Instructions for participants
You are going to take out your mobile device and take a photo of yourself. But instead of simply taking a self-portrait, turn your “selfie” into a “shelfie”. In other words, make sure that your own portrait includes books or stories.
If you have completed the application form, you will automatically receive an invitation to take a shelfie photograph. If not, take out your phone, locate the camera icon and you are ready to snap a shelfie.
- Capture it: Take a photograph of yourself with your books in the background.
- Store it: Keep it in a safe place on your phone.
For the facilitator
Participants will be asked to take a photograph of themselves. But instead of simply taking a self portrait, they will take a “shelfie”. In other words, they will have a phone picture that includes books.
10 Creative Shelfie Ideas
- Find a section of the library that you enjoy (Children’s section, reference, popular fiction etc). Take a shelfie.
- Look for your favourite author and stack his/her books up on top of each other. Take a shelfie.
- Think about your hobbies or interests (e.g. gardening). Find books that link to those hobbies and interests and add an extra non- literacy prop (e.g. a pot plant) to reinforce your hobby or interest. Take a shelfie.
- Find an inspirational quote by an author, take picture of a book they wrote and use your phone to place the quote on the book background.
- Take a shelfie that contains a picture of the same books in both digital and analogue formats (e.g. a page on kindle and a print version).
- Take a remixed shelfie that shows your face superimposed over the covers of digital books that you like.
- Choose books that all have the same coloured spine and wear an outfit that matches these colours.
- Find stories for a particular day of the year, put on an appropriate outfit and take a shelfie. E.g Santa Outfit and Christmas books.
- Find a book with a face on it and align your profile with that face on the cover. Take a shelfie.
- Take a normal shelfie and then use an app, like Snapchat or Instagram to add animated elements to your shelfie.
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