On Displays

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Happy October 1st, and happy first post on this blog! I am a middle school teacher-librarian, and I like displays. A lot. A lot a lot. There are moments when I wonder if creating an elaborate display is the best use of my time on that given day, and you know what? It really is. It gets students to stop and look. It makes the library feel like  a special place. At the end of any given month, students often try to predict what theme will be next. It exposes readers to new genres just by drawing their eye. Of course, October is the ideal time to feature the “scary books” that our tween readers are always rallying for, and what better than a silhouette of a creepy haunted mansion? And after recently reading Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener, I couldn’t resist throwing in a few creepy trees as well.