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The Artful Book Display: Getting It Right

The other day I posted my most popular tweet of all time. I didn’t really mean to but, as with most things on the internet, it’s never the tweet or the post that is most important to you that catches on like wildfire. In this particular case I was at Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville to see Jason Reynolds speak about his new Spiderman/Miles Morales book series. Naperville isn’t particularly close, but these days that man’s worth driving hundreds of miles to see. Until this day I’d only ever been to Anderson’s location in LaGrange, and at one point I had a little time to kill. I wandered about and saw this book display:


Which led to this tweet:


What’s so clever about a display like this is that it allows the bookstore to sell a wide variety of new books in an eye-catching display done, you have to admit, with very little work. All the employees had to do was print out the little signs and select the books. Batta bing, batta boom.

At my public library I do the adult book displays and having to come up with original collections can be tricky. Surprisingly, I haven’t been able to locate a website or blog that brings together all the different kinds of displays that are out there. There are some Pinterest pages, absolutely, but I would love a site entirely dedicated to them.  Maybe one exists.?Public, I put it to you! Does such a thing exist? I know that the blog Library Displays is now defunct.  Has anyone plucked up the mantle?

I’m also quite fond of children’s book displays located in places where children’s books are not a given. For example, here is a display I discovered recently at my local bike shop Bucephalus Bikes:


It was Eti Berland who saw this and wrote to me, “Celebrating literacy found in community spaces. Sounds like a blog post that needs to exist :)”  She’s absolutely right, of course, but it’s tricky.

In no way can this blog be the site for all those great displays. . . . but, if you wanted to send me some that you think are particularly keen I’d be more than happy to include them here. In the meantime, here are some links you might find helpful in your display-ing:

It’s a start.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Genevieve says:

    That bike store display is terrific! Community literacy indeed. Would love it if more stores had thematic collections of books.
    Grocery stores could definitely have ones with fruits and vegetables, and books with grocery store operator characters (if there are any besides Mr. Hooper) …