Book Graveyard – Books That Have Had Their Final Checkout

Here is a book graveyard display, made with books that have met an awful end.

At the beginning of each school year, I give a book care talk, and usually hand out damaged books to random students, and let them guess what happened to them–spilled on, chewed by a dog, little sister colored in it. They enjoy guessing what befell the unfortunate books.

This year, I decided to try something different, and let students pay their last respects to these books on display. Nothing too fancy, just some gray construction paper and a Sharpie marker for the headstones. 

I found inspiration from fellow blogger and Assistant Library Director, Rebecca, at Thank you for sharing your ideas.



After learning that many elementary students had their own Instagram account (yes, I know the minimum age is 13), I made a school library account, and I have a small following of students and parents. I post one or two pictures a week at most, I don’t post students’ faces, I don’t follow any students or parents back, and it takes almost no time at all. 

What do I post?


Pictures of new books, book displays, author visits, and activities in the school library. 

Students used my phone to take  some striking close-up photos of the California Mission projects that were on display.  

I posted a time-lapse video of how to cover a paperback. 

Hands down, the most fun posts are the #BookFaceFriday pictures. Google the term and you’ll be entertained by the librarian phenomenon of posing with a book cover and matching face or body parts to the cover. Students love to scout the library for photo possibilities.  

Here are a few examples from my library:


If you are new to Instragram, and don’t know how to use hashtags, take a look at the 5MinLibrarian’s 31 Days of Instagram Challenge for easy ideas and inspiration. 

You’re all invited to follow me on Instagram @opelibrary. I don’t follow individuals back, but I follow various library accounts.