Decorating with Rainbows

February is LGBT+ History Month, so I’ve spent a portion of today decorating a library’s windows with flags and logos. As we’re largely closed to the public we can’t do our usual approach of book displays and historical posters, so I’ve improvised.

There are some nice packs of flags and bunting available on Amazon for reasonable prices so I grabbed one to provide the base elements for display.

The subject theme for this year is Mind, Body, and Spirit – a focus on mental health and support – so a raid on the shelves is imminent to build it properly.

Well, that was a fast month

Life continues to bounce up and down, as well as take little tangential side journeys, but we’re still here. The library has had me building haunted toilets and suspending them from the ends of shelves,

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as well as malevolent plant life that feeds itself for displays around this year’s Summer Reading event.

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Aimed at encouraging people of all ages to read more, the event runs over the summer in every library in the UK. This year, the theme is The Creepy House – hence the monstrous guardians now menacing all visitors to my workplace.

So far, its mostly been adults who have been bemused by the displays. The youngsters love them. I’ve been proudly using this to underline that a childhood spent peering round the sofa at Dr Who episodes has done me no harm, so why not allow the current batch of kids to have a controlled dose of healthy scares too?

So far I seem to be winning the argument, but I can’t help but secretly hope that someone complains that it has frightened their youngster… The local kids all just seem to think the plant is cool and the toilet ghost is funny…

The scheme starts this Saturday 13th July. My, summer already? You’ll be telling me there’s sunshine out there next..!