Playbill Display.

ILOVEMUSICALS. We’ve been going to them for years, and there’s still so many I’m dying to see. Counting down to Dear Evan Hansen, Anastasia, and Frozen, which we’re going to see in the coming months!

I’m working on doing something fun with my playbills at my house, but in the meantime I decided to do an endcap featuring books about broadway musicals and the books musicals are based on. I’m OBSESSED. And only slightly want to take them all home with me. Alas, so many books so little time. But I will hopefully make it to them eventually. Until then, I will be loving them from afar.

In case you are also a showtune fiend…here are a few of my favorites as of late:

Ex-Wives (Six: The Musical)
Freeze Your Brain (The Heathers)
I Still Believe (Miss Saigon)
Wait For It (Hamilton)
Dancing Through Life (Wicked)
Bad Idea (Waitress)

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Winter Blues…Greens.

Merry Christmas, all!

December has been crazy as ever as winter settles in (are the holidays every quiet?). Meanwhile, we’ve got winter displays for days happening! Apparently I’m loving the animals this season, because both of my displays are animal themed. Hibernate with these books are all non-fiction animal stories, and Winter is Bearable with books! are all books with animals in the title. I love them, and the colors turned out so great!

Hope everyone is making it through this winter season. Luckily, we have had very little snow and lots of hot chocolate. Just the way I like my Decembers!

Happy reading all (in case you are like me and trying to binge read enough to meet your reading goals for the year)!

GREEN + PLAID + POLAR BEARS

Gobble Up Some Gourmet Reading Display.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Hope everyone has fun plans…meanwhile our travel plans got discombobulated due to imminent snow storms here in SLC. But, we will still manage to have a great holiday weekend, full of food, board games, and many many movies (if I have anything to say about it!).

My November display includes various cookbooks to help us all make it through this holiday season. Including, baking tips, soups, appetizers, salads, and lots and lots of desserts….not to mention the cooking for beginners (in case you’re like me and can’t even boil water correctly)!

Meanwhile, I’m planning all the December programs and displays, whilst binge reading book clubs (did I mention I’m now running two?), needless to say, the holidays are busier than ever. Hope we all make it!

Crime through Time Display.

It’s that time of year! October is here and who doesn’t love a good, spooky read? Latest endcap display is “Crime through Time”, devoted to those non-fiction crime sprees. Serial killers. Robberies. Assassins. It’s always more eerie when it’s real, isn’t it? (Also, I’m a tad obsessed with this font!)

However, I’m a wimp, so I’m sticking with my Agatha Christie’s this Halloween Season. We are reading “The Devil in the White City” for book club in a couple weeks, so we’ll see how I do!

Happy haunts, all!

Banned Books Week!

Happy Banned Books Week, all!

Celebrate your right to read with a banned a book. I had a blast putting together our display for the week. All of these books have been challenged for one reason or another. We’ve got booklists available to the curious reader, quotes from the books on display, and “I stand for the banned” postcards.

A couple of my favorite quotes from my favorite banned books:

“Burdens are for shoulders strong enough to carry them.” ~Gone with the Wind by: Margaret Mitchell

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, as long as somebody loves you.” ~The Witches by: Roald Dahl

“It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.” ~The Perks of Being a Wallflower by: Stephen Chbosky

“The loneliest moment in someones life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” ~The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald

#fREADom

Gentle Reads Display!

Because adulting is hard enough and everyone needs a quick easy read now and then. Especially when summer is over, fall is coming, and we have to get back in the groove of everyday life. These books are light summer reads, humorous memoirs, witty self-help, books about books, and everything in between. Also alpacas…because what’s more gentle than a snuggly alpaca!!

Graphic Novels Display!

Pow! Wham! Zip! Our graphic novels needed some love, so I put together this Marvel display, and now Spiderman and The Hulk have a (semi) permanent home in our Graphic Novels section.

The display included any and all Marvel GNs and the occasional Marvel Movies to match. I used books with coordinating colors from our book sale (so they weren’t circulating), and our Brother Cutting machine to do the cutouts (with a couple stragglers done by hand).

DIY: I found silhouettes of the characters I wanted to use online and then printed out the eyes/mouths on normal paper and cut them out myself. The Spider Web and Hulk’s hair/eyes I did with the Brother Cutting Machine. Trust me when I say, you do not want to see my spider webs I tried to do by hand…word to the wise maybe don’t use cardstock in the future (I attempted it snowflake style….it was a trainwreck! LOL [but it also should be doable, and if you find a trick let me know!]).

I would also recommend taping at least a couple of the books together, particularly if you do a spiderman. I had some kids get real grabby and I had to do some repairs on the web (Hulk was easy because most of the pieces were separate).

Book Club Display!

We’ve got book club coming up this next week…and we read “We Were Liars” this month, so I’m eagerly awaiting our book discussion. It’s been years since I first read Liars and I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Wanted to share my Book Club materials…although I’m a tad late because my pictures are from last month (in which we read Where’d You Go, Bernadette). I think we’ve already established that I am a color fiend…so of course my book group flyers have a small rainbow!

This is our last month reading “Family Affairs”, which means next month we will begin “Flying Colors”…three months of books with a splash of color on the covers…and that means I’ll have different flyer. (Each series I like to slightly tweak the scheme so that it looks different and changes it up).

Color Me Happy

Because I’m a sucker for adult coloring pages and vibrantly colored books. My latest book display combines the color, color, and more color, with coloring pages available for patrons to take home. Life is better with a splash of color, isn’t it?

Not to mention, I had way too much fun coloring in preparation for the display decor. Would anyone be interested in an Adult Coloring program at the library? It seems like it’d be a fun weekly/monthly program. I’ve also played around with listening to an hour of an audiobook each week to keep people coming back. Welp, things in the librarian mill!

I also had to jury-rig my sign because I wanted it to fit in the 11×17 opening of our acrylics…otherwise it just looks so tiny in the 8.5×11 acrylics. But I’m so happy with how it all turned out this month!

Parent’s Back to School Survival Guide!

For those folks who are still battling that school life, or those superstars that work in a school, the first day of school is fast approaching! Are you venturing full-steam ahead? Or running in the other direction?? Either way, it’s coming!

My latest endcap is a Parent’s Back-to-School Survival guide. Books containing anything from Homework Help for Parents to After School Snack How-to’s (not to mention those laughable books that make you feel like maybe you aren’t actually losing your mind).

Wishing everyone a happy school year! Hope the parents and kids alike survive!