Forgetful February: 2017 & 2018

We forgot to get pictures of our library's decor for both February 2017 AND 2018. What remains is one picture and one passive program | Hafuboti.com

Funny story: apparently neither Natasia nor I remembered to take pictures of her great February decor in both 2017 and 2018! Okay, not so funny, but more…er, adorable?

So I’ll keep this short ‘n sweet.

What survives from 2017 is the prep for February’s window and the scavenger hunt. The theme was Toss Kindness Like Confetti.

The month prior we had this set out at our circulation desk:

How we had our patrons participate in the decorating of February's windows for our theme of "Toss Kindness Like Confetti" | Hafuboti.com

We ended up with less hearts than we’d hoped – the biggest reason being that kids wanted to write EVERY book, movie, and character that they liked on the front and back of a single heart. In the end we had to supplement the planned design with blank hearts. The design was a giant green heart made up of these smaller hearts.

Why green? you may ask. Well, it’s our city’s official color (Gretna green).

Then, for the scavenger hunt:

Confetti Hearts passive program scavenger hunt for February | Hafuboti.com

And here are the pieces:

A set of four confetti-filled hearts to use for the "Throw Kindness Like Confetti" scavenger hunt at our Children's Library | Hafuboti.com

Click on the sign and/or the hearts’ images to get logo-free jpegs for you to use.

And there you have it! The remnants of our previous two Februaries.

 

January 2018: Cameo Appearances

January 2018: Cameo Appearances! Where our Children's Library celebrated famous people | Hafuboti.com

This year we decided to kick our decor off with special cameo appearances of famous people.

As per usual, Natasia slayed our decor.

The exterior front windows and door at our Children's Library. In January 2018 we celebrated "Cameo Appearances" and showed off our biographies | Hafuboti.com

We highlighted our biographies in January 2018 | Hafuboti.com

Natasia also came up with our coloring activity. It was both simple and popular:

An incredibly simple and inspiring coloring activity at our kids' activity tables | Hafuboti.com

Click on the above image to get a downloadable version of one of the three different frames we printed out for young artists’ work.

Our back wall’s whiteboard became an impromptu art gallery featuring our patrons’ (mostly) self portraits:

Our whiteboard became a special art gallery featuring our patrons' self portraits | Hafuboti.com

I absolutely love it when we get to show off artwork. I mean, I remember how very proud I was to have my artwork hung up in classrooms – and this is a public library. So in my mind that’s a bajillion times cooler.

If you look closely at the above picture, you can spot one of the scavenger hunt pieces. It’s Jane Goodall!

I jumped in to make our scavenger hunt tie-in with Natasia’s great work:

A cameo scavenger hunt tied in with our biograhpy-themed month at the Children's Library | Hafuboti.com

Thankfully some parents did take advantage of all the potential educational aspects of this particular hunt. I mean, there are colors, shapes, and basic descriptions of these remarkable people.

And that’s our month of Cameo Appearances! As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or anything else. You can write a comment on my blog or email me at hafuboti@gmail.com.

 

Libraries Are For Everyone: Sinhalese

Kristi, a Library Media Specialist in Kansas, reached out to me with the Sinhalese translation of Libraries Are For Everyone. If anyone out there can translate this using the Sinhala alphabet, then I’ll happily add a set of those signs to this post.

Thank you so very much, Kristi!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Libraries Are For Everyone in Sinhalese featuring ten diverse library patrons on a yellow background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

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: Cree

Laura and her team at Native Languages of the Americas continue to send me new translations, and I am thrilled. I wrote more about this wonderful non-profit on my Hopi LAFE post and ask that you consider helping this organization in any way possible.

Thank you to everyone involved in getting making these Cree signs possible!!!

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

"Libraries Are For Everyone" sign in Cree featuring three diverse library patrons on a orange background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

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

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

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

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

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

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: Chickasaw

Chickasaw is the next Native American language provided by Laura and her team at Native Languages of the Americas. I wrote more about this wonderful non-profit on my Hopi LAFE post. But since last night I read more of their FAQs, their IAQs, and donated to their organization. I hope that you consider helping this organization in any way possible.

Now on to the Chickasaw signs.

Thank you to everyone involved in getting me the translation which means “everyone is part of the library!”

"Libraries Are For Everyone" in Chickasaw featuring three diverse library patrons on a rose background. #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

"Libraries Are For Everyone" in Chickasaw featuring three diverse library patrons on an orange background. #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

"Libraries Are For Everyone" in Chickasaw featuring three diverse library patrons on a yellow background. #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

"Libraries Are For Everyone" in Chickasaw featuring three diverse library patrons on a green background. #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

"Libraries Are For Everyone" in Chickasaw featuring three diverse library patrons on a blue background. #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

"Libraries Are For Everyone" in Chickasaw featuring three diverse library patrons on a purple background. #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

"Libraries Are For Everyone" in Chickasaw featuring ten diverse library patrons holding Earth globes on a yellow background. #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

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).