Libraries Are For Everyone: Marathi

Vinita Hulyalkar, a library worker in Illinois, generously provided the Marathi translation.

Thank you so very much, Vinita!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Marathi featuring three diverse patrons on a rose background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Marathi featuring three diverse patrons on an orange background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Marathi featuring three diverse patrons on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Marathi featuring three diverse patrons on a green background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Marathi featuring three diverse patrons on a blue background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Marathi featuring three diverse patrons on a purple background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Marathi featuring ten diverse patrons holding globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

A NOTE: I am slowly working on getting my artwork uploaded onto the Wikimedia Commons for people to find it easier all the while making all of it “officially” licensed. That said – my entire blog here is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license – so know that I both want and encourage everyone to download, share, modify, and have fun with my work!

I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past since I can’t make it an exception within the license: I do not want my name (given or business) on my minimalist art. It sort of ruins the clean lines and elegance. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you crediting it to “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger” if you can’t recall either of my names. Or write by Hafuboti on the back in pencil if you’re worried about it. Seriously. Have fun.

I plan on putting this note on the bottom of all of my Libraries Are For Everyone posts so if you’ve read the above paragraph once, then you won’t need to again (unless you really want to).

Libraries Are For Everyone: Pashto

Here’s the Pashto translation provided by the generous Muhammad Jamal.

Thank you, Muhammad Jamal, for this translation!

A NOTE: I am slowly working on getting my artwork uploaded onto the Wikimedia Commons for people to find it easier all the while making all of it “officially” licensed. That said – my entire blog here is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license – so know that I both want and encourage everyone to download, share, modify, and have fun with my work!

I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past since I can’t make it an exception within the license: I do not want my name (given or business) on my minimalist art. It sort of ruins the clean lines and elegance. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you crediting it to “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger” if you can’t recall either of my names. Or write by Hafuboti on the back in pencil if you’re worried about it. Seriously. Have fun.

I plan on putting this note on the bottom of all of my Libraries Are For Everyone posts so if you’ve read the above paragraph once, then you won’t need to again (unless you really want to).

Libraries Are For Everyone: Urdu

I received an Urdu translation from the wonderful Muhammad Jamal.
Thank you Muhammad Jamal!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Urdu featuring three diverse library patrons on a rose background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Urdu featuring three diverse library patrons on an orange background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Urdu featuring three diverse library patrons on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Urdu featuring three diverse library patrons on a green background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Urdu featuring three diverse library patrons on a blue background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Urdu featuring three diverse library patrons on a purple background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Urdu featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

A NOTE: I am slowly working on getting my artwork uploaded onto the Wikimedia Commons for people to find it easier all the while making all of it “officially” licensed. That said – my entire blog here is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license – so know that I both want and encourage everyone to download, share, modify, and have fun with my work!

I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past since I can’t make it an exception within the license: I do not want my name (given or business) on my minimalist art. It sort of ruins the clean lines and elegance. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you crediting it to “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger” if you can’t recall either of my names. Or write by Hafuboti on the back in pencil if you’re worried about it. Seriously. Have fun.

I plan on putting this note on the bottom of all of my Libraries Are For Everyone posts so if you’ve read the above paragraph once, then you won’t need to again (unless you really want to).

Libraries Are For Everyone: Albanian

Several months ago I received this Albanian translation, and the sender was incredibly gracious when I told her that I was overwhelmed with work. So a HUGE thank you to the librarian who waited (which makes me want Doctor Who to have a librarian companion), and to her library page who provided the translation!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a rose background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on an orange background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a green background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a blue background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a purple background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring ten diverse patrons holding globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

A NOTE: I am slowly working on getting my artwork uploaded onto the Wikimedia Commons for people to find it easier all the while making all of it “officially” licensed. That said – my entire blog here is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license – so know that I both want and encourage everyone to download, share, modify, and have fun with my work!

I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past since I can’t make it an exception within the license: I do not want my name (given or business) on my minimalist art. It sort of ruins the clean lines and elegance. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you crediting it to “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger” if you can’t recall either of my names. Or write by Hafuboti on the back in pencil if you’re worried about it. Seriously. Have fun.

I plan on putting this note on the bottom of all of my Libraries Are For Everyone posts so if you’ve read the above paragraph once, then you won’t need to again (unless you really want to).

Decemberley 2016

The Children's Library's annual Decemberley celebration where we celebrate picture book illustrators. This year we celebrated Jan Brett's The Mitten. It's a great alternative to holiday decor that can alienate our public | hafuboti.com

Yes, I got behind on sharing on my blog near the end of last year. But let’s just say that I felt that writing some other things in December mattered more than this particular warm-fuzziness. And our December was chock full of the warm fuzzies. Like, it has been one of the most reacted-to-by-adults theme that we’ve ever done.

But lemme back it up a sec.

When we were trying to figure out the second Decemberley celebration, we realized that Ed Embereley’s work could only go so far. So we knew that the next time we’d still call it Decemberley, but focus on other famous children’s book illustrators. And in 2016 we decided to pay homage to Jan Brett’s The Mitten.

With that choice we inadvertently tapped into some major nostalgia for many parents. I mean, we want adults to feel just as inspired when they enter our space as the children are, but this time? I think the parents enjoyed Natasia’s work more than their kiddos did. One dad, as he was walking in, excitedly said “I remember this book! I LOVED this book!” I also suspect that Brett received a bit of a bump in sales as a result of our decor. Tee-hee!

Without further ado, here’s our The Mitten homage:

A beautiful homage to Jan Brett's The Mitten at the entrance of our Children's Library | hafuboti.com

Looking at it again almost a year later, I still get the warm fuzzies.

The animal faces are actually masks that Jan Brett provides for free on her website – Natasia just printed them larger than a typical child’s head. She drew/colored everything else: Jaw. Drop.

I failed to get a nice picture of the cool giant pair of mittens that Natasia made for above the reading bench. There was one in each window, and the paper mittens were embellished with braided yarn. And then a large braided piece of yarn attached the two together. It was striking.

Despite my lack of photos, I hope that our annual December celebration inspires you to think outside of the holiday box. It truly frees you to tap into some unexpected ways to cheer others up during one of the coldest months of the year.