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  • Activities and Competitions

    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?
  • Activities

  • 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.

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 easy.

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 and psychologically.

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

The big eye in the middle of the display board was the starting point because it is all about how we see the world, the events that happen to us and how we process those occurrences. 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….. (My partner shakes his head and wonders….). They could symbolize the unseen restrictions we face. Maybe next time … The color scheme, triangles and phrases are dramatic enough.

What you need:

  • Gold and pink wrapping paper for the background
  • 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 color and on A3 – laminated and cut out (notice the white parts)
  • Words: borders, bars, fences, mountains, bridges, obstacles or opportunities – printed in color 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.

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 blueprint to cut out the pink triangles


  • Use the same blueprint to cut out a triangle from the pink wrapping paper featuring the width of the board but now use the ‘leftover’ 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 ‘point up’ or ‘point down’ or alternate like I did.
  • 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 leftover 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 wayStep back again and enjoy your creation

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