One of the challenges of a library in a K-12 school is creating an environment that makes everyone (from kindergarteners to seniors) feel welcome. I try not to cute it up so much for the elementary kids that it turns away the high school students. But I want it to be bright, colorful, warm, and fun, too.
So I decided to do a beach theme; I bought adirondack chairs for the book nook, and then decorated with kites, beach balls, shells, and fishing nets. One of our awesome high school art teachers printed a panoramic picture of the beach in the Bahamas to go in the book nook. Our awesome biology teacher loaned us some seashells and coral to complete the display.
I created a bulletin board for our principal to "hang 10" as the students earn AR points. The kids love it! Please notice the beautiful crests on these waves, made lovingly by my mother.
Over the front doorway, I hung 10 beach balls from the ceiling. I'll take a picture next week and post it.
End result of this little refresher: bye bye boredom!