Teen Book Displays

This fall I was given a new opportunity at my library. I was allowed to use the “empty wall space” leading into our Young Adult Room as a kind of bulletin board. I’ve been the “Head of Teen Services” (a completely made up by me title) at my library for a little over 2 years now and I have really enjoyed working with the teens and selecting new Young Adult items. I was ecstatic for this new wall space because it finally meant that all of my Pinterest Library Book Display dreams could come true!

The wall space is just that… a wall. Not a bulletin board. So everything has to be carefully attached with scotch tape in the hopes that it will not peel any paint off in the process (it hasn’t yet!). I will say that I do get most of my ideas from Pinterest, but I try my best not to outright completely copy someone.

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At the beginning of September I put up my “Fall for Books” display. In our Young Adult Room we have 2 chest height shelving units that I use to display books on top of. For September I displayed a lot of YA books that were about “high school” and “high school teen drama” (isn’t that like, every YA book???). I found a gorgeous fall tree idea on Pinterest that looked ridiculously hard to make so I modified it to fit my lazy craft style. The tree trunk is several pieces of brown construction paper (without the leaves, the tree trunk actually kind of looked like a dancing bear). The red, yellow, and green leaves are also made from construction paper. The book pages leaves are… dun dun dun… made from a book! I know, I know! How dare I cut up a book! Truthfully, it was Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes. The book had been donated to the library earlier that week and it had clearly lived in someone’s basement. It smelled very musty-dusty and the cover was warped with water damage. I ripped out the best looking pages and used them for my leaves (see, re-purposing, it’s ok!). My “Fall for Books” phrase was graciously made by my supervisor’s Cricut Machine (they are magic and every library should own one!).

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For October we had a contest that was put on by our T.A.B. (Teen Advisory Board). They had recently chosen an adorable green monster as their new mascot and they wanted the public’s help naming him. I had scrap paper, pencils, and a huge jar on a nearby bookshelf and patrons could vote for their favorite name once a day and the winning name, with the most votes, would be announced on Halloween! My teens absolutely loved this contest and they got very competitive with each other. Each member of T.A.B. chose a name and then tried to convince everyone they knew to vote for it. The names were: Norman, J. K. Growling, Edgar, Chewy, Bucktooth, Fred, and Wilson. We had a staggering amount of votes by the end of the month, 291 votes total! The name Norman won with 72 votes! For this display I had a poster made by our local print shop, Max Graphics. The word bubble, instructions, and names were printed and then glued onto different colored construction paper. The Norman poster now lives in our Young Adult Room and we also add his image to all of our teen related posters. While this was up, I displayed all of our brand new YA books that had just come in.

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In November I put up one of my favorite displays so far! “We Read A Latte Books!” I found this idea (and 50 other similar ones) on Pinterest. I started by roving through the Young Adult Room and picking out books with really eye-catching or interesting covers. I then used our library’s color copier and copied the front covers. I found a simple clip art image of a mug and used that to trace and cut the main part of the mug and the handle. After that I used brown construction paper and traced and cut ovals to fit right behind the lip of my mugs. I taped the ovals into place and voila – you have an adorable paper coffee mug! The “We Read A Latte Books!” phrase was printed out, glued onto construction paper, and then laminated (so I can use it again!). For the shelf display, I put up all of the books that I used to create the mugs.

My final display of the year was a “Christmas Present” and “Elf” themed display in December. Again, I found this display idea on Pinterest and fell in love with it! I found 2 different “Elf” ideas that I kind of smushed into one display. I started by searching for the split pose of Will Ferrell on Google images. I then inserted that image into an 11 x 16 size Publisher document. I added the 2 book covers (Let It Snow and A Christmas Carol) that he is holding, and the phrase “Don’t be a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins! Check Out These Books!” I also created a second poster that was just green text on a red background that said “I just love to read! Reading’s my favorite!” I printed both of these posters out and laminated them. I then chose books that had covers that were set in winter, or had winter blue or purple colors on them. I copied the covers on our color copier and cut them into different size “presents.” I cut out ribbon and bows using construction paper. For the shelf display, I put up all of the books that I used to make the presents and also a few “Winter Holiday” themed YA books.

I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year! And may your 2017 be better than your 2016 (cuz last year sucked)!

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2 thoughts on “Teen Book Displays

    • alyssamaeharvey says:

      I have tried sticky tack in the past, but it gets really hot down in the YA room and the sticky tack will kind of melt into the wall and it always peels the paint off when I try to take it off.

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