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Teen Interns Get Innovative with Display Ideas at VA High School Library

Enlarged prints by college students at Western Albemarle Excessive College are brightening up the stacks. Photographs by Sydney Dell & Melissa Techman

As Leonardo da Vinci as soon as stated, “Simplicity is the final word sophistication.” Staying true to this theme, we channeled simplicity into an progressive show technique for our library at Western Albemarle Excessive College (WAHS) in Crozet, VA, the place we’re college students.

Educators typically need to show pupil creations, however battle with the best way to dangle paintings on painted concrete partitions like those in our faculty library. Sticky putty and tape are short-term strategies, however they don’t final, and bulletin board area runs out in a short time.

So at the WAHS library, we’re utilizing a brand new show technique. It’s a easy answer to the difficulties of showcasing pupil paintings.  All you want are engineer print enlargements, a sizzling glue gun, steel washers, and tremendous magnets.

Supplies wanted for the tremendous magnet show technique.

Selling pupil expression, particularly by paintings, is among the most vital issues at our library. To be able to implement that, we had college students submit pictures or different 2-D artwork to be enlarged. Our enlargement technique is the engineer print, which has similarities to a blueprint. These low cost prints can are available black and white or colour. The corporate we’re presently utilizing is Parabo Press, an internet retailer related to PhotoJojo. We love working with Parabo Press due to their reductions and suppleness with colleges and billing. We submit pupil photos, lots of that are taken with iPhones, they usually come again as large, lovely, and vibrant prints. There will be some fuzziness and pixilation when seen up shut, but it surely’s hardly noticeable when put up on a wall.  Nonetheless, after we can, it’s good to get excessive decision pictures, (ideally a 300 dpi picture), earlier than we enlarge.

Placing up an enlarged print.

To be able to dangle our newly enlarged photos, we use small tremendous magnets (neodymium) and steel washers. We purchase 1/Eight-in x 1-in washers and hot-glue them to the wall. Subsequent,we maintain image in place by placing the tremendous magnets on high of the washers. The corporate we used initially for the magnets is GoodHangups. Their system, Magnastickers, will be discovered at Mattress Tub & Past and on-line, however we discovered washers to be an inexpensive different.

Tremendous gluing steel washers to the wall.

This tremendous magnet method additionally makes it extraordinarily simple to alter out photos. All it’s important to do is take away the tremendous magnets, change the outdated image, and stick them again on! This technique offers a straightforward method to show great paintings and brighten up a library, or any area.

Our library doesn’t have any home windows, so it’s nice to have nature pictures up on the partitions to usher in the surface. When a gathering was not too long ago held within the library, a college board member complimented the colourful, high-quality prints. The WAHS group loves the attractive photos, and college students are proud to see their pictures prominently displayed within the library.

Pinning up the prints with tremendous magnets.

The thought for our new show technique got here to us throughout our yearlong internship in our faculty library. Supervised by one in every of our faculty librarians, Melissa Techman, our official title is Library Communications and Outreach Interns. As a part of our internship, we replace the library’s Twitter account about upcoming occasions and put up pupil paintings, we launched a weblog, and we brainstorm new venture concepts. Subsequent yr, we plan to show extra student-created Three-D paintings and work on small wood cabinets lining the again wall of the library.

This tremendous magnet show technique has been our largest venture but.  We have now had a extremely nice expertise serving to carry this concept to life, and brightening up our library within the course of. Strolling by the library and seeing the colourful prints on the wall all the time brings a smile to college students and school. Being a library intern has been such an superior expertise this yr. It’s an incredible program to be part of, and presents us with so many superb alternatives, like writing this text. We’ve additionally been invited to Houston subsequent yr to talk on a panel for the Nationwide Council of Lecturers of English. We undoubtedly suggest this type of internship program to high school librarians, as a result of pupil’s concepts and initiatives can assist enhance any library or college.

Images pupil Amanda Carroll’s image brings magnificence to the library.

College students learning beneath a panorama photos by pupil Shane Matthews.



Claire Aminuddin is a sophomore at Western Albemarle Excessive Sschool in Crozet, VA. Along with taking part in band and observe, she is a pacesetter within the WAHS Psychological Well being Committee and president of the Wellness Ambassadors Membership.



Peyton Beaumont is a junior at WAHS. She is energetic in drama, works part-time at C-Ville Escape Room, and labored as a paid intern within the Small Particular Collections Library on the College of Virginia.


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