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You Don’t Have to be Barnes & Noble to Have Cool Book Displays!. Misha Stone -- Fiction Dept., Seattle Public Library & Mary Stillwell Power -- History, Travel & Maps Dept., Seattle Public Library. Why do book displays?. Increase in fiction circulation of 90%

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you don t have to be barnes noble to have cool book displays

You Don’t Have to be Barnes & Noble to Have Cool Book Displays!

Misha Stone -- Fiction Dept., Seattle Public Library


Mary Stillwell Power -- History, Travel & Maps Dept., Seattle Public Library

why do book displays
Why do book displays?
  • Increase in fiction circulation of 90%
  • Increase non-fiction circulation of 25%
  • Patrons who are browsing are open to suggestions
  • Alert patrons to parts of your collection of which they are not aware
more reasons why
More Reasons Why
  • Displays are FUN!
  • Visually appealing
  • Displays help patrons make choices
  • Show ‘em what you got!
  • Increases circulation, of course!
basics of book displays
Basics of Book Displays
  • Choose a theme
  • Make easy-to-read signs
  • Keep a display calendar
  • Store display backstock, if you can
  • Involve staff!
  • Keep refreshing and replenishing
basics of book displays5
Basics of Book Displays
  • Use any & every surface you have!
  • Make the shelves disappear!
  • Make it clear that items are for check-out
  • Look to a variety of places for display ideas
displaying non fiction
Displaying Non-fiction
  • Examples of themes
    • Biographies—birthday display that changes every month
    • National “whatever” month
    • National “whatever” day
    • Tie-in to local events
    • Tie-in to current news events
    • Tie-in to library events
more ideas for non fiction displays
More ideas for non-fiction displays
  • Famous birthdays, month-by-month:
  • YALSA’s non-fiction for teens:
  • Celebrate today! : more than 4,000 holidays, celebrations, origins, and anniversaries / John Kremer. Rocklin, CA : Prima, c1996.
  • On this date-- : a day-by-day listing of holidays, birthdays and historic events and special days, weeks and months / compiled by Sandy Whiteley. Chicago : Contemporary Books, c2003.
  • Chase's ... calendar of events.Chicago, Ill. : Contemporary Books.
shelftalkers for non fiction
Shelftalkers for Non-Fiction
  • Biographies
  • Subject areas
  • Direct patrons to your displays
  • Referrals to other

areas of the collection

equipment for displays
Equipment for Displays
  • Book easels, Plexiglas sign holders, shelves, Shelftalkers, etc.
  • US Gerslyn Ltd.--Tel: +800 GER SLYNFax: +516 767 7476
fiction displays
Fiction Displays
  • Themes: Banned Books, Black History Month, Local Authors, Chick-lit, etc.
  • Pull-lists: how to find enough books!
  • Easy displays: Staff Faves, Good Books You Might Have Missed
  • Semi-permanent displays: African-American, Romance
more fiction
More Fiction!
  • Signs
  • Face-outs
  • Include other formats
children s displays
Children’s Displays
  • Invite them in: vibrant color, collage, shapes, signs—have fun!
  • Props
  • Make shelves disappear
  • Fun themes: Back to School, Poetry Month, Mother’s Day, Biographies, Read a Rainbow, Science Fair Projects, Raining Cats & Dogs, Around the World, etc.
resources for book display ideas
Resources for Book Display Ideas
  • Reedsburg Library Past Book Displays list:
  • Linking displays to library website: &
  • Johnson County Library’s book displays flickr site:
  • Signs and displays info:
  • Ideas for legal/law displays:
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Resources for Book Display Ideas
  • Baker, Sharon L. The Responsive Public Library Collection: How to Develop and Market It, Libraries Unlimited Inc. 1993.
  • Seipp, Michele et al. Book Displays Increase Fiction Circulation Over 90%, Non-Fiction Circulation 25%, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library, May 1, 2002.
  • Woodward, Jeannette A. Creating The Customer-driven Library: Building On The Bookstore Model, American Library Association (November 2004).
  • San Jose Public Library.  The Merchant Librarian: A Hands-On Approach to Collection Promotion, 1993.
contact us with questions or ideas
Contact us with questions or ideas…