Friday, July 8, 2011

Wordfoto Shelf Signs

You probably already know that I changed my nonfiction to subject categories instead of Dewey. Part of this transition was creating new signs for each area. I have been trying to decide how I wanted to create the signs. I wanted something creative, fun, yet still functional. I considered a ComicLife style like The Daring Librarian, Spell with Flickr, and even plain Power Point with lots of clip art. Yesterday, after reading The Library Girl's post about Wordfoto, I knew this would be great.
I created the signs using the Wordfoto app on my iPad. The app was $1.99 and well worth it, even if I never use it again (although I think I'm addicted now). I found clip art for each subject category, added a new word group for each area and voila. I tried to find clip art that was similar to the genre labels on the spine of the books.
What do you think?
You can find all of the signs on my Flickr photostream, where they are available for you to download and use if you like. I'm going to print them and frame in a plain, black picture frame.

One of our school-wide projects next year is to create a Palmetto tree shaped collage (We're Palmetto Middle) that tells all about us. Each teacher will have the tree outside the classroom door. I made a Wordfoto of my face with the word "librarian" that I plan to put on my tree. I will probably be making lots more for our teachers when they see it. I may even purchase this app for our school iPods because I see potential for simple, student projects.
What kind of signs do you have in your library?


  1. What a great idea! The signs look amazing!

  2. Love, love, LOVE! These are so fantastic. I've added a link to this post on my blog. Way to go, girl!

  3. Amazing! I've been looking for something useful to do with this App. Thanks!

  4. Thanks everybody. Can't take much credit for the art bc the app is so easy:) Looking forward to hanging them up in the library soon.

  5. Love the ideas - isn't it amazing how by sharing we create new stuff! Also thinking would be good to have the photo of a teacher students etc with the titles of their favourite books as a reading promotion ...head is spinning with ideas now - where is my iphone? I am going to start today!

  6. These are flippin' awesome. Now I wanna change to subject organization AND I want this app. Ahh!

  7. Love the signs, thanks for sharing!

  8. Loved the Wordfoto image from 2011, but can't find the rest of the images you created. It would be great not to reinvent the wheel. Are these still freely available?

    1. Check the Mighty Little Librarian blog. She has some updated signs that are even better. I don't have my Flickr account anymore. Sorry