Along with working on bulletin boards I’ve been generating a list of ideas to liven up my displays in the library. I’m guilty of laziness and usually put books out by theme with very little fanfare.
Just another area where I’m seeking improvement!
One of the ideas I’ve seen is to have Shelf Talkers ready to put with books out on display. There are several ways to get the books to ‘talk’ to your students and encourage checkout. The simplest I’ve seen lately is to put these speech bubble signs, attached to shelf markers or bookmarks, and tuck them into books that might be overlooked on the shelves.
Each of these can be quickly displayed with a book that is sitting out on top of the shelf. After a student chooses the book with the Shelf Talker it can be easily slipped out of the book. The student can leave it at the circulation desk or put it in another book for display. I like the idea of empowering students to make recommendations. This is an easy way to encourage participation. I’ve designed a dozen speech bubble shelf talkers that are yours for the download!
|Speech Bubble Shelf Talkers @ Google Drive
There are other ways to have your books and shelves ‘talk’ to your students. In bookstores and at book fairs recommended or advertised titles are often flagged with a slip of paper hanging over the shelf. Sometimes staff have written their personal recommendation for the book. Students in your library are good sources for reviews. If I were to try this I would have students review a series or author so the review could stay on the shelf with enough of a selection for other students to browse. For now, I’m starting small and simple, one shelf talker at a time.