Avi Silberstein, the Outreach Librarian for Greater Victoria Regional Library describes their provocative and engaging Freedom to Read Week display.
We thought it would be fun to have a mannequin – blindfolded – at the entrance to the library. So we made a few phone calls and visited a few stores, and after some persistence were able to convince the owner of a local consignment shop to loan us a mannequin.
We picked out a mannequin that was lying on her stomach with her hands near her face, dressed her up in clothes from the consignment store, and propped a book up in her hands. Then we tied on a blindfold. We put her up on a table, and filled an adjacent table with banned/challenged books. We also made sure to put up some signage explaining the display and that the books were there to be borrowed.
The response we received was overwhelmingly positive. Patrons loved it, staff loved it, and more than anything it got people to stop in their tracks and walk up to the display for a closer look.