Bulletin Board Ideas
Earthlings...take me to your
I generated a picture of an
alien from a graphics program I had at home (PrintShop) or you could
use clip art as well. I used the overhead
projector to enlarge the image and traced it
onto lime green paper. I traced the features in black magic marker.
Then I put colored images of the planets, flying saucers (or anything
else that reminded me of outer space) etc. in the background. The
caption read, "Earthlings...Take Me To Your Readers". The students
Tracie Lake-Kinnaird, Media Specialist, Dearborn
Your Road to Success
Put a road map of the United States for the
background. Make a road of of black construction paper going across
the map and make cars, trucks and semi-trucks out of die cutouts,
going in both directions. Put road signs (in road sign shapes such
as caution, exit signs, and advertisement etc.) with motivational
sayings. EX: Leaders this way (w/arrows), caution: road blocks
ahead, risk takers straight ahead, follow your dreams, caution:
donít follow the crowd, success is hanging on when you want to let
go (with clip art of a monkey hanging on), mistakes are merely steps
up the ladder, this way to new opportunities, think about your
goals, not your limitations. Make the cars and trucks pop out with
some folded (like a fan) construction paper.
Cindy Hildebran (email@example.com), Bradford
Union Vocational Technical Center, Starke, Florida
Oh the places we've
(with apologies to Dr. Seuss)
We let teachers and staff know that we would like
postcards from their summer travels. They did not have to go far
away, even the nearest cities have postcards. I assembled a bulletin
board under the caption "Oh the places we've been". Students and
staff enjoyed seeing pictures from summer vacation trips.
Cuyahoga Falls High School,
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Today in History
My wonderful clerk keeps my large bulletin board up to
date, daily and weekly. She uses dates from LM_net and a book of
special days. She uses photos, posters, holiday cut-outs, etc. and
changes the bulletin board. We use black paper for the background.
Teachers often compliment her on the board and students have commented
"I didn't know it was National Dog Week."
Las Vegas High School
What's the connection?
I select books around specific themes and then have
the students guess what the theme is. I have used survival, award
winners, time travel, banned books, etc.
Bet You Can't Read Just One!
I'm in the process of eating many small bags of Lay's
potato chips ---I'm going to use the caption "BET YOU CAN'T READ JUST ONE!" , then I'm going to take another suggestion
and decorate the board with small bags of chips. I'm going to put laminated copies of my bibliographies for SEQUELS
and SERIES books in the reinforced chip bags, so the students can take the list, get their books, and return the
bibliography to the bags on the bulletin board.
Linda Locker (firstname.lastname@example.org), Harmon Middle School,
Books Fuel Your Mind
Ginny Harrell, McGarrah Elementary, Morrow, Georgia
Friends Don't Let Friends Read Junk
You can use everyday and famous slogans and tweak them
just a little to create an attention getting bulletin board. I heard
the remark "Friends don't let friends drive drunk" and changed it just
a bit. You could have pictures of friends reading, book jackets, or
pictures of book covers.
Lovejoy High School,
We're the Talk of the School
The board features pictures of students and teachers
with callouts stating what they had to say about the library and the
librarians (all nice, of course!). Kids love to see themselves on a
Nancy Garabed, Council Rock HS,
ARMS Media Center: New and Improved!
my school was new, I had many many book jackets and wanted to display
them. It was great to be able to say "yes" when students asked,"Hey,
do you have these books?" I kept the book jackets as a frame and
changed the middle of the board for an entire year. Here I have a book
quote from Groucho Marx. For fall I had a tree with falling colorful
leaves. Christmas was a big gold star. When this board began, it
read," ARMS Media Center: New and Improved!" Since I had gotten such a
large shipment of new books in.
Austin Road Middle School,
Earn the HOPE All Ye Who Enter Here
Instead of 'abandon hope' from the famous quote, we
have a sign that reads "Earn the Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here" on the
bulletin board outside the Media Center. In Georgia, all students who
maintain a "B" average through high school are eligible for the HOPE
scholarship which will finance their college education. The HOPE
scholarship is financed through the Georgia lottery, but don't
capitalize the word and it can still work.
Judy Serritella, Lovejoy High School, Lovejoy,
Stressed for Success
The month of February is a stressful time of our seniors. FAFSA is due on the first, scholarships deadlines loom: this is their last semester before hitting the big, wide world. I promote career and college oriented reading materials.
Dallas (Oregon) High School Librarian,
Fishing for a Good Book?
This bulletin board was designed as a springtime
bulletin board, but depending on where you live, you could use this
almost any time during the year. Use
an old pair of blue jeans perched on columns to resemble a
dock, a fishing pole, some plastic fish. The background is blue with
green plants to simulate underwater. Book jackets or actual books are
Osseo Junior High School,
I covered the bulletin board with wrapping paper
purchased from ALA. Then I printed out information on a "new
Lovejoy High School,
See Who is Shining at Anywhere High School
One of the bulletin boards in my media center stays up
all year. Title: SEE WHO'S SHINING AT FORBUSH HIGH SCHOOL. We have a sun in
the corner and cut out articles about our students from the local
newspapers. Luckily, I am in a rural high school and we have two local weekly
papers that are good about covering the positive things our students do. My
student assistants cut out and post the new articles each week. Students are
always looking at it and will tell me if I miss their pictures.
Mary Carter, Forbush High School, East Bend, NC
Blue Light Special
Blue Light Special: Now available in the LMC.
This bulletin board stays up all year, but the
photocopied magazine covers are changed monthly. A list of magazines
that are in the LMC are in the center of the board. Used Christmas
blue lights around the edge blink off and on throughout the day.
This board promotes our magazines that are used for
Barb Devore, Oakville Senior High, St. Louis Mo.
This is Your Brain...This is Your Brain on Books
My bulletin board is 2 feet high and 9 feet wide. I
divided it into three sections. I developed my graphics with Microsoft
Publisher, using a picture of a brain. For the first picture I made
the brain quite small, for the second, the brain is (freakishly) huge.
The captions are: This is your brain.
This is your brain on books.The third section just has the sentences: Any
questions? Ask your librarian.
Maria Levetzow, Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf IA 52722
Carlsbad High School
Before They Were Movies
At the Hermitage Branch Library of the Nashville
Public Library System, we mostly do bulletin boards that bring
attention to special events. However, we came up with a board that can
go up any time of the year and which could change from year to year:
"Before They Were Movies."
Most children don't realize that Disney did not create
Sleeping Beauty, etc., so, using our color printer, we printed off a
VHS cover of a movie that the children are familiar with to match a
cover of the book the movie was based on. Some of the books/movies we
used were "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Stuart Little,"
"Little Women," and "Matilda."
We used star-shaped Ellison cut-outs as our boarder
and made sure we listed the call number for each book (example: JUV