At Kailua Intermediate School, Librarian Kathleen Nullet strategically diplays nonfiction books to encourage reading and borrowing of nonfiction books. Students do read and borrow the nonfiction titles.
Bobbye Yamamoto, Castle High School Librarian has a table dedicated to a jigsaw puzzle that students, teachers and staff are working on. When I visited earlier this year they had completed five puzzles. The puzzles are very popular!
Holomua Elementary School Librarian Ruby Arita uses many book stands and display racks to showcase book covers and encourage borrowing. The stands and racks are all over the library on the floor, on top of book cases, and at book case ends.
Iolani Upper School Library has a table full of drink bottles, lunch sacks and food containers at the entrance. It’s a creative way to prevent eating and drinking in the library. Iolani Upper School Head Librarian Tennye Cabrera explained it was like the “Amnesty Table” at the airport before you reach the TSA security check point. Students leave their food and drinks on the table and do not get in trouble.
Terri Tanji, Leihoku Elementary School’s Librarian has an efficient system so books get checked out on days her library assistant works. When classes visit the library, students put a marker or post-it on books they want to borrow. Leihoku Elementary Library Assistant Miss Jenn checks the books out, puts them in the classroom box which then gets delivered a few days after the class visited the library.
My second favorite free design tool is Microsoft’s Snipping Tool. It comes with Windows 7 (so technically it’s not free). This tool is very convenient and easy to use. With the Snipping Tool you can take a snap shot of anything on your desktop screen. Examples include a picture, part of a webpage, recipes, news stories or book reviews. I use the Snipping Tool when I need a picture of something that is included in part of a flyer, brochure or webpage and I don’t have the individual picture file of the item.
Per the Microsoft website, “Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you’re using a PC with a touchscreen). Then you can annotate, save, or e-mail the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window.”
When creating flyers I usually use the Snipping Tool together with Canva. Some of the book covers in the HaSTA flyer from last week’s Free Design Tool post were created with the Snipping Tool.
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