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Fantastic Fall Displays

October 11, 2009

wayne-houser-clarinet-in-the-parkPhoto by Wayne Houser – “Clarinet in the Park”

For a fast, fabulous, fall bulletin board…start with a black background….fabric, construction paper or cardstock.

Do you have a favorite photo with fall colors…a scenery poster? 
I found the poster above at
I love fall, I miss living where  leaves change colors, where the air has the crisp scent of fall. 
Here behind the Orange Curtain, if there is a crisp smell in the air, it is more than likely a fire burning somewhere in So Cal. 

Once I have the board covered with the black background, I will pick the main focal point.  Then, I add those leaves that I miss so badly. 
I purchase or make colorful leaves. 
If your school has the Ellison Die cut machine, you are sure to have two dies of leaves, one oak and one maple.  I have taken a field trip to the junior high where it is stored and have happily cut out leaves in fall colors to my heart’s content. 
Check out the Ellison web site.  I found that they had die cuts on clearance.  Maybe it’s more than the ‘budget theme’ that I shoot for, but $20.00 for a die cut that you and other teachers will get a lot of use out of, is a good thing.   You can visit them at



Lately I have been a bit more creative with the leaves.  At Michael’s crafts you can find a bag of silk fall leaves for around $1.99. 
These seem to add more interest and dimension to the display and can be seen here with Mary Englebreit posters. 


Last December when I was shopping for Christmas treats for my student helpers, I came across three bunches of preserved fall leaves at my local grocery store.  Three bunches for $.99 cents.  Now that’s a bargain to a scrapbooker and a library tech. 
If you are fortunate enough to live where the leaves change, you can check out this web site for instructions on drying leaves yourself.


By separating the leaf bunch into
sections, I was able to cover the metal edge of
the board and draw attention to the colorful book book jackets that I featured for this month.  image 2
By loosely attaching the leaves,
it looks like they are falling in an October breeze. 



Can I talk anymore about how much I LOVE the Cricut Expressions machine?  If you are lucky enough to have this machine, or know someone who you can enlist to be your new best friend…so you can borrow it from time to time…you can quickly cut out the saying for the bulletin board in no time at all. 

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In about an hour, I had this bright, eye catching display ready for my students. 
Hope that you too are able to fall into one of the many new YA novels that are being released this fall.  Happy Reading!

The Graveyard Book

September 20, 2009


With the lack of available funding, often it is several months before we get new YA novels in the library. Let’s be honest…sometimes we only get new books when I go out and purchase them with my own money.  I am not complaining, there’s nothing I enjoy more than wandering a book store for hours, unless of course it’s curled up in a comfy chair with hot tea and a good book.  However, Hot Hubby can be a bit discouraged when he sees the bank balance dipping below safe levels. 

My sister-in-law kindly passed along the next “new” book for my library.  Her book club has just finished reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  In early 2009, The Graveyard Book was awarded by ALA, the John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature.  I think the cover is fascinating.  Do you see what I see? 

I was doing research for next month’s bulletin boards and I came across a book trailer for The Graveyard Book, that you can see at the link below.

Mr. Gaiman actually kept me company this weekend.  While I was printing photos, finding ideas and using my Cricut for lettering, etcetera, I found the site below.  It has videos of Mr. Gaiman reading all the chapters of his book while on tour around the country. 
Excellent!  I can’t decide whether to have him read the rest of it to me, or if I shall curl up in the comfy chair, and read it myself. 
…I do have a weakness for English accents.  Enjoy.