For all my not-so-Dewey nerds out there: 796.16 is the Dewey # for play with robots. At least that’s what Google told me – so I’m going with it. I felt that this classification perfectly fit this post, which will be my place to put robotic printables for you to use in your library (or wherever). Please, please, please take and use them! I hate to think that I put effort into something that will only be used once and only by me (how boring).

I’ll be updating this post throughout the summer as I complete a new robo-themed sign for our front windows. After this year’s SRP, it’ll be unlikely that I’ll add much to this.

That said, any of the incredibly adorable robots that are part of my spot the difference games come from the wildly talented Jamey at Dabbles & BabblesI don’t know what I would have done without her sharing her robots with the world. Something not as cute would be my guess.

I’ve also included the robot faces and word bubbles that were in my previous post about our robot decor for our summer reading program. Just tryin’ to consolidate things for ya.

Now onto the sharing!

Click on any image below to get a clean printout of any of the images – most are made to fit ledger-sized paper (Mary’s robot and the word bubbles are the exceptions), but you should be able to adjust.

The following cute robot I made based off the lovely Mary’s Read robot. I created this cartoon version of her in order to make prize stickers for our scavenger hunts:

A robot request from a reader! She wanted a reading robot. I left his screen blank so that you can put any words you’d like on it:


Cute and/or silly general signs:   Spot the difference games: Other various robo-signs and whatnot:On a side note to any eagle eyed readers out there who noticed that the robot “chest panels” don’t add up to them being changed-out every-other week: On one of the robots, I’ve been putting different optical illusions in it. You can find fun ones online for you to use that will blow the kiddos minds. They’re easy enough to find, so I didn’t save them for here or for my own future use.

This Is An Inspiration

I was in no way, shape, or form excited by the adult summer reading theme of Literary Elements. I also really didn’t care for the colors and provided clip art. I think my overall apathy was due to having so very much to do at the Children’s Library, and I honestly didn’t give the adult display much thought. That was until I was This Is a Sentence‘s TOTALLY AWESOME display. It’s on a much grander scale (I LOVE big scale) and just sheer awesome. Did I mention awesome?

Looking back on what I did after being inspired, I sort of wish I had been closer to the original’s grand scale. I think that it would have had a lot more impact than my very much thrown-together display. Well, here’s what I did:

First and foremost, I left the display partially complete (having asked the staff at the Main Library via a post-it note to fill it out with more items – and they did and it looks MUCH better). I also thought that perhaps I should have added some “elements” to those squares of color. In my sign I did try to stay true to the periodic table of elements, but strayed here and there if I thought an idea was too cute to not do.

Feel free to use the sign that I made (feel free to crop and/or make adjustments, since I did get very specific in the “Gretna, NE” square). Here it is if you’d like to see it better – and click on it for a clean (ledger-sized) jpeg for your own use:

In the end, I really have to thank This Is a Sentence for providing the inspiration that I needed to get a display going at our library. I really don’t know what I would have done without it.

Library Madness

As I mentioned in my earlier summer reading post, the library has been absolutely crazy-busy this summer. I’m beyond tickled and hope we can keep up this momentum.

Speaking of craziness – that’s the other aspect of the CSLP theme that we’re using for our summer programming: the mad scientist.

Brittany yet again transformed our Great Wall-O-Pun using nothing more than a large printed font, crayons, and her crazy-awesome art skills. We decided to stray a bit from puns, and just go with a “mad” take on our non-fiction science books, which have been checking out very well:

How brilliantly brilliant is that?!

Mary painted over her Egyptian book pharaoh from last year to create this new photo op:

The funniest trend we’ve noticed is that when adults use the prop they’re almost always pulling faces. When the kids use it? It’s almost always flashing their prettiest smiles. See – here’s my team and I showing off our mad skillz:

When we have time (bwahahaaa-snort ::sigh::), and there’s a parent/child using this photo op, we’ve been asking if we may take a picture and post it on our Kids’ Corner website. So far everyone has enthusiastically said yes. This has been a fun way to hopefully help drive traffic to our site.

Finally, we have Summer Reading Program booklets that I created a while back that change titles depending on the theme. Originally, children were rewarded by reading weekly with individual coupons. They were a mess and so easy for the kids to lose. I went ahead and created a keepsake booklet that included themed activities and it’s been a hit with kids and businesses alike. This year, we went with a Science Journal featuring artwork by my Bruce:

And a HUGE thank you goes to Mary who has beautifully assembled around 300 booklets so far this summer. We try and get people to preregister for these so that we know how many to make, but we usually get an unforeseen number “walk-ins.” In the first week alone we’ve had over 50 parents sign up on-the-spot (usually multiple kids) – so it can be a bit hectic in the booklet-making department. Next year we’re going to try to bribing people with a bonus coupon if they preregister.

There’s a lot of other things going on (or have happened) at the library that I’ve been looking forward to sharing, but again, the drain of summer workdays leaves me not wanting to revisit work stuff when at home. Hopefully, as the summer progresses, I’ll get back into a rhythm and start catching y’all up on everything that we’ve done and accomplished!

Until then, have a crazy-awesome summer!

Summer Reading Robot Program

Robot Decor for our library's Summer Reading Program | Hafuboti

The push leading into our Summer Reading Program and then the first week of our programming have been insane. The craziest thing is that we have had a 117% increase in daily attendance from the previous year. It’s been awesome, but exhausting. Needless to say, I’ve been coming home and pretty much collapsing each evening. I’m wildly proud of my team for handling this so well, but it hasn’t led to me wanting to write about work on my blog. So I just let myself decompress to the point of feeling motivated again, and that seems to have worked: here I am!

We decided to focus on robots for our overall summer theme. That decision was made months ago when we were trying to think of what we wanted our decor’s big focal piece to be. A giant robot seemed the most doable and impactful. That quickly followed with having robots in the front windows. And then the rest of our robotic theme fell into place quite quickly.

Here’s a collage of our big robot on which both Brittany and I worked. I shopped for random household items at a local hardware store, and Brittany assembled everything into the robot. After a few random things either rolled-up (electrical tape) and/or fell off (one leg), Brittany and I figured out some fixes and then she did some fantastic final touches using metallic pastels.

Cardboard box robot decorated with household items for our library's Summer Reading Program | Hafuboti

We really wanted it to have the look that a very industrious child had put the robot together, and I think that we succeeded. I think that I need to point out several things that didn’t translate in my photos. All of the bright squiggly things (like the hair/eyebrows and in the chest panel) are pipe cleaners. Also, the robot’s teeth is made of a piece of glossy paper that has been lightly folded vertically so it looks like teeth. Finally, the “on/off” switch is on the back side of the robot.

Last year, parents seemed to have had the greatest reaction to our paper tree. This year, the kids have had wonderful reactions to our robot. It’s really been great.

Mary made our three front window robots – from left to right their names are Fizz, Boom, and Read (see what we did there?):

Robot Decor for our library's Summer Reading Program - featuring interchangeable stomache panels | Hafuboti

We all agreed that they look like an awesome mashup of Wall-E and Yo Gabba Gabba! I should point out (again, this didn’t translate in my photos) that all of the paint that isn’t white is metallic. They are very striking in person.

And there’s nothing wrong with Boom – I wanted to show you the one request that I had with Mary’s robots: that they have a ledger-sized holes in the middle of their chests. Last year I had a giant window game that the kids loved – for about two weeks. After that, the game was old since it didn’t change. This year I wanted a way to change out the games, activities, or whatever, whenever we had time to do so (I’m guessing we’ll switch them every-other week).

Here’s an indoor shot of Fizz and Boom where Boom has his chest piece installed:

Robot Decor for our library's Summer Reading Program - featuring interchangeable stomache panels | Hafuboti

I put together some signs to sprinkle throughout the library. I was very much inspired by Big Block Sing Songs:

Robot decor for our library's Summer Reading Program - simple robot head signs| Hafuboti

Robot decor for our library's Summer Reading Program - simple robot head signs| Hafuboti

In our window display I opted to have us extend what we do on top of our picture book bookcases: fill the display with books to be shelved from our return cart. I can’t even tell you how grateful I am that I made this call. Our page was on vacation this past week, and this really helped us keep up with shelving.

I also used these cute robots from Dabbles & Babbles to create our scavenger hunt for the month. I made them bigger and tried my best not to hide them in a sneaky manner – and yet, we still stump some kids (and parents). Next month we’re veering away from a traditional scavenger hunt, and will be a “how many can you find” game. This will keep us from having to give hints (hooray!).

Robot decor for our library's Summer Reading Program - simple robot scavenger hunt| Hafuboti

The prize stickers were made from the cute “mad scientist Booker T. Dragon” that Bruce created for our summer programming:

Bruce's adorable contribution to our library's Summer Reading Program - our mascot as a mad scientist! | Hafuboti

As always, whenever I can, I’ve included printouts for you to use if you’d like. Feel free to use any of the following (click on the image for a larger pdf or jpeg):

Have fun – and I hope that your summer programs are kicking robo-booty too!