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I love our beautiful new word wall!

Right before we left for Thanksgiving break, we–well, actually Ray, Steve, and Mark–installed about twenty words.  The lovely, purple vinyl words were a gift from my generous friends at Syba Signs for whom I did workshops this summer.

I hope the words continually remind us of what we can do every day in our library.

Thank you Phyl, Jodie, and Mollie!

So, if you had to choose your own top twenty, which words would you choose?

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Naomi Mellendorf says:

    Your own real-life Wordle! Love it! Now to adapt this for a K-5 library…(ideas percolating…)

    Naomi Mellendorf

  2. I don’t know if I could come up with a list of 20 words off hand, but words like inspire, experience, learn, reflect, think, THINK, read, enjoy and grow would be on my list. Words that seem a little touchy-feely or “buzzword”-ish, but really truly are words that apply to everything we do each and every day.

  3. Kim Anderson says:

    I am so excited to give this a go in my middle school library. Here’s my list (so far…)
    think, question, imagine, create, learn, read, share, dream, empower, laugh, transform, integrate, collaborate, invent, design, wonder, contribute, succeed, inspire, overcome.
    Thanks for the idea!

  4. Kathy Kaldenberg had trouble posting this comment. Please check out her fabulous words and the entire word installation process! Beautiful!

    Check out this Animoto on the recent renovation of our elementary school media center. The use of graphics (specifically these verbs: read -learn – explore – wonder – imagine – look – understand – ask –create dream -invent – think – share – discover – investigate – search – find -know – teach – observe – inquire – visualize -predict – build – believe – communicate) was a key element in the overall design.

    Jump to 2:36 to see the installation process. There were about 100 words and it took a professional installer 3 days on a ladder.

  5. After seeing the Robin Hood libraries in SLJ last year, I started collecting questions. Random, random questions! I bought a Cricut for my school and some vinyl and started cutting out the questions and placing them around the top of my media center. When I finish (or get to a place where I think it looks really awsome) I’ll post pictures on my blog. I’ve got 5 questions out of about a million done. It’s a work in progress, but the kids already love them & want to know the answers…at which point I gladly help them look them up.

  6. One of our teachers’ husbands owns a sign company and she’s done some transparent signs for glass windows using words. A variation on this idea for those of you with windows in your libraries!

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