Cindy: Sometimes the easy displays are the most effective. I’ve seen a number of series fiction displays on Pinterest, so I decided to launch my school year with one in each middle school. First books seem simpatico with the first days of school—and that’s when I have the best shot of finding the first books in series still on the shelves!
My library secretary came up with”We’re #1″ for the display’s slogan, and I loved it. I happen to have a red sports foam #1 finger, thanks to my Indiana Hoosier fanatic ways, so I added it to the larger of the two displays. In the other school, my bulletin boards were already done for the year, so I used our small book bin stand to host the display.
Both displays have been enormously popular. Sometimes, I do a lot of work to make an elaborate display, but the books don’t circ, and there’s little satisfaction in that. The whole point of displays is not to decorate the space but to get the books moving—and I’ve been restocking these displays every couple of days for the past three weeks. I’ve deliberately highlighted hidden gems and books that need promotion, along with high-demand titles. Teachers and students alike have commented about how much they like the displays, too—always a bonus.