Display, display, what’s in a display?

By Robert Brown

Have you ever wandered into your local library in the hopes of finding books organized by a theme or a topic?  You may not have realized it, but libraries do this all the time with their displays.  When you see a display in the library, know that someone has taken the time to gather materials on a given topic and has placed them together for ease in finding similar materials.

In the Adams County Library System, each branch has many different displays throughout the year.  At the Gettysburg Branch, there is a non-fiction display on the second floor that changes month to month.  The theme may be based on a monthly observation or on something that is happening in current events.  When Queen Elizabeth died, we had a non-fiction display of materials that paid tribute to her.  Other topics in the past have been hobbies, holiday baking, and Normandy, just to name a few.

New to the Gettysburg branch is a display on the first floor.  Each display will last approximately three months, and materials from all of the collections in the library will be included depending on availability.  Presently, the display is about the movie industry.  Oscar winners and nominees of the coveted award will be featured.  This display will culminate with an Oscar Party on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library.  We will watch the trailers of the nominated movies. Each person will receive a ballot to vote on who will win the Oscar in each category.  The person with the most correct votes will win a special prize.  In the event of a tie, there will be a drawing.  If you are unable to attend the party, that’s okay; you can submit a ballot and be included in the competition. Look for the ballots after the nominations have been announced. Ballots will be located with the display until the party on March 9th.  Voting closes at the end of the day on March 9.

Future displays for the first floor will include Biographies, Vacation Destinations, The Dewey Decimal System, and Holidays.  Each display will culminate with some type of program and a chance to win a prize.  Stay tuned and keep on the lookout for more details.

There’s always something happening at your local library! Check it out and get involved!

Robert Brown is Public Services Assistant at the Adams County Library System.

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