The mid-term break has passed by all too quickly, and now it is time to get the library in the mood for the winter months. Apart from using walls, windows, boxes and the usual signage stands, have you ever considered using the floor as well?
We have a carpeted floor, so velcro dots are a must to secure the images to the floor. They seem to work quite well, especially when the images are laminated. Making the letters as large as possible (35cm in this case) helps create a great impact.
The end of term has brought about another library week for us - this year's theme being 'Heroic Women'.
To help create a strong message for the school, the library has been decorated, with out main image being a dramatic and powerful woman in the library.
Created with waste paper, glue, paint and swathes of smart-fab, she has created quite a bit of buzz and comment.
We managed to finish our recycled books, 'library korowai' in time for Matariki, and it has caused a bit of a stir. It was a great collaborative activity, with he students proud of the 'feathers' they made to create this little art piece.
It was also a great way to repurpose those sad books that have been withdrawn - this way they live again!
World Refugee Day is nearly upon us (20 June) and sadly, there are more refugees in the world today than ever before. We've created a few posters to help publicise this special day, and hope it helps raise awareness of the plight of millions of people displaced around the globe.
If you need a resource to really spark conversation, Warsan Shire's poem 'Home' is a brilliant, shocking, sad and utterly memorable. Visit her online, or if you need a copy of the poem directly, please follow HERE
A rendition of the poem is also available on Youtube:
It is so much fun in the lead up to Matariki. We have a little desk display with a mini kahu huruhuru to inspire the students, as well as our interactive, 'join in' display going full steam ahead. I guess the next thing will be to assemble the cloak with the paper feathers. Should be a lot of fun!
So very much looking forward to another year of Matariki celebrations this month. It is such a wonderful time for food, friends, memories and future plans.
We are celebrating here in the library, with a collaborative, hands-on display/activity. The aim is to create a permanent kahu huruhuru for the library, but instead of using more traditional methods and bird feathers, we are going to make it out of paper feathers. The paper, will of course, be from our withdrawn library books, so that they may get a new life as works of art.
The templates have been made up, pages torn out, and paper feathers have already been started to help get the momentum going.
Hurray for Samoan Language Week here in New Zealand.
As our creative bookmarks are a real hit with the students, Samoan Language week is a brilliant reason to create some new art and produce some lovely bookmarks. They have been a real hit with both students and staff, as has our display to celebrate the language. If anyone wants a copy of either the poster we use in our school library display, or the bookmark, do drop us a line.
#Samoan Language Week #Librarians #Bookmarks #Gagana Samoa
Various media outlets and public opinion is running hot these days debating the epidemic proportions of our single-use plastic bags. To help give our students a viewpoint from both sides, we decided on double-sided display discussing the pro's and con's of singe-use plastic bags versus cloth bags.
In our display, we used the large-format posters printed onto a few sheets of A3 paper, created QR codes to link student directly to useful sites discussing both single-use plastic bag pollution as well as pollution-processes involved in creating more durable bags. We added books from our collection, as well as pattern with instructions on how students and staff could make their own reusable shopping bags.
It worked well for us, how about you?
Someone asked me a really good questions the other day, and I just couldn't find a concise answer for it: 'So where do you start from?' (when it comes to creating posters).
There really is no official 'starting point' to any of the posters online - they sort of come to me organically: a suggestion, a few words here or there, a great line from a book, a striking image, or a fun colour combination. And yes, it does take a while and a number of drafts and recreations!
I really enjoy working visually, and get a lot of help from online courses and tips found on sites like Lynda.com.
#librarygraphics #lynda.com #onlinelearning #havingfun #sharing #collaborating #creativity
After debating which poster to use to commemorate ANZAC day, we finally selected 'The Ode' to contrast with the knitted poppies that had been created by students and staff back in 2015.
It was printed out on four sheets of A3 paper, via the 'poster print' option, and then cut and stuck together the old fashioned way using glue sticks, scissors and some sellotape to reinforce it all.
The black and white graphics of the poster worked really well with the gorgeous, different shades of red in the variety of knitted poppies, and we had lots of positive comments from people who passed by.
We would love to see anyone else's displays, and show them to the rest of the world for inspiration!
#librarygraphcs #ANZAC #NewZealand #Librarydisplays #Libraries #Displays