A visit to the school library is one of the only times a student ventures beyond the classroom during the school day. Therefore, the library provides an opportunity for students to have a learning experience that is unique to traditional studies. Decorations are one way to make this special library time a positive, memorable experience. A well-decorated school library can inspire students to enjoy reading and to read more often.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Decorate by season. Hang leaves in the fall, snowflakes and white lights in the winter, and paper flowers at springtime This effect brings the organic joy of nature into the library. To accompany the seasonal decor, include a table of books that relate to the particular season (i.e. "The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs would work for the winter theme table). The seasonal theme can also include various holiday decorations for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day and May Day.
Decorate by reading genre. Organising the library into sections based on genres such a fiction, non-fiction, science books and many others is both fun and useful. Teachernet.com recommends keeping an aquarium in the library, which would be perfect to include near the section with animal-related books. For the fiction section, large cutouts of famous fictional characters such as Harry Potter can be posted next to the sign reading "Fiction." Surrounding the geography section there can be many large and varied maps.
Hang the walls and cover the tops of shelves with artwork made by the students themselves. For example, these can be drawings of favourite book characters, book dioramas, drawings of famous authors, or individual interpretations of famous book covers. Covering the library in student artwork reminds students that this library is just for them.
Create cosy reading corners by using beanbag chairs, lamps, fuzzy carpet, and curtains to really make it feel like a comfortable reading space. This will set the library apart from the classroom, where less laid-back studying occurs. A cosy reading corner will help make the library a place where students look forward to going. Teachernet.com recommends finding old furniture from a yard sale or asking a furniture store to donate a comfortable chair or couch.
Make a student-recommended notice board. Similar to the staff-recommended shelves found in many bookstores, this notice board would include the book recommendations of students in various grade-levels. This is a way that students can see what their friends enjoyed reading and therefore provides them with an idea of what books to check out. This process also encourages students to talk to each other about the books they're reading, which adds to their general enthusiasm about the subject.
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