This summer I took a little while to explore Pinterest in hopes that I would find some inspiration for my new media center home this year. Crafts somehow seem to excite me! Of course, Pinterest did not disappoint in my search for great library displays! The one site that I found through Pinterest that I loved is Hafuboti, which shows library displays in a public children’s library space. The designs were incredibly awesome!
After looking at Hafuboti and several other sites, I decided to go with the media center theme “Read a Rainbow” for the upcoming school year. I figure that most of our elementary school titles are bright and eye-catching and are made of a rainbow of colors, which could be helpful in drawing in my students! Here is my bulletin board that I made for the entrance to our media center. The Read letters are made from book pages and are backed by scrapbooking papers. It was made from a book that I didn’t particularly enjoy (Yes, I did cut it up and I’ll never tell the title). The Rainbow letters are made from scrapbooking papers with book pages for the backing. The board was initially covered with a nice teal fabric from WalMart with double borders (an apple green on the inside, which was covered by a yellow, black, and polka dot border on the outside). I think I may still add a few photographs of book covers and place them under the color of their cover in the word Rainbow on the bulletin board.
Another little craft that I made for The Merry Media Center @KBS is a sign-in book. This book is a necessity in tracking the number of students that visit our media center each month to help us with accurate data tracking to report for our school district. As individual students come into our media center, it is a procedure for them to sign in at the circulation desk. At the end of each day my media assistant and I tally the number of students beside the place where they have signed. Having a crafty little sign-in book just makes me smile!
To make this sign-in book, I used a regular five subject notebook and some scrapbook paper. I cut the scrapbook paper to fit the cover and added a contrasting color to the middle. The letters are stickers that I got from a local craft store. The star and tags were scrapbooking pieces that i already had around the house. The ribbon was tied to the spiral binding just for fun!
Before school starts back, I have a couple of other little craft ideas that I hope to accomplish in order to make our media center space a little brighter and more fun for my students!