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Happy Summer, All!
Our summer days are rapidly coming to an end and I'm beginning to think about the 
fall.  Our school has decided on a variety of themes to begin the school year - one 
per grade.  That's great, but leaves the library out!  All the themes are generally 
around an "exploring" theme and I decided on the "Book a Trip" theme from 
Highsmith.  I've got the posters, stamps, and passports ordered.  I'm planning a 
window display inside the library, with each continent poster and "tickets" 
containing books set in or about that continent.  When the students read these 
titles, stamps are given in the passports, etc.  I've got the basics of that worked 
out, just not how to decorate!
I'm going to design my own screen-print for a t-shirt to wear open house.  This 
will somehow have the Book a Trip/travel/explore theme - I haven't gotten it down 
just yet.  My dilemma is how to decorate outside the library?  The hall to my left 
is doing the rain forest.  The hall to my right is doing Magic Tree House.  We also 
have an ocean and an outback theme going in the building.  How can I decorate about 
the "trip" theme?  I'd thought about setting up a "velvet" rope area leading to a 
ticket counter (which would be the door to the library), but that's not seeming to 
"gel" in my mind just yet.  I have wall of windows on the front of my library, so 
decorating can be challenging.  My doors are inset with three large floor to 
ceiling windows between them.  The little alcove can be great for decorating, as 
it's essentially out of the flow of traffic, but what to do? 
I'd love something reminiscent of Indiana Jones and an ancient ticket 
counter/airport/train station.  You know the scenes from the old movies.  I'm just 
not sure how to make it happen in the space I have.  ANY ideas would be welcome.  
I'm certainly open to going in a completely opposite direction.  My brain isn't in 
school mode and home renovations have zapped any creative brain cells I have.  I'm 
looking forward to going back to work to get some rest!  Book a!   hg

Holly Gillum, LMS
Anderson Elementary
Crossett, AR 71635
"Reading gives you some place to go when you have to stay where you are."  ~Mason 


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