Most school clocks are plain and functional, and there's nothing wrong with that.
But when you're a school library aiming to present an exciting environment for learning, reading, working, being...
...and you go to somewhere like Target when they have one of their semi-regular 40% off all clocks sales...
...which means that for less than thirty dollars you can have a clock like this behind the borrowing desk...
Oh, you'd like a better view?
I know, a plain 'school clock' would do the same job. So does a plain vanilla anything vs a snazzy version. But we've had a lot of (spontaneous) positive comments from kids and teachers, for such a simple change (and if you're wondering about the previous one, no clock goes to waste in a school where they're needed for exams as well as on walls). It adds sizzle to the library for not many dollars and not much time/effort (just keep an eye on those discount store catalogues, or take a look around half-yearly sale time). Maybe some years down the track it might look dated, but right now it looks modern and has a nice energy to it, with the interlinking design.
If you'd like to explore some fabulous clocks made from recycled junk by Pixelfish (I only found this Etsy seller after buying our clock), take a look at these:
(screenshot from Pixelfish's store - click this link to see the current selection)
They're fabulous. Every one a conversation starter and statement of style and panache!
And the day after I drafted this blog entry a colleague came by, commenting on the clock and on the hunt for an interesting/cool one for her husband's birthday - I showed her the Etsy site and her eyes lit up. Ha! The flypaper mind I have proves its worth again... it just amuses me how things coincide, sometimes.
PS. Will I admit that the fact that you can't tell the time on our new clock to the exact minute is a little bit handy when you've had an extraordinarily busy lunchtime and you want to call pack up time a minute or two early without a charmingly pedantic kid pointing out that you ARE calling pack up time early? Dunno. You might think less of me. But I'd rather tell you the truth... Which is why I didn't make up some ridikkulus guff about the design representing the library linking you to information, or whatever. Could've - but nah.
PPS: FIFTY IDEAS FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES! How cool is that! Got any particular favourites? Let me know in the comments...
*GIFSL = Good ideas for school libraries