Book Spine Poetry, June 2017

This is my last public library display for the foreseeable future. In August 2017 my position at the public library changed, and then in the winter I transitioned to a position at an academic library. I tried to go out with something a little different, and this was a fun display that got patrons involved. The following pictures are my initial attempts at book spine poetry.

The following are poems that I found throughout the month that patrons had put together:

Please feel free to remix/reinvigorate/reuse these materials, I would love to see pictures if you do!

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Women’s History Month, March 2017

Still feeling invigorated by the Women’s March, I put this display together in March of 2017 with one of my favorite posters I’ve ever made, featuring a photo from the collections of the Library of Congress. When selecting materials throughout the month, I made sure to include own voices narratives, women of color, and transwomen.

Please feel free to remix/reinvigorate/reuse these materials, I would love to see pictures if you do!

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Light, December 2016

This is a “Shoot, I forgot I was doing a display and now I have to put one together at the last minute” kinda deal. Nonetheless, it’s one that I’m pretty of proud of. It was during a time that felt particularly hopeless and dark to me, and I could only imagine that others were feeling the same. I also didn’t want to do a traditional holiday display, but a quote from a Doctor Who Christmas special seemed relevant to me at the time: “On every world, wherever people are, everybody stops, and turns, and hugs, as if to say, ‘Well done, well done everyone! We’re halfway out of the dark.'” I wanted to feel like I was halfway out of the dark, and I wanted everyone who might be feeling as hopeless as me to look forward to the light as well.

The books on this display were a combination of light science, spirituality, cultivating hopefulness, and light and color in art.

Please feel free to remix/reinvigorate/reuse these materials, I would love to see pictures if you do!

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Treat Yourself, October 2016

I’ll be the first to admit that this display was particularly self-indulgent. I learned that Donna and Tom’s Treat Yo Self Day from the TV show Parks and Recreation supposedly falls in October and couldn’t not take the opportunity to work that into my display for the month. At its heart this is a display about relaxing, taking care of yourself, and indulging in the finer things, so it was easy to incorporate a wide variety of materials.

My library serves a population with a high number of people experiencing homelessness, so I knew this display could be potentially alienating – not everyone is able to treat themselves in the Tom/Donna way. I tried to emphasize ways of treating yourself and self care that weren’t very costly, such as meditation, as well as including films that cast a critical/observational eye at excess, such as The Bling Ring and The Wolf of Wall Street.

National POET-TREE Month, April 2016

I saw a display similar to this on the School Library Displays blog, and was immediately taken by the idea of a “poet-tree.” My tree was smaller – I made it by anchoring branches in a styrofoam half-dome and placing it all into a small metal bucket. I printed poems onto yellow, green, and gold paper and cut the shapes of leaves around them. Then I punched a hole in each and tied a string through. The idea was for patrons to tie a poem they liked onto the tree, but it hasn’t really caught on. I do think some of the leaves were taken, which is maybe even better. If I did this display again, it might be more of a giving tree. The books of poetry are all by contemporary poets with a focus on POC and female poets. I wanted to express that poetry isn’t old and boring, but current and urgent.

Please feel free to remix/reinvigorate/reuse these materials, I would love to see pictures if you do!

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Small Explanatory Standee

Emoji Reads, April 2016

I totally saw someone do a similar display on Twitter, but I cannot, for the life of me, find the original inspiration. Thank you, kind stranger! I think patrons are a little afraid to check out these books, but according to my coworkers, people are having a fun time trying to figure out the books the emojis describe.

I’m afraid that Apple or someone will come after me if I post the files I used to create this display, so the photos of the finished project will just have to do.

The Roaring Twenties, March 2016

This was by far my most successful display to date. It circulated over 60 items and I was constantly struggling to refill it. It even circulated a book about Duchamp – DUCHAMP, PEOPLE. I’m not one to brag, but I’m pretty sure this display made modernist art a thing again. After my experience with all the stuff for the Native American Heritage Month display, I made no supplemental materials for this one. The poster was made on the Cricut machines in our district’s Makerspace.

 

Native American Heritage Month, November 2015

If you’re interested in this display, I wrote about it’s level of success over at Hack Library School, in a blog entitled, “What Library Displays Taught Me About Effort, Good Intentions, and Failure.” That should give you an idea about how many items this display circulated and how much attention it got, but I’m still pretty proud of what I created for this one. The goal was to feature contemporary Indigenous authors, musicians, and artists, and I created supplementary materials to highlight this. The playlist I curated is available here.

We Are Still Here, and all its accoutrements.

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These are the interactive cards I used to feature Native American artists. While some of the art was from books, most was from HonorTheTreaties.org.

Please feel free to remix/reinvigorate/reuse these materials, I would love to see pictures if you do!

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Artist Profiles

Playlist Cards

The Lefty Hall of Fame, August 2015

The goal of this display was to feature left-handed authors for Left Handers Day, which is August 13th. The poster was designed with my favorite simplified design website, Canva. I wanted to create a hall-of-fame-like gallery, envisioning gilded frames and fancy portraits. It went a little whimsical on me, however, because in the end I decided to make the “gilded frames” technicolor. Due to construction, I got to do this display on a weird tree fixture, and I really like the way it turned out.

Please feel free to remix/reinvigorate/reuse these materials, I would love to see pictures if you do!

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Gallery Portraits