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Friday, May 5, 2017

Explore Your World: Display for the UM Township Library | May 2017

Every year I sign up to put up a display for the library. I try to come up with different themes each year, usually involving photography and creativity. Last year I decided to put together a travel display and I did, but since I was traveling a lot last year I didn't have time to get in depth with the display. I just hung up travel pictures and added mementos.

In January, I signed up for the May slot. I knew that this year I wanted to do something more elaborate. I wanted to make people feel more welcomed in our library since the election of Donald Trump has made many people feel unwelcomed (some immigrants have asked us if they needed to present their green card as proof they are legal) and decided my theme this year would be "Explore Your World." I would include my travel albums, journal pieces, and then postcards friends all over the world have sent me. I would include different cultures too.

I started working on my project in January. Then slowed down in February, but picked back up in March after I was invited to apply in Canada. I needed to save money and to save money, I mostly took up residence in the Art Museum (member) to work on different pages. I often journaled before work at my full-time job and while I was on hold on the phone. I also spent many weekends just writing. It was three months of a lot of work.

Tuesday and Wednesday I put up the display. Over the span of two days, it took about two hours to set up. I had to move some things around and in the end, I couldn't put everything I made in. I was pretty happy with the end result:

My co-workers loved the display. One said, "wow! This is amazing, Jessie! You put so much work into this and it looks great!" Others thought I put myself out there, but I love sharing my travels with people. One co-worker even said, "if Donald Trump ever visits King of Prussia, he will want a picture with you because you are well traveled." I just giggled because I thought that was ludicrous.

Yesterday a Muslim woman came up to me as I was checking books back in to be shelved. She said to me, "you're the woman in that display, right?" I replied that I was. She continued, "that display is amazing! Where have you been?" I told her about 15 different states, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. She then showed me the four travel books she checked out, "you have inspired me! I want to start traveling more." I smiled and said, "start local and work your way farther. It's so much fun wherever you go," Hopefully that didn't sound too condescending. It made me happy, though, and I hope it inspires others as well.


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    That is indeed a terrific display, and I enjoyed seeing closeup views of the individual sections. Your display should make people of all races and nationalities feel welcome when visiting the library, and the friendly personal greeting and advice you give them will surely inspire them to explore their world as you have.

    Enjoy your weekend, dear friend JM!

    1. Hi Shady!

      Thank you! I started working at the library on Saturdays now and I noticed more people looking at my display today. :) It makes me so happy!

      Enjoy your weekend as well, dear friend!