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Five Quick Tips for Book Displays

For the past few months at the library, it’s all about the book displays! I’ve been working on our new centralized display area, as well as some other face-out displays on acrylic holders. It’s been wonderful getting to work on displays again and I love promoting our materials this way! And now…I give you my five quick tips for book displays:

Keep your sign short and sweet.
I love being creative and creating display pieces, but I have recently adopted the idea of “less is more”. Since I manage so much more at this library than I did in times past, I love taking advantage of signs that are already pre-made or tweaking signs to serve my purpose. My library uses LibraryAware and I love it, but there are other sources such as Canva.

Books and booklist on an acrylic display holder, with a sign that reads "Friends and Family Books: It's the perfect weather to spend time reading together."
[Picture of “Family and Friends” beginning reader display. Photo courtesy of the author.]

Diversify your displays.
Make sure that you’re reflecting your community in your book displays. I make sure to put diverse titles face-out, as well as try to show #ownvoices books. It’s important to me that my community sees themselves in all displays. And I’m not just talking about “Black History Month” or “Spanish Heritage Month” — show everyday diversity as well!

Use different kinds of formats.
I want my patrons to see all different kinds of way to learn and use the library. So I make sure to spotlight movies, CDs, tablets, games, and more in our book displays, especially in our centralized area for all ages. I don’t limit my display to fiction or non-fiction and I include different kinds of books as well (picture, chapter, readers, etc.).

Picture of display with three shelves; dinosaur materials are featured; sign reads "We Heart When You Check Out Our Dinosaur Books".
[Dinosaur display; note the different materials. Photo courtesy of the author.]

Keep them stocked.
This one may seem basic, but you’d be surprised at how quickly you can look up and see an empty display. I stock my book displays at least once a day when I’m working, but I also communicate with other staff members about how to refill the display. Each display has a washi tape band on the spine so that pages can take recently returned materials and return them to the display.

Update them seamlessly.
Since everyone in our department is responsible for the book displays, we needed a way to communicate with one another about when and who updates them. We track our displays through a Google doc my co-worker created so that all desk staff know the display schedule and what topics we’re planning. It also lets us talk with the next person responsible for each area to make sure that our shelves are never empty.

How do you do displays in your library? Any tried and true tips that I missed? Feel free to add them in the comments!

– Katie Salo
Early Literacy Librarian
Indian Prairie Public Library
http://storytimekatie.com

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