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Whose (First) Line Is It book display

   March 6th, 2017

Our new YA librarian is redefining the teen area in the library. In the course of listening to her plans though, I remembered a display our previous YA librarian had done that I thought was pretty neat.

It looks odd, but she covered popular books with a blank sheet printed with the first line of the book. Partly to gamify the display so people could guess what book it was, but also just as a novel and eye-catching way to get people engaged with books they may not otherwise have picked up.


Also: looking at these photos on flickr, I realized I took them in December of 2015 - oops. Still, it's a cool idea.

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3 Responses to “Whose (First) Line Is It book display”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Love this idea! Stealing it for my library. It reminds me of the “blind date with a book” display we’ve done in the past for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Jenny: Ha – I thought the same thing. I’m happy you’re going to try it out – please let me know how it goes!

  3. Brian Herzog Says:

    Also related to this is adding “And then the murders began.” as the second sentence of any book.

    That is surprisingly fun, although it actually fits well with the book I’m reading now: “The headline appears one afternoon on several news websites almost simultaneously: Governor Packer Attacked! And then the murders began.”