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Pinterest for bulletin board anxiety

For me, the beginning of school is made even crazier by bulletin board anxiety.

It has nothing to do with my artistic talents. Granted they are limited.  It has everything to do with idea deficiency.

And then it also has something to do with the need to get something pretty up there even though you know there are really more important things to do and you want the kids to be delighted and you want parents to be impressed . . .

Digression: I have at least three books on the shelf to the left of my desk entitled something along the lines of effective library displays.  I am not so sure about that effectiveness promise. One, published in the 70s, seems to have been written in the 50s.  The kids in the display are wearing Dick and Jane and Sally outfits.

Pinterest to the rescue!  If you are not convinced of the value of Pinterest beyond hobbiest or fashion pursuits, search either library displays or library bulletin boards or even just bulletin boards.  The great visual ideas will blow you away.

Here are a few of my favorite discoveries:

I may use this flexible idea several times.  Once for essential research and learning apps, including our library’s mobile site and databases apps. I am hoping to do another on teacher’s and students’ favorite apps with their personal endorsements.

Source: via Anne on Pinterest

So simple and so effective for Banned Books Week!

Please share any of your own discoveries in comments.  And please share boards of any sort you have found helpful.

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. I have, after all these years of being frustrated by bulletin board anxiety, found the perfect solution. I have two (yes, I am spoiled) amazing assistants. At any given time I will wander about saying, “What could I do with that BB?” The next day they have something whipped up. This year when I returned to school the bulletin boards were all done. They had put them up the last week they worked in the summer (first week of Aug). Viola! The perfect solution.

  2. Heather Heck says

    Joyce, this is AWESOME! I have some student assistants who would be thrilled with this idea, and I’m about to fly the idea of a school library Pinterest board in their direction! LOVE that first image from the song! ADORABLE! And VERY teen-appropriate! Thanks!

  3. You inspired me to create a board for my library’s bulletin boards. It was fund to dig around and find the different photos. I’m missing two series that I really liked so now I have a new mission. Enjoy and thanks for the great trailer idea. I’m going to make small book covers with QR codes and put them all over our new trailer tree.

    Thanks for always posting useful and inspirational information. I love reading your blog.


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