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  • For Activities and Competitions select from the Activity list below

    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?
  • Activities

  • 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.

Spring Into A Book – Origami Spring Display

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Spring is in the air   sheet music 'Spring is in the air'

The days are longer, the light is brighter and trees around the country are bursting with life, showing white, pink and ruby blossoms.

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Helen Muxlow, Library Manager of Te Awa o Tupu, Karori West Normal School, created this fantastic Tree full of Origami blossoms using pages of culled books. She kindly gave me permission to put it on this website. Thanks a million Helen, I love the display and  it fully resonates with my philosophy that you don't need a large budget to create the most beautiful displays…… 

You've done an outstanding job using discarded materials, a lot of labour and a great vision to come up with this idea.


Here is Helen's description of how she did it:

'I used library books which had been retired from circulation (no usable books were injured in the creation of these flowers).

The pages where then trimmed into various sized square sheets and folded into the petal shapes.

I found using a hot glue gun was the most successful means of connecting the petals.

Attaching a partially undone paper clip with a hot glue gun gave me a firm means of positioning and attaching them to the wall with a wall stapler.

blossoms on tree


Origami Flowers – how to make them:  tree trunk

The flowers are called Origami Kusudama Flowers

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Here is a Youtube video which shows you how to make them


And here is a series of images showing you how to make them:-



Origami instructions


total display

What a fantastic way to display your collection!







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