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Sticky-Tack, also known as Blu-Tack, and many other brand names is a reusable adhesive of the consistency of chewed bubble gum. I affectionately call it Bloo-Goo. This product is great for sticking up posters, etc. on walls where tape or pins can do damage to the wall paint or surface. However, it can do damage as well, including leaving oily smudges if used long-term.

If you’re using it to hold up sign or posters that haven’t been laminated, and don’t want an oily stain soaking through the paper, place a piece of ordinary transparent tape, packing tape, etc. on the back of the poster where you plan to put the Sticky-Tack so it can’t soak through. If you don’t want tape on the back of your poster, stick a Post-It-Note on the back wherever you plan to put the Sticky-Tack, put a piece of tape on the Post-It-Note, and place your Sticky-Tack on that.


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Hairspray (the inexpensive drugstore varieties like Finesse, Alberto, etc.) takes permanent felt marker off plastic, vinyl, and laminate surfaces such as tabletops, etc. It often works on washable walls and other surfaces as well, but be sure to test in a hidden spot first.

However, laminating can sometimes be detrimental. The lighting in my library is older and quite bright – suitable for reading, but not suitable for glossy displays in some areas. A sign or bulletin board can lose effectiveness when there’s a glare coming off it. Viewers should not have to shift around to avoid glare when reading a sign or looking at a bulletin board. I’ve seen viewers lose interest in what they’re looking at because it’s uncomfortable to look too long.

Consider carefully whether to laminate or not. I’ve noticed that in my library most of my bulletin boards and signs don’t get touched much, so my bulletin board elements don’t really get damaged. As well, there are some display elements that won’t be used again, so why bother laminating them? There are exceptions of course – some items are in a place where they can be easily ruined or are very difficult to replace, so laminating is essential.

• In my photo, you can see how the glare from overhead lights is reflecting off the surface. The glare is the same even when hung up, not on a table as in the photo. I didn’t use a flash when photographing this—this is the glare from the lighting and was the best photo I could take. The other photos were worse.

1. Laminate only the back of your sign or bulletin board elements. This will help keep them strong, but not have glare. If you have a laminator that does both sides at the same time, put your sign/element face down on a larger piece of paper and run through the laminator. Use a cutting blade or scissors to slice around your element and lift off the extra paper. The back will be laminated and the front will be plain.

2. Use a self-adhesive clear matte-finish vinyl covering over your sign/element. Rubbermaid used to make a great product called Con Tac, and there are likely many other companies who make a similar product. It’s often found in the housewares section of department stores or hardware stores.