilight READ poster.
Don’t even get me started on Twilight yet; there will be many BB and counter ideas for Twilight.
Remember New Moon comes out Novemember 20, 2009…as if we could forget.
Do you order books from MACKIN? We do, when we have funding. They used to include a READ poster in every catalog, I’m waiting for my copy of Fall/Winter 2009/2010. I laminate the Mackin READ posters and switch them throughout the year to brighten up a dull corner.
This should give you enough to start those ideas flowing. If you’ve gotten some inspiration from this post, please comment.
Coming soon: September Board ideas!