October 2009, Volume 1, Issue 10
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Using space creatively in Custer and Hermosa
Do you wish you had more space for a notice board or wall advertising? Custer County Library has a great idea. They took some of their low shelving in the children’s area and reinforced one side with bulletin boards. The shelves face out into one of the main aisles so they can be easily seen. There is space for decoration and a board that shows the events and activities of the local schools.
The Hermosa Library found a way to jazz up its walls and keep track of how many books children read over the summer. Librarian Roberta (Bert) Upton created a vine to cover their walls. Each time a child read a book they got a small green paper leaf with their name on it to put on the vine. At the end of their program the vine went over halfway around the library. This could easily be done in fall colors and spring flowers as well.
Here’s an idea from some Australian public libraries
Drawing inspiration from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares, this voluntary program has four pairs of jeans traveling around to public libraries, with participating libraries decorating the jeans and hosting programs or displays based around the theme before sending the jeans to the next library. A variety of materials can be (and have been) used to decorate the jeans, including paint, stenciling, embroidery and beadwork. Libraries have developed a range of related workshops, film nights and displays. Libraries have been encouraged to take photos of the jeans in iconic locations, inviting local schools or youth organizations to be creative and artistic.