One of the things that I love in my new children's area is the display space. There are a lot of opportunities to show off books, programs, or new ideas. The one that I tackled this week is our giant bulletin board where we post program posters. This is a floor-to-ceiling bulletin board right as you enter the department.
To start with, I covered the bulletin board with roll paper. Unfortunately, I learned that while I am good at many things, using roll paper is not one of them.
Next I added my design. I wanted something that was not winter-specific. Otherwise, as soon as the snow melts here, the board would need to be changed. I also wanted it to be interactive.
Finally, I hung up our program posters. I learned that if your paper is bumpy or bubbled, nobody will notice if you put a poster over it.
For the interactive portion, I added a sign that matches our writing and activity centers. I am hoping that parents will learn to look for these signs throughout the department, but I have to start small.
We, as librarians, know early literacy like the back of our hand. It helps to give parents ideas of how they can play too. You will soon find them naturally adding early literacy activities to their daily lives.
It has been two days since the bulletin board has gone up. While our toy trains are still the most favorite part of the department, almost every child who walks by the bulletin board has to sing the ABC song. It is fun to watch!