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Barbara Frum's Winter Elevator Display: Curl Up With a Good Book

January 17, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (0)

“That is the best display ever.  It’s the first time that a display has caught my attention.”  These were the exact words from a library customer that was awed by Barbara Frum’s Elevator Display on a bone-chilling Thursday evening.

Library staff are pleased to know that customers appreciate the workmanship that goes into the creation of our displays.  At the Barbara Frum Library, a Displays Team has been instituted to manage the ideas, books and overall appeal of our displays. 

I took a few minutes today to interview one of our Display team members, Lauren Gallacher.

Me: Can you please explain the overall idea behind the Winter 2011 display?
L: My goal was to convey a warm and comfortable feeling.  As you may know, winter can be treacherous at times with the excess snow and belligerent winds.  I wanted to create a display that warmed people up.

Me: What motivated you to do such an awesome job?
L: I am meticulous – I pay attention to small details.  I was also motivated because I wanted to create a welcoming feeling for people of all ages, religions and identities.  I think this display is particularly special because of its location.  I think most people will agree that elevator rides are sometimes awkwardly uncomfortable, so I was motivated to offset this feeling.

Me: You have a pretty fine book selection, how did you come up with this?
L: My colleague Linda who is also part of the Displays Team worked on this.  I know that she checked the “Your Next Great Read” section of our website, she also focused on authors that are visiting the Barbara Frum Library and she self-selected some of her personal favourites

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Do you have any display themes that you would like to see?  Drop us a comment and we’ll try our best to fit it in!

Your displays captain,



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