Many people don't want to ask for book recommendations, and they may walk straight into the library and wander the stacks, seeming unable to find something that appeals to them. That's where displays come in. Library displays can be your most powerful passive readers' advisory tool, as you can bring recommendations right to your patrons.
There is no limit to the creativity you can use when creating library displays. For some, you may want to create a bulletin board with detailed artwork. Other displays can just be books pulled aside with an attractive sign explaining the display. You can do whatever works for you and your patrons. Here are some great display ideas:
These could be based around one book or series that is currently popular. For example:
- Recommended reading for Potterheads (for fans of Harry Potter)
- Thrillers if you loved Gone Girl
- Memoirs if you liked Wild
You could also do a broader "read-alike" display - called something like "Find Your Next Great Read". Pick a bunch of unrelated books and put a tag on each of them that says "Read if you liked _____". That's the concept behind the photo above.
Some people really like reading things that are set in certain places. Create a book map display and highlight titles that are set in different parts of the world. Focus your map on Canada or the world! (See the example with the bottom right image).
Books to Screens displays
One way to entice people, especially reluctant readers who may be more inclined to watch TV than read, is a books and screens display. Feature books that are related to popular movies and TV series. There are plenty to choose from that can be geared to children or adults!
Create displays based on genre (ie. What's new and hot in Canadian fiction; fantasy; crime). Pull out popular books from a particular genre and highlight them. This can be a great way for fans of the genre to find new items, or for other readers to learn about a new genre.
Staff picks are a great way to entice patrons. Create staff pick bookmarks or shelf talkers with every staff member's name on them, and put them in books throughout the collection, or pull all the staff picks into a display. Patrons will start to learn the tastes of different staff members and may find someone who aligns perfectly with their own tastes!
Bestseller or Popular displays
Using bestseller lists or statistics from your library, create a display of recently returned or extremely popular items. People like to see what others are reading.
This is a wonderful creative idea that has been popular for a couple of years now. Create a library "Readbox" - like a Redbox for movie rentals, but fill it with books! It's fun, creative, and shows people that books can be just as entertaining as movies!
Pinterest has great inspiration for how to take these ideas and turn them into reality! Search any one of these ideas to see how other libraries have done it - and start creating your library's displays!