Thank you to all libraries that entered the 2014 Library Display competition. We received a total of nineteen entries.
Libraries were asked to provide a short paragraph detailing time taken, budget expended and number of staff involved in building their displays.
Based on this criteria the following libraries were awarded prizes, and are featured in 2014 Summer Reading Club Evaluation Report. Congratulations!
- 1st Place: Orange City Library, NSW – awarded $500 Officeworks gift card
- 2nd Place: West Coast Community Services Hub, TAS – awarded $350 Officeworks gift card
- 3rd Place: Wodonga Library, VIC – awarded $200 Officeworks gift card
The pictures and narratives below demonstrate the variety of ways the 2014 theme “adventure” was creatively interpreted in library spaces across the country. We hope that they provide ideas for use and adaptation in future iterations of the SRC in your display builds or library theming.
Orange City Library–NSW
Cost of Materials: $50.00 (Crashed Dirigible) | Time Taken: 4 Displays — total 6-8 hours | Number of Staff Involved: 6
Orange City Library built four displays to promote their SRC program. In 2014 they created a Themed Book Display (2 hours/2 staff), an Adventurer Photoboard (1 staff member arranged for enlarged print with a member of their computer department), an I-Spy Game display case, containing 25 items and A Crashed Dirigible measuring 8m X 4m (2 hours to create and paint boat walls from heavy card; an hour/2 staff to setup).
West Coast Community Services Hub–TAS
Cost of Materials: $2.00 | Time Taken: 1 day | Number of Staff Involved: 2
At West Coast Community Services Hub, a variety of displays were created to promote their SRC program and adventure activities, including a PowerPoint presentation displayed on their large TV. West Coast Community Services Hub held two activity days as part of their SRC. The first was a treasure hunt held on 19th December to find a bejewelled library card stolen by a pirate. The second was an Adventure Skills activity held on 29th January. At both activities Jason and Loretta dressed in camouflage outfits to enhance the feeling of adventure.
Cost of Materials: $75.00 (printing of map) | Time Taken: 1 day | Number of Staff Involved: 2
Using images from the SRC resources suite, Wodonga Library created a reading record treasure map. Four previously determined spaces were secretly noted as Treasure Spots. Children received one guess (blue sticker) for every reading log they returned (10 books) to place on the map. Staff kept track of all guesses on a separate grid. At their Wrap-Up party, the hidden treasure locations were revealed (marked on the 2nd image with an “X” and a treasure chest) and the winning treasure hunters were awarded a prize pack. Wodonga library shared that their young patrons responded well to this activity and found their young patrons read beyond their first ten books to earn more guesses! Staff also enjoyed watching a visual representation of all books being read grow over the course of their program and noted it was a great talking point for getting people signed up for the challenge.
*Remaining Library displays are listed alphabetically by library branch name
Cost of Materials: $57.00 (for balloons) | Time Taken: Not Provided | Number of Staff Involved: 1 (+ 1 local clown)
The Albany Public Library created two displays to promote the Summer Reading Club. A bright and exciting adventure themed display in their Junior Area and a reading rewards display in the glass cabinet at their library’s entrance.
City of Gosnells Knowledge Centre–WA
Cost of Materials: No cost | Time Taken: 1 hours (over several days) | Number of Staff Involved: 1
City of Gosnells Knowledge Centre incorporated the SRC poster into their 2-sided Summer Reading Club book display, demonstrating that an effective display can simply be a call-out to the key messages of the programs running in your libraries–such as A Chance to Win, Go Online, Register and Ask at the Desk for a Registration Form!
Colac Community Library and Learning Centre–VIC
Cost of Materials: No cost | Time Taken: Not Provided | Number of Staff Involved: 1
Colac Community Library & Learning Centre did not have a special display, but one of their staff dressed up as an adventurer who they named “Montana Jones.” Montana Jones made appearances at their SRC craft session, SRC finale party and award presentations.
Dapto District Library–NSW
Cost of Materials: $3.00 (a packet of hot glue-gun sticks) | Time Taken: 17-20 hours over 4 weeks | Number of Staff Involved: 3
Dapto District Library (Wollongong City Council) created this beautiful display in their Junior area for the Summer Reading Club. By utilising resources already on hand, recycled materials and pre-held props they were able to create their display for very little cost.
Deer Park Library–VIC
Cost of Materials: $4.00 (materials) | Time Taken: 2-3 hours | Number of Staff Involved: 2 + input from team
Deer Park Library decided that their front desk was a perfect prop for a pirate ship. Using materials from their storeroom, plus some brown crepe paper, staff had their ship ready for sailing in just under an hour. They also created a treasure chest as part of their book display and SRC information table. They noted the treasure chest took a little longer to create and that staff had a lot of fun building their displays!
Cost of Materials: No cost | Time Taken: 2-3 days (in between other duties) | Number of Staff Involved: 1 (with some help painting and assembling)
Greenacres Library display is inspired by literary adventure characters and stories, such as Tom Sawyer (paddle steamer), Pippi Longstocking, Tin Tin, Geronimo Stilton, Princess Bride all set against an Australian background. When building your displays a great starting point to consider is the literature associated with the theme.
Cost of Materials: No cost | Time Taken: 6 hours (over several days) | Number of Staff Involved: 4
Gunnedah Library used the Summer Reading Club theme of adventure to theme their children’s section and connect children to their story telling holiday programme over four weeks in January. Week 1–Space, began with a spaceship, a robot, and a reading treasure chest. In Week 2–Pirates, the reading chest transformed into a pirate’s treasure chest. In Week 3–Under the Sea, mermaids, undersea creatures and a Loch Ness Monster (aka their Very Hungry Caterpillar in disguise) were added to the mix in and in Week 4–Jungle, various cardboard creatures from a previously constructed jungle display joined the adventure. Wrapped “mystery” books were placed in a Reading Treasure Chest for children to borrow–the adventure was not knowing what they were borrowing! Materials used to create their displays were either on hand, loaned or donated.
Cost of Materials: No cost | Time Taken: 2 hours | Number of Staff Involved: 1 very clever staff member and junior patrons
Middlemount Library used the Summer Reading Club poster as inspiration for their display. It is easy to see the elements of the poster in their fantastic bookend display. Well done to Middlemount Library for encouraging participation from your junior patrons. Perhaps building a library display could be an activity you could incorporate into your own Summer Reading Club programs.
Cost of Materials: $43.00 (+$11.00 for replacement of one old croc) | Time Taken: 2 hours | Number of Staff Involved: 2 staff to start, but 4 in total (the other 2 couldn’t help but get involved)
Turning your library loans or information desk into a themed display is an excellent way to promote involvement in your Summer Reading Clubs. Moranbah Library demonstrated this nicely with their adventure themed display. Covered in jungle plants, crepe paper vines, and an array of jungle animals checking books out must have been a real adventure over the summer!
Mount Isa City Library–QLD
Cost of Materials: No cost (used materials on hand) | Time Taken: 0.5 hours (Making and hanging decorations; set up of weekly story telling display | Number of Staff Involved: 3
Mount Isa City Library’s displays spread across two areas of their library; the foyer, to introduce patrons and encourage them to sign up to the program, and the children’s area where much of their program took place (launch party, storytelling, activities etc.). They also created mini displays each Wednesday in connection to their storytelling sessions. Using a similar colour palette to the SRC poster and merchandise helped children to identify with and make connections between the displays and the SRC themed materials posted in the library. Mount Isa also found inspiration in the SRC characters and jungle characters available from the SRC Resources suite.
North Rockhampton Library–QLD
Cost of Materials: Not indicated | Time Taken: Not indicated | Number of Staff Involved: Not indicated
North Rockhampton created a lovely summer themed display, demonstrating there are a variety of ways to interpret the Summer Reading Club theme into your library spaces. The visual theme created each year is a great starting point for theming your programs, but don’t be afraid to explore other connections that might also entice your library patrons to participate.
Cost of Materials: $0.00 | Time Taken: Not indicated | Number of Staff Involved: Not indicated
Scone Library’s Adventure Board provides an example of a living themed display. At the onset of Scone’s program, this display may have appeared a little sparse, but a blank canvas can incite excitement, as children wonder “What will happen next?” Throughout Scone Library’s SRC program children added book tags for each completed book read. Utilising the SRC graphic resources to build your own templates is a great way to customise the program to your needs.
St Albans Library–VIC
Cost of Materials: $0.00 | Time Taken: 2 Hours | Number of Staff Involved: 3 + input from library team
St Albans Library got into the SRC adventure spirit by creating a treasure chest display, a hot air balloon adventure display and getting into costume! The materials used in their display were sourced from existing craft supplies and storytime resources, along with some clever re-purposing of cardboard boxes. Building themed displays not only draws attention to the program in your library, it can cultivate some positive team building too!
Cost of Materials: $0.00 | Time Taken: 1 Hour (finding things at home/display setup) | Number of Staff Involved: 1
Another great interpretation of the Summer Reading Club theme of adventure is demonstrated by Tully Library’s SRC display. This display incorporates book titles from the Summer Reading Club Great Reads lists and calls attention to real life adventure filled activities. Incorporating everyday items into your displays is a great motivator for children to pause and explore what is on offer in your space.
Cost of Materials: Nearly free (small cost expended on printing and paper use) | Time Taken: 2 Hours | Number of Staff Involved: 1
Williamstown Library branch received lots of positive comments in response to their SRC Library display. Incorporating printed materials, fabric and props borrowed from family and friends and from around the library, Williamstown Library transformed a display cabinet into a diorama of adventure demonstrating that even in a small space a captivating display can be created. This display was put together in between serving customers on the library floor.
Cost of Materials: $10.00 | Time Taken: 2 Hours | Number of Staff Involved: 2
Yarrawonga Library’s SRC Display demonstrates the effectiveness of simplicity. Building a display around the SRC poster and incorporating images from the resource kit and merchandise materials is a great way to promote your Summer Reading Club program. Filling a display cabinet with themed inspired props will draw extra attention to your display will create a sense of curiosity in young patrons and invite them to stop and find out more.