Locked down library displays weeks 10 and 11

Lockdown seems to be going on forever – but it looks like libraries might be able to open from July 15 here in Scotland. I haven’t heard anything from my work yet but I could be back in less than three weeks!

Here are the displays I did in weeks 10 and 11 (about 2-3 weeks ago).

Day #64


Princes, princesses, kings, queens and emperors (is that stretching it a bit?)

Day #65

Things you can wear

Turns out I have a lot more shoe related books than I thought!

  • The Clue of the Velvet Mask – Carolyn Keene
  • Party Frock and Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild
  • Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
  • How to Walk in High Heels – Camilla Morton
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
  • A Boot, a Hat Now Who Is That? – Nick Sharratt
  • The Clue of the Tapping Heels and The Scarlet Slipper Mystery – Carolyn Keene
  • Ballet Shoes for Anna – Noel Streatfeild
  • The Clue in the Ancient Disguise and The Secret in the Old Lace – Carolyn Keene
  • Fox’s Socks – Julia Donaldson

Day #66

Graphic novels

Buffy, Angel and Charmed are mine, the rest are from Ewan’s collection.

I have to admit I’ve never read any of my graphic novels, the only one I’ve read is an Outlander one I borrowed from the library. I just can’t understand them! I puzzle over what’s happening, what box to read next and who all the faces are supposed to represent. It makes me feel entirely illiterate. (Yet I love comic strips like The Broons and Oor Willie and can follow them fine!)

Day #67


I have some other books with war-time settings but they don’t have anything that suggests war in the titles.

Day #68

It’s a mystery

Absolutely loads of Blytons here!

I’m not going to name each title as we’ll be here all week. I think I’ve got the whole Five Find-Outers series there and all the Barney Mysteries, plus Five Have a Mystery to Solve and Five Go to Mystery Moor, Secret Seven Mystery and The Mystery That Never Was.

There are several of Helen Moss’ Adventure Island series, and a couple of Malcolm Saville’s Lone Pines – Mystery at Witchend and Mystery Mine.

Plus The Hidden Valley Mystery by Helen Wells, The Red Flower Mystery by Juliet Marais Louw, A Mystery for Ninepence by Phyllis Gegan and Mystery and Mayhem by various authors.

Day #69


An un-inventive follow up, perhaps!

Lots more Blytons:

And the non Blytons are

The Gay Dolphin Adventure by Malcolm Saville and a few of the Adventure Islands by Helen Moss.

Day #70


Mostly Where’s Wally books, but also one of the I SPY books by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo (I absolutely love these and the rest are still at my parents’ house), and a big maze book.

Day #71

What’s the time?

These are all loosely related to time, something that seems to be difficult to track in lockdown.


The Blytons:

  • Bedtime Annual 1978
  • Ten, Fifteen and Twenty Minute Tales
  • Tales After Supper
  • Tales at Bedtime

The non-Blytons

  • Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  •  The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man – Mark Hodder
  • Portal Through Time – Alice Henderson
  • The Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine
  • A Nurse In Time – Evelyn Prentis

Day #72


Some of these are more tenuously linked to gardens than others:

  • Apple Bough – Noel Streatfeild (Apple Bough is actually the name of the house, but it sounds garden-y and it probably has a garden possibly the one on the cover…)
  • The Painted Garden – Noel Streatfeild
  • Queen of the Daffodils – Leslie Laing (daffodils grow in gardens)
  • The Tree of Seasons – Stephen Gately (so do trees, and yes that’s Stephen from Boyzone if you were wondering)
  • Garden of Evil – Emma Harrison
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce
  • The Door in the Tree – William Corlett

Plus of course my two house plants which have lasted the longest of any plants I’ve ever had. I even managed to re-pot them recently and they’ve grown massively since!

Day #73


We haven’t been able to go on holidays for a while now, so maybe reading about them would be fun – or it maybe just a cruel reminder of what we are missing?

The Famous Five go on holiday in a lot of their books but I stuck to ones whose titles give a suggestion of going somewhere (and which I had with dustjackets).

Day #74

Books about books, bookshops, libraries and book clubs

  • The Bookshop Book – Jen Campbell
  • A Book of Book Lists – Alex Johnson
  • Censorship in Public Libraries in the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century – Anthony Hugh Thompson (hardly a snappy title, but it has a chapter on Enid Blyton)
  • Literary Listography – Lisa Nola
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and More Weird Things – Jen Campbell

I also have a copy of Mr Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein but despite searching everywhere I couldn’t find it until days after I did the display (just like working in a real library, then!).

Day #75

Things you might (or might not) eat

Cheese, chips, pancakes, chocolate moose (maybe even the goose), yes, disgusting sandwiches and peas? No thanks.

Day #76

An approximation of the weather since we’ve been allowed to meet outside

OK so we haven’t actually had snow but there has been a lot of rain and more than once there have been blankets required for sitting outside in the middle of the day (yes, in JUNE!)

Day #77

Shirley Hughes

Mostly her Alfie series but also Dogger and some of her nursery collection about learning shapes and colours etc.

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3 Responses to Locked down library displays weeks 10 and 11

  1. chrissie777 says:

    What is “The Hidden Valley Mystery” about?


  2. Dale Vincero, Brisbane Australia says:

    Thanks for your report, Fiona.


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