January and February Book Displays

Hello groovy internet people! I wanted to share the book displays I did in January and February for my library’s Young Adult room.

For January my theme was “Chill out… with a cool read.” As I always do I found some inspiration from Pinterest, combined a few ideas, and came up with this one! I printed the words out in blue color and picked a font that kind of made it look like the letters were shaking because they were so cold. I found some adorable polar bear pictures that I laminated (so I can use them again!). I made the snowflakes from a water damaged book that we had to get rid of – if I remember correctly it wasΒ The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Don’t Worry! I promise we are replacing it! I also made “snowballs” from color copies of some of our new/popular YA books. I wanted to mix new young adult books and some older ones to encourage the teens to browse more on the shelves and not just pick up whatever is on the new cart. Everyone seemed to like it – though I did have one patron say that “it looks too busy” so I will try and keep that in mind from now on πŸ™‚

For February my theme has been “Fall in Love with a Good Book!” I basically ripped this one right off from Pinterest. I saw about a dozen different versions of this online, but I don’t have a lot of wall space to work with, so I had to adjust it. Instead of making a giant swirling circle, I went with a big swish. The smaller hearts are made of construction paper and book pages (from a discarded book – don’t worry!) and they were cut out using a die-cut machine. The giant heart is also made out of construction paper and was made from a giant die-cut. I took a few of the middle sections of the discarded book and carefully cut them out so they were still attached by the binding. I took the two middle pages and stapled/taped them together to create a heart shape. We had run out of sticky-tack so I attached the “book” to the wall with tape, and shockingly it is still up! I though for sure that it was too heavy and would have fallen down by now, but so far-so good! On the main shelves in our YA room I displayed a bunch of lovey-dovey teen romances.

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My Top 10 Favorite Books… For Now

#1 – Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – This is my all time favorite book. I used to wish I could be Peter Pan or one of the lost boys (yes I was aware that I was a girl) and never have to grow up. I don’t even know how many times I’ve read this book. Probably around 100.

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#2 – Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett – I’ve loved this book since I was a little girl. I really like one of the first movie adaptions of it too. I used to play outside and pretend to be Mary.

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#3 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Caroll – I have a 1920’s print of this book. It is one of my prized possessions.

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#4 – Emma by Jane Austen – Honestly I love all of Jane Austen’s books but Emma is my favorite. It’s a perfect set up for a “chick flick” and it’s funny to think that they had those type of situations back in her era.

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#5 – The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling – Do I really need a reason? I mean it’s freakin Harry Potter. It’s just awesome.

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#6 – Peter and the Starcatchers Series by Dave Barry – This is a great spin-off series of Peter Pan. It’s also printed by Disney so that makes it awesome because Disney is amazing. I’ve read the first 4 books and I love them.

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#7 – Julia of the Wolves Trilogy by Jean Craighead George – This book is a classic adventure/heroine story. My copy has all 3 books in one and it is phenomenal.

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#8 – The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – I didn’t read these books until the summer after my freshman year in college and now I re-read them almost every year.

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#9 – Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry – My aunt bought me this book in Jr. High. At the time I had never read anything like it before and didn’t think much of it. When I re-read it a few summers ago I finally realized how deep this book actually is.

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#10 – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – John Green is my 2nd favorite author and this book really hits home for me. I’ve had several friends’ lives and my life changed due to the affects of cancer.

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*Bonus #11* – The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – These books would keep me up at night. I would think and wonder and plan about what I would do if I was forced into the same situations that they were forced into.

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