Here is what students used to see when they walked up to my checkout desk:
I saw a pin on Pinterest where a teacher created a bulletin board with printed covers of all the books she's been reading lately. I thought that would be really great, but knew I wouldn't take the time to find, print and laminate all those book covers.
I came up with a super simple answer that WORKS!
So far, the book has always been checked out on its first day on the desk. After a student checks out the book, it takes about a minute to walk to the shelf and grab another book to display. I'm really enjoying the opportunity to have book conversations, prompted by a simple sign.
The sign is a free download at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. If you use it, let me know how it works for you. If you are one of those really talented graphic design people and you come up with a more beautiful sign, please share it with us!