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I am changing positions next year--from a 1st grade teacher to a Library Media Specialist in a high school. As a primary teacher, décor has ALWAYS been a major part of room set up. What are some items that should be in a library--posters, signs, etc. Also, do you ordinarily decorate your door or just leave it plain? I went to visit the other day and there was nothing on the wall and there were little subject identification plates on the shelves--very plain and boring. Is it the norm to have nothing on the wall and those tiny plates for identification? Also, where is a good place to buy banners to hang with a high school message?


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I'm in a middle school, but I go to the HSs often for meetings. Both are decorated nicely, not too much to overwhelm, but with Dewey posters, reading posters, student art work, and more. Each section is clearly identified so browsing is easy. Most of the library catalogs have what your looking for, some of the stuff can be pricey. Both do themed book displays (fiction and non-fiction).

I had a group of students make Dewey posters for me, they came out great! Since the library is for the students, I like to make to encourage students to help with signag as much as possible. I do the important stuff, they do the rest.

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Thank you for your response. Your description sounds like something I would like to do. I'll check the library catalogs. One thing I will definitely have to get used to is letting the students make things for the library. I am so used to doing everything for myself.
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I am also a transplant from a 1st grade classroom. This will be my 3rd year in an elementary media center. I agree with Blcw to allow the students to take ownership of their library by making signs and posters. You are fortunate to have high schoolers who are more independent, resourceful, and creative.

My elementary students love to make word clouds. Instead of buying Dewey posters, I like to get students show what they know about the Dewey Decimal System, by having them make Dewey word clouds. They work in groups of 2-3 to explore a category, make a list, and create the word cloud. I think I will add artwork to the word clouds next school year.

You also have the advantage of having students who can create posters about digital citizenship/literacy. The students might also enjoy making displays to promote a library program or special collection.

Good luck with your new position.
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