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    Organizing activities and competitions is fun but sometimes you might want some inspiration. I've collected ideas and posted them in our activity lists below. What about a Jelly Bean Competition?
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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like. Write down what materials and tools you will 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....
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Your job will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle. The staples will stick out a bit at one side - perfect to get hold of them with pliers and pull them out when you change displays.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools when 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 Summer Reading display.
  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. 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.

Best Beastly Books

Quote Ingrid Bergman: 'I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn't shut up!'

To highlight different genres, this term we compiled a selection of fiction books in our Library that have animals as a main theme.

Usually I use a plexiglass poster sign to tell our readers what type of genre is on display but this time I wanted to give the display more prominence so I put a plush fabric lion – that my colleague Lesley had stored in her basement – on the top of the bookcase.

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To attract even more attention, I stapled some bright yellow tiger masks to cardboard boxes (left over from previous displays) and put them beside the shelving unit. Success guaranteed!

I bought these tigers masks for a previous display; I love recycling. If you click here it will bring you to the DANCE OF THE TIGERS a display about Theatre where I used very colourful fabric as a background for heaps of these tiger masks.

For this display I stapled the sides to cardboard boxed – again a leftover from a previous display  called: POETRY IN MOTION – covered in sheet music paper and with words all over them or other themes from displays long gone.

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What you need:

Plush Fabric animal(s) – New or from the Op Shop / neighbor / friend's basement

Animal masks – Geoff or Joe's Emporium / $Dollarshop

Cardboard boxes from the supermarket, covered with paper or fabric

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The bookcase looks a bit empty but after getting the animals settled we filled the cubicles up……..You could even put smaller animals in some of the cubby holes. I'm sure our students would love to take them out and hug them.

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