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How Little Ideas Can Make Big Statements in Your School

Students and staff at Urbandale High School have always tried to have a bit of extra fun in the school’s Media Center during National Library Week as a way to promote the awesome power of libraries to transform learning and collaborating. The school even rebranded the Media Center to LMC (Library Media Center) and created new graphics to communicate the opportunities available in the Center.

Some teachers and students struggled to understand and use the new acronym widely. While the LMC space was already beautifully designed and decorated, staff and teachers had always wanted to showcase students’ artistic talents by filling the vast ceiling and wall space in the LMC with student work.

To help communicate the new brand and put a spotlight on student accomplishments, a UHS library associate who’s currently a MLIS graduate student at the University of Iowa, created five graphics and turned them into complex advanced coloring pages. Throughout the day, students who visited the LMC colored each mural.

The images were enlarged to fit the brick space that is visible from almost every corner of the LMC. Heartland AEA collaborated with UHS to ensure that the sizing and printing of the murals could be done in a cost effective way. The murals were then installed! The addition of colorful murals has helped to liven up the space, making it more teen friendly and providing students with a sense of ownership.

“We are very lucky to have Heartland AEA for our printing needs. Not only do they get the work done quickly, but they are willing to work with you to find the best possible solution for your ideas. I am positive that these murals will be a hit with everyone from students and their families to teachers and community members. Thank you for all you do to support teachers and schools.”

~ Christine Watson, Teacher Librarian, Urbandale High School

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