More Halloween Ideas

November 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Here are a few more simple Halloween book display ideas (via I Work at A Public Library):

book ghostbook moon


If you wanted to get more complicated, might I suggest trying this?  (via The Shrinking Librarian – originally from Andres Freile)



Happy Halloween!

October 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

14-Oct - Jack-o-lantern


This was a quick and easy last minute display.  I pulled the orange books from our Young Adult section and added a green set of books up top.  I cut a face out of black cardstock and used a black cloth on a book cart to make it look nicer.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

I got the idea from The Shrinking Librarian, who posted this display from  Sunnyvale Public Library. book jack-o-lantern


March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our latest display highlights the books we have that deal with Easter, and the events that surrounded it.

Inspiration:  Not quite sure what I wanted to do, I asked one of our student workers, “Jenny, what should the topic for the next display be?”  She answered, “Easter!”  I thought that was a good idea, given the time of year, and the fact that we would have lots of books on that topic.  One thing that can either be good or bad, depending how you look at it – having a seasonal display kind of forces you to stay on top of your displays and create new ones after the season has passed.

Book Selection:  I searched our catalog with words like “crucifixion,” “resurrection,” and “Last Supper.”  That led me to plenty of books with attractive covers that I could use for the display.  Here are the books I used.

  • Christ in the Passover by Ceil and Moishe Rosen
  • Last Supper and the Lord’s Supper by I. Howard Marshall
  • Passover Haggadah: A Messianic Celebration by Eric-Peter Lipson
  • No Wonder they Call Him the Savior: Chronicles of the Cross by Max Lucado
  • Fracture: The Cross as Irreconcilable in the Language and Thought of the Biblical Writers by Roy A.  Harrisville
  • Resurrection: The Origin and Future of a Biblical Doctrine by James H. Charlesworth
  • The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright
  • Beyond Resurrection by A. J. M. Wedderburn
  • The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary R. Habermas and Michael R. Licona
  • The Resurrection of Jesus: History, Experience, Theology by Gerd Ludemann
  • Witness the Passion: Discover the Hope, Embrace the Power, Experience the Grace Through Eyewitness Accounts of Those Who Were There by Richard Exley
  • Seven Words of Love by Herbert Lockyer
  • And the Angels Were Silent by Max Lucado
  • Six Hours One Friday: Anchoring To the Power of the Cross by Max Lucado
  • Crucifixion in Antiquity: An Inquiry into the Background of the New Testament Terminology of Crucifixion by Gunnar Samuelsson
  • The Passion of Our Lord by Erich H. Kiehl
  • On A Friday Noon: Meditations Under the Cross by Hans-Ruedi Weber
  • The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan
  • The Christian Holy Days: The Biblical Account of Christmas, Passion Week, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost by Larry D. Edwards
  • The Final Week of Jesus: Highlights from And the Angels Were Silent by Max Lucado
  • The Trials of Christ: The Moral Failures of Those Who Judged Jesus by John Gilmore
  • Crucify Him: A Lawyer Looks at the Trial of Jesus by Dale M. Foreman
  • The Trial of Jesus of Nazareth by S. G. F. Brandon
  • The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper
  • The Murder of Jesus by John MacArthur
  • Joy Comes in the Morning: The Glorious Victory of the Resurrection by Don Anderson
  • Jesus’ Resurrection: Fact or Figment?: A Debate Between William Lane Craig and Gerd Ludemann by Paul Copan
  • The Resurrection Report by William Proctor
  • Meditations on the Cross by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus by William A. Beardslee
  • The Splendor of Easter by Floyd Thatcher
  • The Case for Easter by Lee Strobel
  • Jesus and Easter: Did God Raise the Historical Jesus from the Dead? by Willi Marxsen
  • Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection: Our Response to the Empty Tomb by William Lane Craig

Creating the Actual Display:  This was a very basic display and didn’t take a lot of extra time or effort.  I had so many books that I didn’t bother with a large sign, just a normal 8½x11 with the words, “For God So Loved the World.”  I arranged the books on the different tiers, with rough categories grouped together – Holy Week, Last Supper, Jesus’ trial, the crucifixion, and the resurrection.

Cost for the Entire Display:  Nothing!  Easy, fast, and cheap.

The Bible and Art

January 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our latest display highlights some of our art books on the topic of Christianity and art.

Inspiration: We had a book come in from a donation called The Life of Christ In Art.  It was a good size with a colorful cover.  Art is such a good display topic because it is made to be displayed and to catch people’s attention.  I automatically told our acquisitions librarian that I wanted it for a display.  Also, it works great to support the Fine Arts class the college offers.

Book Selection:  I entered keywords and phrases like “art and the Bible,” “stained glass,” and “art and theology” into our catalog.  When similar call numbers came up, I searched in that section to find other books that would work.  I picked the ones with interesting and colorful covers, or full page color prints inside.  Here is a list of the titles I used:

  • The Life of Christ In Art by Nancy Grubb
  • Immanuel: The Coming of Jesus in Art and the Bible by Hans Ruedi Weber
  • Cathedrals by Robin S. Oggins
  • Windows of Hopewell Mennonite Church of Reading Pennsylvania by Harry E. Yocum, Jr.
  • Great Cathedrals by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
  • Stained Glass by Lawrence Lee
  • The Bible and Its Painters by Bruce Bernard
  • Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meanings by John Drury
  • It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God by Ned Bustard
  • The Visual Arts and Christianity in America by John Dillenberger
  • The Old Testament Through 100 Masterpieces of Art by Regis Debray
  • The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts by the Wheaton Theology Conference
  • The Gift of Art: The Place of the Arts in Scripture by Gene Edward Veith
  • Theology and the Arts: Encountering God Through Music, Art, and Rhetoric by Richard Viladesau

Creating the Actual Display: I didn’t bother with a colorful tablecloth, since the books were all very colorful.  I also didn’t bother with a title sign, since I thought it was kind of self-explanatory.  I arranged the books on three tiers, with the books with the best covers standing up.  Those which didn’t have great covers, but good pictures inside were displayed open.  I used clear polyethylene book straps to hold the pages open.  You can get that through library suppliers like Gaylord.  It can be a little pricey (I think we paid around $25 or $30/roll, but that has lasted us quite a while.  I already had some from a previous display, so I didn’t have to buy any more.  The other thing I did was to create the “stained glass windows” using black poster board and colored tissue paper.  Our display table is in front of a big window, and gets the afternoon sun, so I thought this could create a visual point that might make people notice the display more.

Cost for the Entire Display: I got the black poster board and colored tissue paper from AC Moore for under $5.00.  Stores like AC Moore, Michael’s, and JoAnn’s Fabric always have 40 or 50% off coupons in the weekend papers, you can print coupons off their website, or they often have circulars at the front door.  I rarely pay full price for items at those stores.

Other Book Trees

December 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

I saw this picture of another book tree on the Shrinking Librarian:

Here’s one that I saw via Mental Floss:

Their site shows pictures and videos of the construction, too!

Luke 2:52

November 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our latest display is based off of an important part of our college’s mission statement.

Inspiration:  We are a Christian college and our college takes its core competencies from Luke 2:52 – “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”  The four competencies are:

  • Intellectual – Wisdom
  • Physical – Stature
  • Spiritual – Favor with God
  • Social – Favor with men

This was a good way for the library to help support the mission of the college, by highlighting books in the collection that deal with the particular skills we would like to instill in our students.

Book Selection:   I took keywords like “wisdom,” “leadership,” “fitness,” and plugged them into our catalog.  I pulled books in all of these categories (more than I needed) and picked the ones that looked the most recent, the most classic, or the ones that got the point across the best from their front covers.

Here is a list of the titles I’m using in the display:

  • Growing Slowly Wise: Building a Faith that Works by David Roper
  • Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling by James W. Sire
  • Be Wise: An Expository Study of 1 Corinthians by Warren Wiersbe
  • Wise Teaching: Biblical Wisdom and Educational Ministry by Charles F. Melchert
  • Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper
  • Walking the Walk: Getting Fit With Faith by Leslie Sansone
  • Good Eating by Stephen H. Webb
  • Healthy Foods: Fact Versus Fiction by Myrna Chandler Goldstein
  • Recreation and Sports Ministry: Impacting Postmodern Culture by John Garner
  • The Official Gold’s Gym Beginner’s Guide to Fitness by David Porter
  • Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Drawing Closer: A Step-By-Step Guide to Intimacy with God by Glen Martin and Dian Ginter
  • Be Holy by Warren Wiersbe
  • Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster
  • The Power of Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Serving Leader: 5 Powerful Actions that Will Transform Your Team, Your Business, and Your Community by Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert
  • The Book on Leadership by John MacArthur
  • The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle: How to Become a Servant Leader by James C. Hunter

Creating the Actual Display:  This was an easy one.  I printed out the verse on a few different pages, highlighting the words I wanted the display to focus on.  I used clear acrylic sign holders, book stands, and a clear acrylic riser.  I was going to use more risers for the signs, but then I realized that some of the extra books would add more color and interest to the display.

Cost for the Entire Display:  This is debatable.  I didn’t buy anything for this display.  However, when I was planning for it, I found that our collection was lacking in (current) physical fitness books, and that our copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People was from the 1930s and in very used condition.  Our acquisitions librarian bought some updated books.  These were books that should have been bought regardless of if the display was going up or not.  In this case, doing this display helped with our weeding and acquisitions process.

Gothic Literature

October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

In honor of Halloween, the newest display at our library is highlighting Gothic Literature.

Inspiration:  The idea came from Halloween decorations, commercials, and seeing vampires and monsters all over.  I am reading Dracula this month, and realized that I could highlight quite a few spooky tales in our collection.

Book Selection:  I made myself a list of all of the Gothic Literature I could think of – Dracula, Frankenstein, anything by Edgar Allen Poe, The Woman in White, etc.  I also Googled some lists of Gothic fiction, getting more titles, and realizing that the genre was quite broad and could encompass anything from Dracula to Jane Eyre.  I even decided to include some stories that have some gothic elements to them, like The Hound of the Baskervilles, without directly falling into the Gothic category.  While our library does not have a large fiction section (being that we are an academic library), we do have quite a bit of classic literature, and many of these titles fell into this category.  Some we had multiple copies of, so I tried to pull the most interesting covers, for interest and (since many were the Penguin classics) variety.  Here is a list of the titles I’m using in the display:

  • Call of Cthulhu
  • Castle of Otranto
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Dracula
  • Faust
  • Frankenstein
  • Hound of the Baskervilles
  • House of the Seven Gables
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Northanger Abbey
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Turn of the Screw
  • The Woman in White
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Yellow Wallpaper

Creating the Actual Display:  I wanted to showcase as many of the books as I could.  I like to have some sort of title to the display so that people can see at a quick glance what it is about.  I also added in the castle and the moon for the gothic atmosphere.  The graduated steps the books are sitting on top of are actually created with a few stacks of withdrawn books from our free cart (we give the books away when we deaccession them from our collection).  When the display is over, I’ll just put them back on the cart.

Cost for the Entire Display:  Just the cost of the cloth for the table.  I didn’t get a typical “spooky” print fabric for the cloth since I want to be able to use it again, not necessarily around Halloween.  Plain fabrics rather than printed fabrics have greater re-use value.

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