Why display geometric designs at your computer workstations when students can see visually appealing book covers instead? Increase awareness of terrific books by providing visual cues at vacant computer monitors. In just a few easy steps, turn a PowerPoint slideshow into a screensaver or experiment with inexpensive software to build a screensaver from scratch.

Grab every patron's attention with easy-to-make (or take!) screensavers:
Ready to Take:
Download a PowerPoint file containing the book covers from the 2014 Master List.

Option 1 (Free): Convert a PowerPoint File | Source
  • Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Choose "File," "Save As."
  • In the "Save As Type:" dropdown list box, choose GIF, JPEG or PNG.
  • Browse to your “My Pictures” folder. (It's inside “My Documents.”)
  • Type in a file name and click “Save.”
  • When PowerPoint asks if you want to export every slide in the presentation, click “Yes.”
  • When the export completes, you'll have one image file for each slide in your presentation in your “My Pictures” folder.
  • Minimize or quit PowerPoint.
  • Right click anywhere on the desktop and choose “Properties.”
  • Click the “Screen Saver” tab.
  • In the dropdown list box, under "Screen Saver," choose "My Pictures Slideshow."
  • Click “Settings” if you want to fine-tune the results.
  • Presto-chango! You’ve made an instant (and free) screensaver from your presentation, albeit one that lacks animation, transition and sounds.

Option 2 (~$15 - $20): Build a Customized Screensaver from Scratch
Inexpensive programs, such as Ace Screensaver, allow you to turn book cover images into slide-show screensavers--complete with music and fun transitions. The fundamentals of these programs are similar: The first step is to gather a set of images in a common format (JPEG, GIF, or BITMAP). After gathering the pictures, the program's "wizard" guides you through the customization process. If the program has a "Build and Send" function, the screensaver can be posted to a website or sent to colleagues and students.

A sample screenshot of the Ace Screensaver wizard:

Screensaver Challenge:
Use a screensaver in combination with a projection device to lead fast-paced book talks or to spark students' reactions to stories.