Love Your Library Month
We celebrate "I Love My Library" all throughout February with a variety of activities. Past years we had free DVD rentals, but we no longer charge $1 to borrow a DVD so we don't have that as a special treat anymore. The whole month we have variously themed activities and events, including a benefit concert, movies, "food for fines" (donate canned/dry goods for a food pantry collection and we forgive fines), cake & punch, and other activities.
Some how a "Blind Date with a Book" display photo found its way to my Facebook wall, and I loved the idea. Even better, when I brought it up at work everyone else also loved the idea and I was given permission to go ahead and put together a "Blind Date" display.
My first step was to get staff input on titles. I specifically did not want new or current best sellers, either of which are likely to be in popular enough demand that our copies would likely be out, on the holds-shelf, or wanted within the time period of the display. I also really wanted this to be a "favorites" display, not just staff picks, but staff picks of books we really love. This endevor may have not gotten quite the high level of response I was hoping for, but I still got a fantastic list of titles from my co-workers to start with, and a second list since compiled by one of them for me to re-fill the display from.
|I should warn you, I like puns.|
As it turns out, wrapping and decorating the books took WAY longer than I thought it would. I put little blurbs about each book on the covers, most edits from the actual teaser text on the books, but a few using text from my own reviews.
I put up the display on the fourth, and while books aren't flying off the display like I could hope, they are going out. I'll be grabbing a bunch more titles to add to the display on Tuesday (Monday is a holiday anyway). However, while I like how the display looks, I will go far simpler in the decoration!