On Saturday, Mary and I went nuts getting lots of our Summer Reading Program displays up since it’s a new month and this Friday is the kick-off for summer programming. Before we opened, I laid out the large picture find on the floor once more to re-attach any fallen images, as well as add all the footprints and smaller books. Biggest lesson learned? Don’t mess with reusable double-sided tape. Whatta mess! As I quickly reattached/added images (with permanent tape), Mary was putting up her fun contribution to the Picture Find: grass made out of book pages. Our plan was to have grass roots coming down from the upper-level grass (which was naturally divided by the window frames). However, upon a few tests, we decided the roots looked too messy and opted not to paint them.
<p style=”text-align:center”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-615″ title=”LOVE this layered grass at the top of the window.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/backofposter31.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”438″></p>
The best surprise was once we hung the giant poster, we noticed that from the back side the picture cut outs looked like stones in dirt. I’d planned on doing one more layer of book pages to back the poster/hide the tape. But once we saw how amazing it looked with the light coming through, we decided to leave it as-is.
<p style=”text-align:center”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-616″ title=”How cool is this?! I love unexpectedly fun surprises (and this one led to less work – which makes it even better)!” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/backofposter1.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”1006″></p>
I can also reveal how we re-used the clouds from our <a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/2013/04/08/april-showers/ ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>April Showers</a> display: we turned them into tree tops! Mary painted the clouds green. Then we took poster tubes, covered them with book pages, and did a brown color wash to give it more of a bark-like look. Then we cut a hole in the bottom of the clouds and inserted the tubes. The tubes are stabilized a bit by having 5 lb weights in their base. We initially set them out on the bookcases with the thought we’d keep our eyes on kids to see if they proved to be too tempting to touch. We had our answer within ten minutes with the first kids in the library (two 7 year-old boys with their grandma).
<p style=”text-align:center”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-617″ title=”The first location for the balloon trees. They looked magnificent, but proved to be too much of a temptation – and even with the weighted bottom portions, they’re still rather top-heavy.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/trees11.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”778″></p>
The boys practically made a beeline for them and almost knocked one onto the ground. We then moved them to a less prominent, but more safe location in some deep windowsills.
<img class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-618″ title=”The hope is that if a child gets curious and pushes on any part of the tree, that it being in a rather enclosed space, the child won’t get hit with the tree. If they pull on it, however, it will fall on them. Here’s to hoping that parents supervise their children ::crosses fingers::” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/trees21.jpg?w=225″ alt=”” width=”225″ height=”300″> <img class=”size-medium wp-image-619 alignnone” title=”We love putting a gardening-related item or two beneath the trees :)” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/trees3.jpg?w=225″ alt=”” width=”225″ height=”300″>
<span style=”font-style:inherit;line-height:1.625″>I was having to run between our two library locations that day, and left Mary in charge of continuing our work to get things looking good. She had made many larger-sized versions of the official Summer Reading critters that we put in the windows along with some posters. You can see a few of the critters beneath the trees in the above pictures. When I came back after being gone about an hour, she had used dry erase crayons and some window cling images that we were not keen on using (since they were so very small-scale compared to everything else we were doing) and created an amazing work of art on our dry erase board. Hooray for having a talented artist on our team!</span>
<p style=”text-align:center”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-620″ title=”So adorable!!! Thank you Mary!” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/whiteboard1.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”584″></p>
It was a rather slow Saturday, with only a handful of children coming into the library – and none seemed interested in our giant picture find. However, this morning my boss texted me a picture from about an hour after the library opened (<em>I have the day off – woot!</em>). What the image showed made my heart soar:
<p style=”text-align:center”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-621″ title=”I hope that this display stays this popular! I also hope that the kids are finding all the hidden critters.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/kidsusinglogo.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”778″></p>
There is one more large project going on for Summer Reading in terms of decor. It’s VERY close to being finished, but we need a few more supplies. Here’s a small hint:
<p style=”text-align:center”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-622″ title=”The tubes on the left were what we used for the "balloon tree" bases. It’s the green paper lanterns that are the hint. Us storing them in the window sills have also inspired us for a future display :)” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/treesandlanterns.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”778″></p> Hopefully I’ll have the finished project ready to show off next week!