April 27, 2018

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The Librarian’s Internet–No More Boring Boards

Dress up your library with eye-catching bulletin boards

By Gail Junion-Metz, 04/01/2002

Having trouble coming up with new and creative ideas for decorating your library and bulletin boards? Teachers and homeschoolers share the challenge of devising innovative ways to display student work, graphically introduce a curriculum unit, or commemorate a holiday or other special event. And then there are white boards, chalk boards, and posters to decorate. These Web sites can help, with display ideas, tips, and printables.

Teacher Helpers Bulletin Board Ideas

Kathy Schrock’s site is a well-maintained list of links to the top bulletin board Web sites. It’s where you’ll want to start your search for bulletin board ideas. Created by: Kathleen Schrock, Nauset Public Schools, Orleans, MA, and DiscoverySchool.com. Don’t Miss: The links to sample bulletin boards, arranged by age level, from elementary to high school.

Boards of a Feather

This cool site posts highly creative tips for bulletin boards, white boards, and chalk boards submitted by teachers across the country. Created by: The National Education Association, Washington, DC. Don’t Miss: The advice on how to clean white boards, even if you accidentally write on them with permanent marker. De tour: For poster ideas, visit www.nea.org/bhelpfrom/growing/works4me/organize/posters.html.

Classroom Décor Ideas

Here are more bulletin board and whiteboard ideas, plus library decoration ideas (how about building an indoor fish pond?). Created by: Teachnet.com, Wichita, KS. Don’t Miss: Check out the offerings in the “Bulletin Boards Library.” Each contains printable graphics and text, along with related teaching ideas. They’re real timesavers—just download the cutouts and assemble them! (Requires Acrobat Reader). My favorite is “Survive with a Good Book.” Detour: For more teacher-submitted ideas, check out teachers.net/lessons/posts/1167.html.

Ideas for Bulletin Boards

This site offers a selection of bulletin board topics—from “question of the week” to “baby pictures”—as well as a large variety of backgrounds and borders. Created by: Kim Steele, Abe Hubert Middle School, Garden City, KS. Detour: For additional bulletin board concepts posted by other teachers, see www.teach-nology.com/ideas/bulletin_boards.

Bulletin Board Ideas for High School Media Specialists

Educators at every level will find this site useful for its creative bulletin board ideas submitted by librarians nationwide. If you have an innovative bulletin board to offer, be sure to send it in! Created by: Judy Serritella, Lovejoy High School, Lovejoy GA. Don’t Miss: The “Catchy Captions” section. My favorite here is the heading “Bet You Can’t Read Just One,” which uses potato chip bags to entice young readers to sample series books. Detour: For a printable selection of black-and-white and color bulletin board borders, visit www.preschoolprintables.com/board/board.shtml. It’s worth a look, despite the annoying banner ads.

A to Z Teacher Tips – Classroom Décor

Here’s a nice selection of practical ideas, such as trompe l’oeil windows, seasonal themes, and tips on embellishing doors, desks, and even ceilings. Created by: A to Z Teacher Stuff, Springfield, MO. Detour: Look at the bulletin board ideas at atozteacherstuff.com/tips/Bulletin_Boards.

Author Information
Gail Junion-Metz (Gail@iage. com), SLJ ‘s Librarian’s Internet columnist, is a librarian and president of Information Age Consultants.