Thursday, January 30, 2014

January Bulletin Boards & Book Displays

I thought I'd share our January displays and bulletin board before the month is officially over. Luckily, this month's themes are pretty universal, so they'd work just as well any other time of the year.

In the library we went with a black and white color scheme and a "Get Inspired" theme. We hung white puff balls (snow?) leftover from a bridal shower and made large, over-sized silhouettes to define the book types at each display. This meant a jumbo chef's hat by the food books, a sled by the sports books, and a pair of scissors by the craft books.

Our bulletin board was inspired by this pin. I thought it was a great January idea as the board's title is "Happy New Beginnings." The board displays the first line from 12 different books. When students lift the flap, they see a photo of the book cover that corresponds to that quote. I tried to pick titles that had really great first lines -- it was harder than you'd think!

I'm especially drawn to boards like this with an interactive, game style component.

From left to right, starting with the top row, the books are:
  • Farhenheit 451- "It was a pleasure to burn."
  • Holes - "There is no lake at Camp Green Lake"
  • 1984 - "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
  • Pride and Prejudice - "It is a truth universally acknowledge that a single man in possession of a good fortune must in want of a wife."
  • Chains - "The best time to talk to ghosts is just before the sun comes up."
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - "Once upon a time there was a pair of pants."
  • Uglies - "We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck."
  • Feed - "The early morning sky was the color of cat vomit."
  • The Fault in Our Stars - "Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”
  • Harry Potter - "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal."
  • Stormbreaker - "When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it's never good news."
  • Delirium - "It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease and forty-three since scientists perfected a cure."