March is Women’s History Month and Wednesday 8th March is International Women’s Day.
To mark the day I have been working on a display and creating rosettes with the colours of the Women’s Sufferage Movement and utilising classic and contemporary slogans.
I have created a blank .pdf rosette that students can use to create their own, downloadable here:
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To go with the display I have been adapting classic photos of Suffragettes but with modern slogans on their banners.
These are downloadable here:
As Oscars Season is just round the corner I have put together some resources to aid library staff in schools and public libraries to put together a display of books that have been adapted into movies. An A4 colour Oscar Reading poster and five A3 pages of books for children and young people that have been adapted for the silver screen in film strips.
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If anyone would like to create their own filmstrips with book covers you can download the transparent film strip here:
My School Library, while being a classically beautiful and retro (in appearance) library space while at the same time managing to be fairly modern in offering a relevant, 21st Century service is rather limited in display space, owing to nearly every available wall being covered in bookshelves.
In December of 2015 I decided to turn my storage cupboard (one of the few usable forward-facing flat spaces) into a display board, which you can see on the left alongside my beautiful grandmother clock.
The other flat spaces are between the windows, but use of this space is tricky due to the ban on anything sticky being attached to painted walls. To get round this, I attached poster paper to the window frames on each side to create a semi-permanent display advertising the library clubs that I run on a weekly basis
Has anyone else had to get round limited display space in inventive ways? If yes I would be interested in hearing how this was accomplished.
I started planning a display on the Paris Attacks the day after they happened. Initially I was planning on using reports from the various news agencies around the world to give an international perspective on what was happening in Paris. This idea did not last long as there was so much information being generated that I could have papered the library with everything that was available.
Another are of concern was the fact that as a boarding school, I work with a large number of students that have English as a second language and I wanted one display for everyone. Fortunately The Day has created a report on the attacks that they have made free to use
I also used the sketch by French artist Jean Jullien,
the teachings of Islam from a tweet by Khaled AL Homsi
to show that what the terrorists do is not in the name of the faith they profess
and the joint statement from the London Mosques denouncing this crime against humanity.
I included a travel guide on Paris, the World Book Encyclopedia entry on Paris as well as a book on being Muslim, The Times and The Guardian newspapers from today, an explanation of why Da’esh is being used by a growing number of people and organisations instead of ISIS & ISIL and three general information books on terrorism.
Lastly, I added a sketch from French cartoonist & film-maker Joann Sfar to stimulate conversation about religion and secularism
For the rest of the school year I will be celebrating genre fiction (& relevant non-fiction) in my library display space. I have decided to start with crime as everyone loves a good mystery.
I am hoping to extend the displays into the next school year to introduce readers to the best that genre fiction has to offer
My idea is for these displays to rotate and with each cycle they will grow and evolve to grab the attention of browsing students.
Books so good the only CRIME is not reading them!
A book list will follow.