SRC On Display 2016

Heroes and Villains Unleashed in Libraries

Thank you to all libraries that entered the 2016 Library Display competition. The competition was tough this year. A total of fifty-three entries were received!

This year 5 categories emerged from the entries received:

Based on the provision of a short narrative, budget, and creativity the following libraries were awarded prizes. Each library will receive a $250 Officeworks gift card, a Marvel Monopoly Board game and a Pass the Bomb Junior word game (to the value of $300 each).

The SRC Team would also like to give an Honourable Mention to Bowen Library in QLD, winners of the 2015 Library Display Competition. It is clear that the staff up North really enjoy the challenge of a complete SRC library transformation! Their Heroes and Villains Headquarter Castle is awe inspiring! Congratulations on your creativity! (Having already received a prize for their display building talents, they were not eligible for a prize this year.)


Winner: The Space Activation Award — Gunnedah Shire Library, NSW

“Wow! Look at the Bat Cave!” 

The Bat Cave!

Cost of Materials: $30.00 | Time Taken: Approx. 8 hours | Number of Staff Involved: 2 staff & 1 volunteer

With a superman above the front door, a giant superhero hungry caterpillar, a heroes and villains book display case, themed internal display window and a Bat Cave in the children’s area, the Heroes and Villains programming theme was definitely unleashed from top to toe across all spaces at the Gunnedah Shire Library!

As well as decorating the library with various superhero and villain cardboard figures, some of which the children and adults could pose with, Gunnedah Shire Library held a “Find the Superheroes and Villains” competition.
37 pictures of different heroes and villains were printed, numbered and placed throughout the library. The children were given a numbered entry form, on which they had to locate and name, or describe, the figures they found. It was like a scavenger hunt and generated great excitement and teamwork amongst family and groups of friends. Parents also joined in. It was one of the activities for their Junior Brain Games and School Holiday program during January 2017. Prizes were Heroes and Villains crayons, scrapbooks, erasers and colouring pencils.

Congratulations to Robyn and her team at Gunnedah!

with a shout out to Mount Isa Library, QLD

and Surat Library, QLD


Winner: The Collections Based Award — SpringVale Library, VIC

Cost of Materials: $25.00-$50.00 | Time Taken: Approx 3-4 hours | Number of Staff Involved: 2 staff 

One way to theme your library for the summer is to tap into your collection! Simple, yet effective, Springvale Library’s use of photocopied comic book covers and printed images really captures the eye. Springvale’s display also allowed them to engage with the local historical society, who loaned them a mannequin, to be dressed in a staff member’s hand made Wonder Woman cosplay costume and shield.

Vanessa, at Springvale shares that “the reactions to the display were fantastic, people loved the comic covers and stopped for a closer look on their way to the study area or before searching for books, and Wonder Woman caused a bit of a stir. There were many children and adults that stopped to take photos with her.”

Congratulations Springvale Library!


Winner: Staff Enthusiasm/Engagement Award — Alice Springs Library, NT

Cost of Materials: $0.00 | Time Taken: 3 hours | Number of Staff Involved: 1 staff

For first timers, the enthusiasm of Alice Springs Library staff topped the charts!  Active across a variety of social media platforms, employing cosplay, creativity, and templates and materials from the SRC Dropbox, staff shared that their efforts captured the hearts of their community; “Parents and kids loved the Superhero theme of the SRC display and often commented that they hadn’t been as aware of the Club in previous years. This year, it got their attention!” We love the call to action put forward by Super Star Steph in this Facebook post:


Posted by Alice Springs Public Library on Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Congratulations to Clare, Steph and the staff at Alice Springs Library!


Winner: Community Engagement Award–Gin Gin Library, QLD

Cost of Materials: $2.00 | Time Taken: 2-3 hours | Number of Staff Involved: 1 staff

Sharon Millet of Gin Gin Library is also a new comer to the Summer Reading Club program. As a single staff member library, the display she created using materials she already had on hand – black card, yellow paper, white card, textas, craft items, blutack, laminating sleeves and printing, blew the SRC Team away.  (The $2.00 was to purchase a few extra pieces of black card!)

Not only does this display catch your attention and encourage involvement in the SRC,  it is easy to see the sense of ownership each young reading superhero would feel in returning to this library all summer long. If you look closely at pictures on the wall, you will also discover more child-centered engagement as junior library patrons became flying sensations on a blue-screen floor!

Sharon writes, “Both the children and the adults loved the display.  They got a real kick out of having their own face on the super hero flying above Gotham City! Many of the children chose their spot in the sky and their flying buddy.  Even today families were still looking at all the characters to find children they  know.”

Congratulations Sharon! This is one heroic first time display.


Winner: Library Outreach Award — Griffith City Library, NSW

























Griffith City Library are the 2016 SRC Library Outreach Champions! From school visits, an Inter-School Participation Competition, and promoting the SRC at the Griffith Central Shopping Centre this library was on fire. Through their efforts 1000 summer reading packs were handed out at schools, at the shopping centre and at their library. We especially like the “whole-self” in approach. Congratulations Library Mike and Princess Rina (aka Spider-Man and Princess Belle) for your efforts.

A Shopping-Centre Stall
Check-out their Facebook post of Library Mike and Princess Rina’s  SRC trip to the shopping centre (aka Spider-Man and Princess Belle.)

The School Participation Competition
Griffith City Library kept a running tally of how many books were read by the schools in their catchment. The gross numbers were weighted to reflect the per capita/enrollment of each school. This gave them a way to compare each school’s relative participation independent of school size.

The Super Library Mike Competition
Library Mike thought it would be cool to include a creative writing competition in their summer holiday program, to provide and outlet for the more creative types over the holidays. The winning entry was then presented back as an award to the prize winning contestant.  What a great idea!


Heroes and Villains Unleashed in Libraries 2016

Thank you to all libraries that entered the 2016 Library Display Competition. As you can see, the translation of the 2016 Heroes and Villains theme into library spaces (and onto librarians!) was spectacular!