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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?
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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.

Olympic Games Display

It is amazing what you can do with so little. It all comes down to boldness.

This is a quick display to show our support for the Olympic Games. A collection of books, a bit of copying and laminating and a blob of blu tac to attach the posters to the glass wall and there you go.

You can, of course, highlight the athletes of your own country or give a general overview because if you’re qualified for the Games you deserve to be on a pedestal.
Our library has several wooden pedestals and I grabbed one of them to emphasize the history of the Games.

I copied lots of images (Google free online images), ripped some articles to pieces and stapled them with some creative flair to the pedestal. With a beautiful book on top and a couple of books around it the display easily took shape.


  What you need:

  • Copied images (book or Google – images) Laminated or plain
  • A pedestal to create levels. If you don’t have a pedestal a large box, free from any appliance shop, is a good substitute.
  • Blu Tac, tape and stapler

 What to do:

  • Rip the images in interesting parts and staple or paste to the pedestal
  • Glue the laminated images to the (glass) wall. If you have a glass wall make sure you mirror the images on the other side. Seeing big blobs of blu tac is not a great sight….
  • Place the books on stands and arrange around the pedestal
  • If you want to ramp it up cover some shoeboxes with wrapping paper (or newspaper about the Games) and make a tri-level podium.


The laminated posters on the wall look great and give an overview of the Olympic through the years.

This display is easy to make, is very accessible. You can make it with material from your own library or bookshop and doesn’t require any expensive or elaborate materials or tools.

You can expend it with a (fake) cup, medals, ribbons and whatnot. A bit of bling bling to attract the attention wouldn’t hurt.

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