Bulletin Board Planning

Last summer Susie and I worked on a bulletin board for Library Card Month. For various reasons and circumstances the bulletin board stayed up all year long. It was never my intention to leave it up so long, but one day just kind of ran into the next one.

Snoopy Has a Library Card! Do You?
After taking the board down the last week of school I vowed to not be stuck uninspired for the coming year. One day during a quiet few minutes I looked at Susie, our library assistant (but I hate typing library assistant because she is the beating heart of our library), and said, “Get out your phone. Pinterest. Bulletin Board ideas. Go!”

For 15 minutes we used our phones (Pinterest is blocked by our filters) and wrote down ideas for the entire year. Anything was fair game and our list quickly grew!

I printed a stack of my Bulletin Board Planning Guides and started sketching out each idea. If you’d like a copy, the PDF is here.  The beginning of my summer binge marathon of Buffy was a nice companion to all the sketching and planning I did. Bulletin_Board_Plan

The next night I decided which font would work for each design. The night after that I typed all of the letters into a document I set up to reverse outlined letters so that I could quickly print the letters on cardstock.

A few days later I started printing the letters, put them in a gallon Ziploc with the sketched out plan, and now I have a stack of Ziplocs with a pair of scissors stashed by my couch.

TV time is cutting time. By the time September comes along I should have most of the hard work of the bulletin boards finished! When it comes time to put up the bulletin board, I’ll have all of the parts and I’ll know how they should fit on the wall.

Bulletin board parts stored in Ziploc bag with the sketched out plan for the board.

July 3, 2016
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  • Reply Kathryn Judson

    Love it!! I made a plan last year for each month but I didn’t have all the “parts” ready and so only about half got done. Great idea!

    July 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm
    • Reply Carolyn

      Sometimes just having a plan in writing helps me out–that’s what I do with my pacing guide each year. I was so embarrassed that the Snoopy Board stayed up all year. I had to do something drastic! The other thing I want to do with bulletin boards (and we do this a little bit in our county already) is that we trade between the libraries. If I’m finished with a board, I pass the pieces on to someone else.

      July 3, 2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    Love the idea for sharing bulletin boards! I sent my mentee a great Lego board I had (it stayed up all year, too, but who doesn’t love Legos!!) It was so much work, I couldn’t throw it out and I wouldn’t reuse it. Mentee was thrilled!

    July 3, 2016 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Kathryn Judson

    Just wanted to add-I got the idea of a caption contest from your blog where you had seen someone else use it and attached an example. I had my husband make a wooden frame that fit a standard poster board and put that up all year. I did change that once a month and was usually drawing and coloring it the night before… It was very cute (and fun!) and the kids got better at creating captions as the year went on. I hung them in all in our reading room for a display all year.

    July 6, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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