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  • Activities and Competitions

    Organizing activities and competitions is fun but there are times you need some fresh ideas. In the activity drop-down menu below, you can find heaps of ideas. What about a Paper Plane Competition?
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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    I wasn't particularly good at it myself - I'm an ad hoc person - but it was one of my recommendations when I gave display workshops: Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like Write down what materials and tools you'll need Create a time-line / checklist: This week copying and laminating - Next week: buy or beg materials - Two weeks: covering display boxes with matching paper - Three weeks: collect books matching the display etc. till you reach D-day and start getting nervous....
  • 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.

Challenge – obstacle or opportunity?

Life is a challenge. We all face borders, bars and fences at some stage of our life but it is our choice whether we see them as obstacles or opportunities. Not that the choice is an easy one. Sometimes we have to challenge ourselves to be more courageous and step over that line that makes the difference between feeling secure and safe or insecure and out of our comfort zone but will help us grow mentally , emotionally or socially.  

My challenge with this display was to find a way of showing what challenge means to me and make that view accessible to the users of the library.

The big eye in the middle of the display board was the starting point of this display because it is all about how we see the world, events that happen to us and how we process those happenings. Events are what they are but our personal view determines what they become.

I planned to use step ladders and bars made from bamboo and I even thought of  using some plastic transparent packaging for blinds we bought recently which I’ve saved just in case….. (While my partner shakes his head and wonders….). They could symbolize the unseen restrictions we face. Maybe next time … The colour scheme, triangles and phrases are dramatic enough.

What you need:

  • Gold and pink wrapping paper for the back ground
  • 4 sheets of white A3 paper to cover the top half of the display panel
  • Pins and twine or string to line out the triangles and a ruler
  • Title – printed in colour and on A3 – laminated and cut out (notice the white parts)
  • Words: borders, bars, fences, mountains, bridges, obstacles or opportunities – printed in colour and laminated

  • What you need for the eye:
       Black card to outline the shape of the eye
       Pink iris with little gray streaks in it and black pupil, laminated
       Black laminated paper to cut out eye lashes
       White paper to represent the white of the eye         
       A little piece of flesh colour paper for the inside corner of the eye
  • Black card for the top of the title board
  •  Carton boxes to use as book displays. I use the same boxes over and over again. I just cover them over (see: ‘Floral art and flying beauties’)

What to do:

  • Find the center of the top of the board to the center of each side of the board. Put a pin in the center of the top of the board, tie a string to it and pull it across to the center of the left side of the board and pin it there as well. Use a ruler to follow the twine from top pin to left pin and draw a line. Do the same to the right side. Cut the triangle you just drew and use this blue print to cut out the pink triangles

  • Use the same blue print to cut out a triangle from the pink wrapping paper featuring the width of the board but now use the ‘left over’ part not the triangle to cover the bottom part of the middle board to create a V-shape under the triangle


  • Use also two triangles for the board above the panels. You can use them ‘top up’ or ‘top down’ or alternate like I did in this display

  • Cover the top of the panels with the gold wrapping paper and the bottom part with the pink paper.
  • Mark the middle of the horizontal and vertical bars of the panels and pin the pink triangles to the board


  • When you’re sure the triangles are correct staple them to the board. Staple them at an angle (see display tips) to make sure they are easy to remove.




  • I covered the title board above the panels with gold wrapping paper and bordered it with black card on the top to cover the white chef hats from the display on the other side (see cooking display: ‘Whet your appetite’)

  • Attach the title to the board. There was not enough space to have all the letters on the same line because of the wooden bar that holds up the title board so I stapled them around the bar. This gives it a nice adventurous swing

  • Attach the eye to the middle board. Pin it first and staple it when sure it’s at the right place

  • Attach the words to the left and right panels. Use a ruler to secure them exactly horizontally. I often think I can do it by eyesight but when I use the ruler to check it’s always wrong… These days I follow my own advice!! Again: pin them first to see if the place you want them is right. If not you can easily move them to the left or right or lower/ higher

  • Step back and check how the display looks from a distance. Walk away, have a drink, focus on something else and look with a fresh eye

  • Cover the boxes with left over wrapping paper and secure the book stands to them with a little piece of tape


  • Get the books matching the theme and arrange them in an attractive way

    Step back again and enjoy your creation, make photos and send them to this website with a short description of your vision of this theme. It would be great to show different varieties of the same display on this website


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