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    Organizing activities and competitions can be fun but there are times you need some fresh input. In the activity drop-down menu below, you can find heaps of ideas. What about a Paper Plane Competition?
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  • TIP: Think inside the hat!

    Party hats, store-bought or made from pages of an old book or scrap paper are very useful for a display. You can staple the hat to the board as a container for whatever you want to showcase. Or hang them in front of the board filled with little notes, poems, toy animals or whatever takes your fancy
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Removing old display items will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle when you tack items to the board. The staples will stick out at one side - perfect to get hold of and pull them out when you change displays.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools for creating displays. You can attach all sorts of materials like hard plastic, metal, fabric and everything else you can think off. Be careful with your fingers (blow - blow) the glue is very hot and you easily get blisters
  • TIP: Create a 3D effect!

    Create a 3D effect by hanging objects in front of the display board, like fish in a Sea Life display or lanterns in a Spring or Garden display.
  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. It all becomes a blur. Each object needs its own space. Think of a shop window that is more than full with appliances, you can’t distinguish one object from the other, while carefully placed objects attract the attention.

Student Librarian Activities /Rewards

To reward student librarians you can organize a range of activities. Kids LOVE to eat, that's why I'll start with the foody activities:


Shared lunch – each student librarian brings a treat. That can be a package of crisps from the supermarket or muffins made by mum. Depending on the number of student librarians the lunch can be quite substantial. Put a nice cover on the table and use card tiers you can buy in different patterns in nearly every 2$ shop the presententation will be mindblowing. Student Librarians love it.

Cup cake competition – all student librarians bring decorated cupcake(s). Made by themselves,  mum or store-bought; the decoration needs to have been done by the student. Place all cup cakes on nice plates. Let the students have their input or make clear that the Librarian(s) decide which one is the most beautiful. The winner receives a voucher or book or whatever prize fits the budget. A photo of the winning cup cake on the blog or Library website is always appreciated.

Special Student Sandwich – All student librarians make 4 sandwiches filled with savory products such as cream cheese, ham, gurken, onions, lettuce etc. They can eat two of their own and put the two others on the big plate in the middle of the table. Making it a competiton ensures that they create a tasty sandwich. Photo enlarged on A4 with recepy on the blog works wonders….

Pizza lunch – To make it easy for the Librarians – and with a fitting budget you can order a couple of pizzas. It is amazing what a couple of young kids can stow away so don't underestimate the number of pizzas you will need to feed them well. Ask if there are vegetarians, vegans or students with allergic reactions to wheat, nuts, eggs etc. You don't want half the team watching the others eat! Students can be asked to bring juice or lemonade or the Library can provide a few bottles of frizzie drinks.

Bake-off – Each student brings sweet treats made by themselves. Organize it for a Monday lunch so they have the time to cook it on Sunday (:-) If students have an allergy they can savely eat their own bakings. Have paper plates ready for presentation and for students to make a selection of their favorite treats. Make sure you have decided who the winner of the Bake-off is before everybody tucks in….because in no time the food will be gone. For a cooking display I created a while ago a number of laminated chef hats: http://test.ralphohara.com/creativelibrarydisplays/culinary/whet-your-appetite.php  From another occasion we had a red apron with the quote: 'Keep Calm And Read'. The winner received the apron as a prize and with the chef's hat attached to his forehead we made a nice picture of him for the Library blog. He looks like a cat who got to the cream.


Student Librarian Of The Week – After the new student librarians have been coming in for a while you get to know them quite well. To give them an incentive to be the best student librarian you can choose a student librarian of the week. Take a photo of them, chop off below the neck and photoshop it on on a film, book or populair character. Or cut and paste the printed photo of the student librarians and paste the head to poster of fitting character. Make sure you respect the person. Have it printed on A3 and attached to a board. Display it on a prominent place so all library visitors can spot it easily. The students love it, they post it on Facebook and try to be the next on display.

Book choice – Invite a book shop owner to the library to have a talk about books. Ask them to bring a couple of boxes of the newest titles on approval and let each student pick a book of their choice. To make sure that the books fit your collection you can request specific titles or books on specific topics to be included in the boxes so you're pretty sure you want to purchase those.The purchase makes the book supplier happy and the student librarians feel they are included in the development of the collection. If you add some popcorn or chips to the event (yes food again) it will be a treat for all.





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