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Thanks to everyone who took time to respond about the location of Word 
Walls in a library.

The last person to respond in that previous hit mentioned a lack of wall 
space for word walls in the LMC.  It's a really good point!  Most of our 
walls are sheathed in shelving.  I can't think of a library of mine in 
recent years that would have word wall space!  So how do you handle that, 
if you've come up with creative solutions?

I have a word wall chart hanging in my library lesson area.  I have a large 
pocket chart hanging on the actual wall and have the words printed on card 
stock.  I purchased the pocket chart and created the words myself.  I slip 
them into the slots and as needed can remove them when discussing or move 
them around.  It is useful to have this flexibility.

My school is first and second grades.  As I teach library use and library 
skills I post the keywords on the word wall alongside their beginning 
letter in the alphabet. The children help me alphabetize them.  After a 
fair number of new words we play a jeopardy game to review.  That is, I 
give the answer and they have to give me the question to show they know 
what the word means and its significance in the library.


I plan to use the bulletin boards behind my OPAC computers to list words 
students ask me to spell for search purposes. I also plan to use space 
close to the ceiling where I usually do not decorate. How about word 
ceilings? I noticed my dentist has a poster on the ceiling, would work for 
words too, right?


Laminate the word cards and make them into mobiles.


We put ours on windows.


You could hang words from the ceiling on strings.  That's how I decorate 
for book fairs and holidays. I should add that I have a soft tile ceiling 
that accepts pins and thumb tacks.

Toni Buzzeo, MA, MLIS <>
Maine Library Media Specialist of the Year Emerita
Maine Association of School Libraries Board Member
Buxton, ME 04093
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