My last display, which was made of LGBTQ-related infographics and Tumblr pictures, actually went over way better than I thought it would. I had an icky feeling that it would be vandalized or that people would be muttering homophobic slurs. Though there was some sort of related vandalism (not cool, teens), I was surprised to find many teens and tweens actually reading the display. No nasty comments. They just stopped walking and read all the different messages on the display. I have no idea if they agreed with the sentiments or not, but I hope someone learned something new or discovered that their library is LGBTQ-friendly.
I felt that the display, though simple in construction, was successful. It wasn’t just visual noise. People were paying attention. So, I’m going to replace it every month or so with a new topic. Next up: Body Image/Body Acceptance.
I admittedly have lots of body image problems, though I’m working on them. It was worse when I was a teenager. At least, I’d like to think I have a healthier attitude about my body now that I’m older. I am a huge Tumblr lurker, and while I’m totally troubled by this “thigh gap” crap (if you don’t know what a thigh gap is, don’t Google it. You’ll be happier not knowing), I am also thrilled to see so many tweens, teens, and otherwise having rational and informed conversations about body image and fat acceptance. I wanted to bring the conversation over to Brooklyn tweens and teens.
I started this display before I left for a week’s staycation. Here’s what I started before I left:
Like the last display, this one will be three panels when finished.
What do you think? It’s a touchy subject for people. I hear so many ill-informed comments from people regarding weight and diet. I just wanted to touch on something that they might not be learning about in school. It’s not as cut and dry as fat=unhealthy or skinny=healthy. I also want to work on broadening people’s horizons regarding what is attractive and what isn’t.
Until next time…
~Love and Libraries, Ingrid