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Library Book Display Ideas

Updated on June 11, 2015
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Grab Readers with Library Book Displays

Library users are often overwhelmed trying to choose from the huge selection of books filling the shelves. Libraries that feature books in displays help overcome that problem. The potential reader has a manageable selection to browse through.

I spent fifteen years of my library career in Baltimore County Public Library. There was a heavy emphasis on merchandising the collection. When I became a library director in Texas, I trained my staff to display books in the stacks, to feature books near the check out area, and to keep our many display racks filled with fresh looking material.

Merchandising and displaying the library's collection is not a frill. It is essential to get maximum use out of the materials and to keep your patrons interested and returning again and again. Show off the library's books, movies, music and other materials with effective displays.

(photo taken by Virginia Allain at Longmeadow Library)

January Library Book Display Ideas

  • LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (positive thinking books)

    A NEW YEAR, A NEW YOU (self-improvement books) alternate title - BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE

    I RESOLVE TO.... (anything that fits with New Year's resolutions - get out of debt, be a better parent, learn to spell, read more, cook healthy meals)

    I RESOLVE TO READ MORE (fill this display with non-best sellers that you want some attention for)

    I RESOLVE TO READ GREAT BOOKS (fill this display with classics)

    LOSING WEIGHT AND FEELING GREAT (anything for weight loss, including healthy cookbooks, exercising)

    GET MOVING (sports, exercising, anything active)

    KICKING BAD HABITS (stop smoking, biting nails, drunk driving, drinking, drugs, procrastination, overeating)

  • A.A. Milne's Birthday - January 18 - feature all the Winnie the Pooh books

    Lewis Carrol's Birthday - January 27 - feature Alice in Wonderland and his biographies

  • READY FOR A MONEY MAKEOVER? (books on money management, getting out of debt, budgeting, thriftiness, investing)

    MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONEY (money management, getting out of debt, budgeting, thriftiness, investing)

  • ORGANIZED AT LAST (books on storage, de-cluttering, housekeeping, filing, time management)

    Alternate titles: BEAT CLUTTER NOW, CLUTTER BUSTERS, TOO MUCH STUFF?

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Displaying and Merchandising in Libraries

There are lots of merchandising books out there, but this one is especially for librarians. It gives ideas that aren't too costly and provides a list of displays to get you started.

Merchandising Made Simple: Using Standards and Dynamite Displays to Boost Circulation
Merchandising Made Simple: Using Standards and Dynamite Displays to Boost Circulation

The authors had a good mix of experience between merchandising and librarianship. The book generated some ideas for me, and there is a list of 'starter displays' at the very end of the book. One idea I particularly liked was the use of a large yearly calendar to chart when a display will go up/come down. The other thing you'll find is that their ideas are accessible - nothing costs too much and you can use resources around you to still build great displays. If you need a book in this subject category I'd recommend this, or if you're a librarian who wants to learn more about how to effectively bring attention to your books. (review by Butterscotch on Amazon)

 

Book Display Links

Send me your link for a display or series of displays to be included in this listing. Here's the email address: vallain@verizon.net

February Library Book Display Ideas

  • MAKING VALENTINES (Valentine craft books, card making books, calligraphy books, books of love poems)

    TRUE ROMANCE (biographies of Anthony/Cleopatra, Czar Nicholas/Alexandra, and other famous couples) alternate title - GREAT LOVE STORIES

    LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND (this can be adult fiction with a romantic theme or it could be books on relationships and dating)

    VINTAGE ROMANCES (classic love stories, old favorite authors)

    LOVING A VAMPIRE You should have plenty to fill this one.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday - February 7 - feature all the Little House on the Prairie series and any biographies you have of Laura Ingalls Wilder. You can also feature similar authors/stories, like Caddie Woodlawn.
  • WINTER READS (any books with snow in the title or in the cover design
  • COZY UP WITH A GOOD READ (fill a display with cozy mysteries or just make it a general fiction display) show a book with a muffler wrapped around it and a warm stocking cap on or show a reader snugly reading in a comfy chair by the fireside
  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH (any books about black history, famous people, slavery) Keep in mind the school demand, so you don't promote books that you'll need when the students come in.
  • BOOKS FROM THE BOTTOM SHELF (Could subtitle this, "Don't miss these." Feature shelf-sitters.) Browsers often overlook books on the bottom shelf, as they don't want to bother bending down.
  • February 26th - TELL A FAIRY TALE DAY (besides fairy tales, include some biographies of Hans Christian Anderson or even Walt Disney)
  • FAMOUS LOVERS (Tristan and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, etc.)

Find Holidays and Special Weeks or Months for Display Topics

Chase's Calendar of Events 2013 with CD-ROM
Chase's Calendar of Events 2013 with CD-ROM

I'd expect every library to have this in their referernce section to answer questions like "when is National Ice Cream Day?"

Make use of it when you need fresh display topics. For the one day or one week events, make a quickie display on a table top or at the check-out desk. Use the computer to print up the slogan such as National Eat-a-Pickle Day, then put that in one of those plastic stands. Place one or two books on the topic on a small rack or stand. Keep filling it until you run out of books. For the pickle topic, for instance, you can feature recipe books on pickling.

 

Someone Else Just Read This Book - A Simple Display Idea

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Read All About Merchandising and Book Displays

Of course, this book can be borrowed through interlibrary loan. It's good to get at least one for the library's own collection so it can be used with training new staff.

Some other titles to consider are Display and Publicity Ideas for Libraries, Effective Library Exhibits, and Display & Library Promotion Ideas.

Slim Book Display Shelving - Use at the End of Stacks

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What You Need for Tabletop Book Displays - or to display a book at the checkout area

This might be a good spot to display TODAY IN HISTORY items with something fresh each day. For example, on December 7th, put some Pearl Harbor books on the rack. Click on the highlighted link to see other historic events to feature.

Display Stands for Books

These are great for featuring a special book right at the circulation desk where people will notice it as they check out their books. It helps to make some bookmarks that say CHECK IT OUT to tuck into the book. Make sure the CHECK IT OUT shows at the top.

March Library Book Display Ideas - Themes and ideas for March displays

  • WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH (biographies of notable and interesting women)
  • QUICK READS (short story collections, all the Chicken Soup and similar series books, minute mysteries)
  • IRISH FICTION (novels set in Ireland or books by Irish authors)

    HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY (Irish legends, leprechaun stories, Irish history, Irish travel books, Irish biographies)

    GREAT IRISH STORYTELLERS (noted authors, Irish biographies)

  • ARMCHAIR TRAVEL (all the books about scenic destinations in the US and around the world)
  • NATIONAL QUILTING MONTH (books about quilting and patchwork projects) or PIECE BY PIECE

Bookmark This Page

You can add this page to your favorites or pin it on your Pinterest board. You'll want to come back each month for more ideas.

April Library Book Display Ideas - Ideas for April book displays

  • AUTHOR OF THE WEEK (fill this with one author, change it when the books run low) This display can run all year without changing the sign.
  • GET READY FOR GARDENING(books on pruning, planning vegetables gardens, spring flowers, landscaping)

    GREEN AND GROWING

    LET'S GARDEN

  • SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER (feature books on exercise, outdoor activities like biking, swimming, hiking)
  • HAVE A HOPPY EASTER (use an Easter Bunny graphic and feature children's books on Easter, bunnies, chicks, Easter crafts and throw in some spring titles if you run low on the others)
  • GET READY FOR EARTH DAY (show off books about conservation, ecology, green living, save the earth)
  • HUG A POET - National Poetry Month (feature poetry books, biographies of poets and how to write poetry) I recommend separate displays for poetry for children and poetry for adults. The children's display could be IT'S RHYMING TIME.

SourceOne (6-pack) 6" Acrylic Easel Book Holder Rack Stand
SourceOne (6-pack) 6" Acrylic Easel Book Holder Rack Stand

You get 6 of these, so look around for places to feature an individual book.

 

May Library Book Display Ideas - Themes to use for May book displays

  • SPORTS AND FITNESS MONTH (feature books about aerobics, weightlifting, biking, hiking, and all sorts of sports)

    SHAPE UP FOR SUMMER

  • STAFF FAVORITES (get everyone on the staff to pull 2 or 3 books that they liked and put them in this display)
  • LATINO BOOK MONTH (great time to feature Latino authors from fiction, short stories, memoirs). If you have a Spanish Language collection, then also set up a display of LIBROS EN ESPANOL.
  • MOTHERS ARE SPECIAL (for Mother's Day, feature books about mothers and motherhood)

    MAKE A GIFT FOR MOM (show off craft books for making gifts that would appeal to mothers)

  • GROWING SPRING FLOWERS - (feature books about bulbs, flower gardening in general, growing azaleas)
  • LOVE IS BLOOMING (have you noticed how many romance books have flowery covers? stock the display with these)
  • PLAN YOUR VACATION (travel tip books, destinations, traveling with children, pets, handicapped)
  • LOOKING FORWARD TO SUMMER FUN (books on swimming, golf, nature, crafts, children's activities, and gardening if you don't have a separate display on that)
  • ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
  • NATIONAL HOME IMPROVEMENT MONTH (show off books on home repairs, decorating, decluttering, landscaping, home projects, adding storage)

No Room for Displays?

Try featuring a trio of books in the center of a round study table. It can still be used by readers and students.

June Library Book Display Ideas - Themes for June book displays

  • HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW - (this can be vegetable and flower gardening)

    GREEN THUMB BOOKS -

    GROW YOUR OWN FOOD - (vegetable gardening, edible landscaping, fruit and nut trees)

    BEAUTIFY YOUR YARD - (landscaping, tree planting, shrubs, decks, paths, pools)

  • AFTER GRADUATION - (advice books for young adults on finding jobs, learning to budget, independent living)
  • DADS ARE SPECIAL (books about fatherhood, biographies written about a dad, parenting books about being a good father)
  • JUNE IS NATIONAL ROSE MONTH (books on growing roses and flower arranging, stretch it a little with fiction books with "rose" in the title)
  • AUDIOBOOK MONTH (feature all your audiobooks)
  • To capitalize on a big name author, have a display that changes each month. Feature a different author with the words, IF YOU LIKE STEPHEN KING, TRY THESE. Fill the display with authors similar to the featured author. The next month, it can say IF YOU LIKE ---, TRY THESE and fill in the blank with that month's author. Here are lists of read-alikes.

July Library Book Display Ideas - Themes for July book displays

  • BEACH READING (people often prefer paperbacks for beach reading, fill the display with light fiction), alternate title: READING FOR LAZY SUMMER DAYS
  • COOKING ON THE GRILL (celebrate National Grilling month by displaying cookbooks on grilling and BBQing)

    An alternate for this is OUTDOOR MEALS for picnics and grilling.

  • GREAT OUTDOOR SPACES or ENJOY OUTDOOR LIVING (show off books on deck and patio building, porches, swimming pools, fountains, landscaping, gazebos, child play areas, etc.)
  • ENJOY YOUR GARDEN (books on garden pests, growing vegetables, mulching, cookbooks for salads, vegetables and canning)
  • I'M BORED - KEEP THE KIDS BUSY (books about activities for kids, crafts, trips, science, nature, games, camping)
  • ENJOY NATURE - (books about visiting national parks, birding, butterfly and hummingbird gardening, wildllife, identifying wildflowers and trees)
  • FAMILY REUNION MONTH - (books about planning a reunion, finding relatives, picnics, outdoor group games, even genealogy)
  • URBAN HOMESTEADING - (books about raising chickens, gardening, growing fruits and vegetables in your backyard)
  • HURRAH FOR THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE - Get this in place before the 4th of July. Include books that celebrate America and patriotic themes.

August Library Book Display Ideas

  • COOL READING (fiction with snow on the cover or in the title, books on Antarctica, penquins, frozen desserts) Alternate title: COOL BOOKS, HOT DAYS
  • CELEBRATE SUMMER (books on picnics, BBQs, swimming, beaches, gardening, baseball, camping and other summertime activities)
  • LEARN A LANGUAGE (CDs, books, and DVDs for learning various languages) alternate display title: GO MULTI-LINGUAL
  • FIXER UPPER (home repair books, painting, plumbing, projects)

    HOME IMPROVEMENT

    HANDYMAN BOOKS

    DIY (woodworking projects, garden projects, etc.)

  • For some offbeat days check out this page on lesser known days and odd celebrations in August. It gives you an opportunity to feature a book or two when you don't have enough for a whole month's display.

September Library Book Display Ideas

  • AUTUMN FICTION (any novel with fall or autumn in the title, look for covers with autumn leaves or scenes)
  • CELEBRATE LIBRARY-CARD-SIGN-UP-MONTH (fill the display with fiction about librarians and a mix of books for children about the library)
  • September 19 - TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY (leave the display up for the whole week to feature fictional pirates and nonfiction as well)
  • ALZHEIMER AWARENESS MONTH - fiction and nonfiction about alzheimer's, caregivers, choosing a nursing home. Don't forget biographies of people who had it.
  • BUILD SOMETHING - Stock the display with project books, woodworking (dog houses, birdhouses, etc.), construction, landscaping projects.
  • THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES - books on writing about your life or childhood, memoirs of famous people and ordinary people.
  • BACK TO SCHOOL - school stories for children, books about adjusting to college, home schooling, adult education. Alternate title: SCHOOL DAYS

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Chinese New Year book display (shared by Sharon Moore)
Chinese New Year book display (shared by Sharon Moore) | Source
Another display by Sharon Moore - Books and Bordeaux (books about wine)
Another display by Sharon Moore - Books and Bordeaux (books about wine)
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October Library Book Display Ideas

  • CREATIVE COSTUMES (books on making costumes, include ones from the theater section and make-up area)
  • SPOOKY READING (horror stories by authors like Stephen King, John Saul, etc., check for short stories too)
  • HALLOWEEN IS COMING (include books on carving pumpkins, planning Halloween parties, decorating for Halloween, and setting up a haunted house)
  • FALL READING (any fiction with autumn or fall in the title, you can mix in some harvest books on canning/jelly making, making scarecrows, New England foliage travel books or photo books)
  • TEEN READ WEEK In mid-October. (feature popular titles for teens)
  • GET ORGANIZED WEEK - The first week in October (display books on overcoming clutter, home storage, organizing at home or work)
  • NATIONAL PIZZA MONTH - Display some pizza cookbooks, some Italian cookbooks and any fiction with pizza in the title, like Pete's a Pizza from the children's section. An alternate title for the display is ALL THINGS PIZZA or EVERYONE LOVES PIZZA.
  • Don't forget quickie one-day displays. For example, October 14 National Dessert Day. Set up a table top display of a stack of dessert cookbooks and place 2 or 3 standing up next to it. Use your plexiglass sign stand to put your sign in and presto, instant display. Have it near the circulation desk so people will grab up one or two books before they check out.

Take Advantage of Special Events - Let TV and Movie Promos Move Your Library Books

If there's a major news event (like a hurricane or earthquake), put out a display of books on that locale and also about preparing for a disaster or volunteerism.

If a celebrity is in the news, put up an impromptu display about them and their career. Any newsworthy event gives you free hype for a display. Capitalize on these (example: the Olympics, release of a major film).

November Library Book Display Ideas

  • FALL PLEASURES (show off any pretty books about autumn, New England fall travel, pumpkins, apple cider)
  • TIME FOR A MAKEOVER (this can be home makeovers, home staging, life makeovers, plastic surgery, weight loss)
  • THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR (display feel-good books on family, pets, etc. You can put Thanksgiving books in with this or give them their own display.)
  • TV TIE-INS (books related to television shows, TV stars, reality shows, fan books, books that inspired television shows)
  • WOODWORKING PROJECTS (making wooden toys, furniture, whittling, carving, cabinet work, even home building)
  • ALL ABOUT ANTIQUES (collectibles, price guides, history of antiques)
  • PAIN - DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT (back pain, headaches, foot pain, other kinds of pain, treatment, management of chronic pain, prevention through exercise, safe lifting)
  • GET THE JOB YOU WANT (resume books, interviewing, cover letters, job searching, job training)
  • FIND YOUR FAMILY ROOTS (genealogy, collecting oral history, videotaping grandparents, writing family memories)
  • ODDITIES (circus sideshow, odd architecture, unusual animals, unique scenery/travel)
  • SPY STORIES or SPY VS SPY (bring out all the espionage fiction, don't forget James Bond)
  • THANKSGIVING FICTION (Need ideas for this? Check out this list of Thanksgiving fiction titles from the Beebe Library.)
  • READY FOR WINTER? (Books on winterizing your house, winter sports like sledding, skiing, skating, and snowmobiling)

No Money for Fancy Display Shelving?

Check with a local bookstore or Wal-Mart. Sometimes they will save cardboard book display dumps for you.

It doesn't hurt to ask.

December Book Display Ideas

The holidays give a natural batch of topics for displays, but keep in mind other holidays besides Christmas. Also December is a good month for winter topics.


  • CHRISTMAS BAKING (put out all the cookie, pie, and cake books)

    CHRISTMAS STORIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY (holiday stories for reading aloud, classics like The Christmas Carol, anthologies of Christmas stories and poems)

    CHRISTMAS DECORATING (making wreaths, lighting displays, decorating the tree, making ornaments, etc.)

    GREAT CHRISTMAS BOOKS FOR KIDS (all the cute storybooks about the holiday, plus children's holiday nonfiction)

    HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS (fill this with all the Christmas craft books and ones on making gifts, check the woodworking, cookbooks and sewing sections for this too)

    MAKE A GIFT (variation on the Homemade Christmas display)

    ALL ABOUT SANTA (any story that includes Santa and nonfiction books about Santa)

  • DECEMBER HOLIDAYS (Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas in other countries)

    HOLIDAY PARTIES AND FEASTS (party planning books, party foods, holiday cookbooks)

    National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (on December 7th feature some books on a tabletop display about Pearl Harbor and World War II)

    Wright Brothers Day (December 17 set up a tabletop display about them and about the history of flight)

  • LET IT SNOW (fiction books with the word snow or blizzard or winter in the title, books on winterizing the house, books about snowmen, skiing/skating/sledding books)

    Set up a display called WINTER READS and fill it with books on skiing, skating, and any book that has winter or snow in the title.

Combining Information and Graphics with Books on Display

I recommend changing displays monthly, so a topic like Hispanic Heritage Month works great for that.

If you don't have enough books to keep a display filled for the whole month, then make a smaller display for those items and change it once the display is depleted.

There's nothing more forlorn than an empty, neglected book display.

Book Display Racks Available on Amazon

You can make table-top book displays and display individual books on the shelf near their normal shelving area, but it's good to have a big display in a prominent place in the library. If the budget won't stretch to buy one of these, check with the Friends of the Library or a special donor. They love the idea of promoting books and you can place a small donor plaque on the shelving unit.

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Books Displayed on Top of Shelves - In a Children's Area

Osceola County Public Library (Poinciana Branch).
Osceola County Public Library (Poinciana Branch). | Source

Display Stand for Extra Wide Books or Several Books Across

A large prop and colorful background show off a display of holiday books.

A large prop and colorful background show off a display of holiday books.
A large prop and colorful background show off a display of holiday books.

Promote Your Displays

This short video is perfect for running on a local TV channel. Many cities or universities have their own cable channels. Find out if you can post video promotions on it. Then see who on the staff has some talent in staging and filming these short promos to put on the cable channel.

Note the display is on end-of-stack slatwall shelving.

Odd Shaped Book Display Units to Fit Your Space

Make every bit of space in the library useful, by fitting in odd-sized racks wherever you can. Fill these with enticing displays of books and other library materials.

Don't Restrict the Display to Just a Bookshelf

Here are ideas for expanding a display. They used the wall above the fireplace and a table top.

Make Reading Inviting to Children with Book Displays

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What Displays Are You Responsible for in Your Library?

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Don't Miss This One!

Look, It's Books!: Marketing Your Library With Displays and Promotions
Look, It's Books!: Marketing Your Library With Displays and Promotions

Marvelous ideas for the school librarian for displays throughout the year.

 

Ideas for Summer Reading Displays - Grab kids' attention with these displays

To get your online book display list or photos added here, send the link to vallain@verizon.net.

Great Slogans for Summer Reading Displays - Use for book displays, bulletin boards or banners

  1. Get Hooked on Books (use fishing gear to set the tone)
  2. Books Take You Anywhere (use a world map for the backdrop on this display)
  3. Take a Backyard Safari - include books about insects, birds, small animals, tree identification, weather experiments.
  4. It's PURPLE Book Day (or Week)- include books with purple covers or cover designs with lots of purple in it. Also show off books with purple, lavender or lilac in the title. Have a volunteer search the stacks and the catalog for these. It makes for an odd book display with Alcott's Under the Lilacs next to The Purple People Eater, but the oddness of it appeals to children. Makes a very colorful display. Follow up with It's RED Book Day, and so on.
  5. Travel Back in Time with These Stories (put a variety of dates around the slogan; 1845, 1930, 1900, 1230, etc.) Feature lots of historical fiction from all different eras. Don't forget medieval, Roman times, and other very early fiction.
  6. Series of the Week (leave this display up all summer, just change the series each week) It's a good place to display the Black Stallion books one week, Nancy Drew another week, and so on. It's a chance to introduce children to a series and maybe they'll get hooked on it.

Banned Book Week

is the last week in September

List of Banned Books (poster available from Zazzle)

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Photo Credit: READ BANNED BOOKS a poster on Zazzle

Celebrate Freedom, Read Banned Books


Make an eye-catching display by featuring some partially burned books and a slogan like the one here.

How to: Get a few discarded, worn out or damaged books. Set the book on fire (in a safe spot like the parking lot) then use the charred remains in the display case. Make sure you do this where no patrons will be aghast at the sight of their librarian burning a book and where you won't accidentally set a grass fire.

Collect Catchy Slogans


Whenever you see a catchy slogan, note it down for future use in a display. Share it with other librarians here. (you don't have to be a Squidoo member to leave a comment)

What would you like to see added to this webpage? Are you looking for movie tie-in displays, ways to promote certain sections of the collection or to reach a certain audience? Put your questions in the comment space below. (there is a time lag before the comment posts, it goes to the moderator first)

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      gottaloveit2 2 years ago

      An oldie but a goodie - again.

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      williamslaw 2 years ago

      Awesome. The love for reading has been taken over by the internet for most people but I still love to read and visiting libraries has been a great joy for me.

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      Scottf13 3 years ago

      This is a really neat lens! So much info that I can't process all of it. I'll have to come back a few times, but definitely good information to consider.

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      Pinasheart 3 years ago

      Neat Lens! I remember when I was a kid and I always liked seeing the different displays in the library for the holidays and such.

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      Sure Temp 3 years ago

      lots of good info! :) i like the halloween display

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      randomthings lm 3 years ago

      Very cool information. I LOVE libraries. What a great idea for a country to have.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      Hello I love you lens. So informative you make me feel like becoming a librarian myself. Our local library isn't so exciting -each time we ask for specific books they tell us to go online!! We have a wonderful one at school though. Great lens inspirational I'd say.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I'm no librarian but I used to love going to the library when I lived in Hawaii. I wish I knew where my local library was here in Tokyo.

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      starrfinancial 3 years ago

      A way to separate dvd checkout for free and for rent but keep it easy for the staff..

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      mench686 3 years ago

      Nice ideas!

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      adragast24 3 years ago

      Thanks for linking to my article about less known celebrations in August. Greatly appreciate it.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @hkhollands: I'm really sorry to hear that the school library closed. That really is important to a school.

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      hkhollands 3 years ago

      Thank you for the ideas. I am a high school English teacher. Our school library closed last year, so I try to keep teens interested in reading with my classroom library. With 160+ students a day and lots of papers to grade, it's difficult to find the time to create displays and rotate titles. This will help me out a lot!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I had to tell you that when I go to the library these days, I take a quick glance around to see any changes and think of you. It's true ... you have made me think of libraries differently. Thanks.

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      mariacarbonara 3 years ago

      Lots of great ideas here. love it. Thanks

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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      Love your ideas! Sundae ;-)

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      patinkc 3 years ago from Midwest

      This is an awesome lens. Thanks for making me a part of it. You are providing an important service for so many!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Very grat idea thanks for sharing!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Congratulations on getting the Purple Star for this great lens! I enjoyed visiting here, nice work. Thanks for sharing.

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      ariyanto 4 years ago

      This is great idea..thank for sharing..nice to meet you :)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @ericsdorsey: I'm sure many of the topics would work for bulletin boards too. Glad to hear it is helpful.

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      ericsdorsey 4 years ago

      My wife is a teacher, great advice for her to use. Thank you for sharing this.

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      ukprowriter 4 years ago

      Great tips and advice

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      This is a good resource for librarians. That is great that you have shared your knowledge of libraries. You have provided some good display ideas:)

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      The books are the stars in a library for me. Can't even tell you what else they have on display ;-)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @LeslieMirror: Chat with a librarian sometime and find out more about their job. Any job can be boring if you let it be. I found library work challenging and felt I made a difference in my community with literacy programs and internet connectivity (had to get lots of grants to do that).

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      Awesome lens. I am just obsessed with books and libraries lately. No offence, but I thought that librarianâs job is kind of boring. Then I run into the article on Admission-Essays.org about the most amazing libraries in the world â and here we go, I am secretly dreaming about becoming a librarian. Your article shows how fascinating and creative their work is. Thanks for an inspiring lens!

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      Kumar P S 4 years ago

      Great lens ! Useful and informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      PennyHowe 4 years ago

      I absolutely love your lenses! This one is also MARAVILLOSO! Thanks for all the ideas both about book displays and as a lens maker. You are awesome in my books.

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      Barbara Casey 4 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      What an incredibly useful page for librarians... and bookstore owners, too.

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      blancaverome 4 years ago

      Wow, this is an amazing lens! Very inspiring for those of us just starting out (I realize that my lenses are soooooo tiny now, lol)

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      Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

      Such a nice way to put things into words. It doesn't have to be just for libraries to use these suggestions. Certainly good to update things on a regular basis.

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      Diane Cass 4 years ago from New York

      Fantastic! I'm not a librarian, but I've worked in our local school library and consider libraries my second home. Well thought out displays really do help encourage reading, often suggesting books on topics people wouldn't normally consider reading. You have a lot of great ideas here. Great job!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @mumsgather: Thanks, that's how I learned a lot on Squidoo, just checking out how the top squids made their lenses.

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      PennyHowe 4 years ago

      In honor of National Memo Day, I have chosen this wonderful lens. Reading is so important in our lives and the lives of our children. Promoting reading is essential and vallain has gone overboard in presenting a wealth of information on focusing attention of books all year round. You are so right--readers are leaders. Grab some of these great ideas, focus on books, and mostly have fun reading. Thanks a great big bunch for so much super information.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Usually I delete links like this as SPAM, but yours looks like a useful link. I'll leave it.

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      avigarret 4 years ago

      Quite a remarkable idea for a lens and an even better execution.

      Another gem from Virginia well deserving of the purple star.

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      faber80 4 years ago

      Wonderful ideas! Definitely brilliant and original...

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Wow ! Just what i need as a children's librarian . I'm always searching for fresh ideas . Thanks for an excellent lens and a wealth of information . Will certainly bookmark this !

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      awesome job--you put a lot of work in to putting this together

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      This lens is full of helpful tips and information. I especially like how you've grouped your tips by months of the year. ~~Blessed~~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lime Juice (a graphic design agency) produce some really cool themed library book merchandising posters that you can buy, print out yourself and use for your merchandising displays. They can be found here:

      http://www.limejuice.com.au/what-we-do/library-boo...

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      Paki Bazar 5 years ago

      thanks for your help i have repaired many books

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      Very interesting and informative lens.. I love your lens..Well done!

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      dcopps 5 years ago

      A great lens. It makes me wish I was back in the public library world, instead of the dry corporate one (where we don't even keep the dust jackets!).

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Interesting, I never gave much thought to it, didn't realize that there were different display tools etc.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Back to bless this very important, beautiful lens. You are the master and I bow to your skill!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      I've always preferred it when libraries display as many books as they can. The great joy of going to libraries is window shopping the stacks and just seeing what is there and book displays do a great job of aiding that.

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      After, checking out your lens...all I can say is WOW! and of course Thank You for the great ideas. As a former teacher, I know how important reading is. Book displays are a great way to get their attention and turn them on to books. I love books and I love the displays featured on your lens. Thanks again.

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      yayas 5 years ago

      I no longer work in a library, but I do enjoy the displays. Our library is only open during the summer; two hours, one day per week.

      I used to work in a fairly large library an' I loved it. I did not have much voice for how things were done, but those who did the displays were extremely conscientious 'bout keeping 'em updated an' user-friendly.

      Because I loved working in the children's department an' read many, many of the children's books, that librarian did occasionally take my suggestions an' make smaller displays of books that I found to be remarkable. She was very proud of her own ideas for holiday displays, though, an' with good reason. I mostly stood in awe of her expertise.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      I love libraries and the halloween display is really cute.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      I always read the book before I watch the movie! I work with children and am responsible for displaying their book choices on a daily basis. We have a nice library of books that interest our specified age group, I so enjoy displaying them with much gratification when they choose my additions and or changes to the display!

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      thesuccess2 5 years ago

      I always love the special displays in libraries

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      DreamsBloom 5 years ago

      I used to work at a bookstore and was in charge of the "trade books"...we had someone in charge of creating book displays but I sometimes did some too, so I know how important displays are. Bookstores could get some ideas from this lens too. And librarians could get some good ideas from bookstores as well.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Wish you were our librarian.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Anything that promotes reading for all ages is aces in my book! I really like the For Dummies display. Awesome lens as usual.

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Love your lense and love my public library in Fairfax, Virginia, all three near me. Your topic is more important than mine . "Kids are our future'.

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      h2ofs1 5 years ago

      Some great displays here, things like what you have here are very important in keeping libraries fun and popular! Great lens

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      With the new online reading many are afraid it is the death toll for libraries. I believe and hope that this is not the case. I still love going to the library. I like the feel of a real book and appreciate them still being available. Thank you for writing this lens. It was an eye opener. Blessings.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Fabulous book display resource page! These ideas would be great for used bookstores, too. My first real job was in a library, after school, putting returned books back on the shelves. And later in life I worked for a time in a used bookstore.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      As the daughter of a librarian, I spent hours helping her setup displays and many of my wonderful memories are of being in the library. As part of a quest, we are asked to leave a thank you for the most helpful squidooer. You, my friend, are the most helpful and the best cheerleader a person could hope for. Thank you for your help in the past and for,I am sure, the help in the future. Without you I would still be floundering on the beach. Now I am not afraid to swim in the deep water. Happy Thanksgiving.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love libraries! i used to manage the periodicals floor at a college here in Hawaii :-) i wish i got to do displays, great lens!

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      What a great resource for librarians. I am emailing this link to my girlfriend right now, as yes, she is a librarian! I was amazed at how much information you put together. Thank you for your time and effort, much appreciated. take care.

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      travelbroad 5 years ago

      I'm thinking I should do something similar at my house for different seasons.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      A great collection of ideas. I love books and am happy that there are people like you to help organize and maintain libraries.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      LOVE the "Score with a Good Book" display. Very clever!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great Lens and very good idears. Great for small bookstores as well as the big ones. Thank you for sharing this lens.

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      crudeoilsystems 5 years ago

      Great information!

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      squidoolover76 5 years ago

      A never forgetting lens ,gives a very clear idea about book displays.

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      denetraharris 5 years ago

      great library display ideas. I might have to borrow some of your creativity.

      check out my library lens at squidoo.com/mercylibraries

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      brbrooks 5 years ago

      I love our public library, one thing they do is show local artists work along with some of the local school students art work. I like your lens, I enjoyed reading it.

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      Chris-H LM 5 years ago

      Ooooooooh I love books! Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em!

      I love that it was someone else's ideas and thoughts that they just had to share with the world. Reading a book, to me, is like having a conversation of sorts with the author.

      I'm grateful for the care and hard work that librarians put into choosing, cataloging, maintaining, and displaying these works so that we can all share ideas and be exposed to new ones. :p

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Wonderful collection of ideas and a great resource. Blessed! :)

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      I especially like the One World Many Studies display. This is a treasure trove for librarians.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      This is excellent . . I have been in sooooo many libraries (I should be charged rent). I fell asleep in Toronto's reference library (which is gorgeous) but most libraries I frequent with my daughter barely keep up with their displays. I'm posting this on Amplify. In Canada, at least, I am sure many librarians and their staff would benefit from your lens. Thank you, this will help many kids (and adults) stay inspired to read and learn.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Scarlettohairy: What a great idea! There seems to be steady stream of librarians visiting this page. Knowing library budgets, I'm sure they prefer having the info here for free.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very nice! You've provided so many options for library displays. I think these photos and how tos would make a great ebook that you could market to libraries/librarians.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I now have a much greater appreication for the creativity of our library staff in developing the clever displays they use! And, I can see a connection between a certain lensmaster's resourceful creativity and her former career as a librarian, Virginia! :) Enjoyed your lens!

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      khellogs 5 years ago

      I love books, but i have negative feedback in library for my librarian before was very strict hahaha,, thanks nice lens

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      Vicki 5 years ago from USA

      I've always loved books and libraries. I worked in a library in college then later took some library science classes. I didn't set up book displays, but I put together bulletin boards which was fun. Library book displays always get my attention and stop me in my tracks!

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      kristymckeown 5 years ago

      great ideas, too often I feel libraries get into a rut and take a passive approach to marketing. Way to liven things up!

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      Runnn 5 years ago

      Creative display.. Well done.

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      elyria 5 years ago

      Lots of great ideas, very helpful!

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      magicgeniewishl 6 years ago

      You have some great information here, and lovely ideas. Thankyou so much for sharing!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      What a wealth of information on these pages. I'm not a librarian but now I wish I were! I do love the library though - it just smells so good. I do spend quite a while in my local library and will pay more attention to the displays! Thanks.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      I never thought of this before: changing library book displays. Well, I'm only a Maths teacher ... :) It is quite interesting to see how much thought goes into one might see as a boring chance of book displays. I am definitely going to look at those book displays in a totally different way from now on. Thanks for the great lesson.

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      SweetMarie83 LM 6 years ago

      I'm not a librarian but I always wished I was! The library is, and always has been, one of my favorite places in the world. My library has just done a big overhaul of the way they display books - they have a table near the front that they rotate every week with a new theme, they have librarian's pick, new books near the front, etc. It's really great. I love all your suggestions and I've made note of my favorites!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      movies, radios, televisions and other means of entertainment which also have some instructive value tend to decrease the importance of books and divert our attention from them. but all men of cultured tastes know that books and not these instruments of recreations can satisfy our craving for knowledge and for stable and lasting companionship of the wise which is essential for the free development of our personality. thank you very much for taking this subject and giving some useful ideas.

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      Debbie 6 years ago from England

      Some of the schools I go into have the most disgusting, untidy, libraries. It's such a shame when with a bit of care and attention they could look so attractive and so appealing for the children. Maybe I should recommend this lens to their Head teachers LOL!

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Super lens! Gets the thumbs up from this former school librarian :) Getting creative with the displays and seeing how well they did was always so much fun. Blessed!

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      I used to work at a library, and I found it interesting how the books were laid out. I think it was especially effective to feature ESL books prominently on the first floor, where library patrons could find them easily. Hurrah for libraries and education!

      (JobVirtue.com)

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      I usually have a stack of books I have to read in the future, but sometimes it's more difficult to find books for my daughter. She reads up a storm, and then we have to find something else for her to read. Book displays are definitely helpful. For my 4 year old DS too!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @ChrissLJ: Wow, that's perfect for my Library Christmas Trees lens. I'll put a link on there. Nifty!

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      A friend found an article about a library displays make completely out of dusty books (my library's term for books that haven't been checked out in awhile). She took a whole bunch of red and green ones with gold and silver etchings and made them into a holiday (not Christmas) tree. Looks cool. http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2010/...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent lens on books displays. This itself is a great library lens of brilliant ways to keep and collect books.

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      I'm the queen of library book displays. It's become a rather joke that other people do them... and I tweak. Once a coworker had to go to lunch and asked me to finish. Her rather blah book display ended up with several puppets, a wheelbarrow, plastic fruit and maybe even a little glitter.

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      WritingforYourW 6 years ago

      This is a cool idea for a lens. Definitely makes one more likely to pick up a book. Just looking at the spines on the shelves (and turning your head sideways to read them, lol) isn't the best way to get enticed by something. :P

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      I ALWAYS check out the displays, book selections, looking for inspiration, so your work is not wasted.

      Angel Blessing

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great ideas here and very interesting take on libraries. I am featuring this on How to Write Well

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      ronpass lm 6 years ago

      Some great book display ideas for libraries. I often get frustrated in libraries by poor book displays. You should go on a world tour teaching libraries how to display their wares.

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      AWildDog 6 years ago

      I really do love book displays, I suppose it goes along with my love of books in general. Now if I only could get a job as a Librarian!

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      Christine Larsen 6 years ago from South Australia

      That's why I have such a painful muscle in my upper arm - lugging all my books around and reading every night in bed with my head propped up by same arm. And I only went to MY library!!

      Love books - can't afford all I want, so haunt two lovely book exchange shops that also make delightful displays - and the shop owner and I DO love to chat about books and 'good reads'.

      Thank you for your lovely lens, and commenting on some of mine...much appreciated.

      Christine

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      Alisha Vargas 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      So those tempting book displays are really just a sneaky way to convince me to take home even more books. Now I know who to blame when I get a pile so big I can barely carry them and am still grabbing books from displays as I walk to the checkout desk, lol :D

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