Libraries Are For Everyone: Tajik

This translation comes from Stephanie Yancey, the Library Media Specialist at Myrtle Beach High School in South Carolina. In her email to me she said that “We were named the most diverse school in the state a few years ago, and I’m constantly struggling to find materials for my diverse group of students.  We have one of the largest Uzbek and Tajik communities on the east coast, and it’s super difficult to find youth materials for these students. ”

I’m so glad that with her help, we can have #LAFE signs for her students.

Thank you so much both Stephanie and the student who translated #LAFE for us!!!

A NOTE: 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 use 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 the message. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you say that it’s by “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.

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).

A Legacy of #LAFE

It is hard for me to fully express what the Libraries Are For Everyone campaign has meant to me. Hitting 100 languages this week has really made me pause and reflect on this experience. When I’ve been asked to talk about it, I find that I can’t because it is so deeply moving to me, and I will start to cry.

A decade ago, my life collapsed, and I felt like I had failed in everything. Back then if you would have told me that in a handful of years I would impact lives around the world with my art? I likely would have thought you were being cruel.

But the reality is that with the help of many-many people, there will be a legacy of #LAFE. We did this together.

Thank you to every person who worked to bring me translations.

Thank you to everyone who has spread the #LAFE message.

The Tacoma Community College Library shared their framed LAFEs which were right next to the Library Bill of Rights. Hooray!

Canada: represent! Librarians at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia shared one of the loveliest creations using LAFE signs. It makes my heart sing every time I see this.

MY ART HAS BEEN ON A CAKE!!! PEOPLE LITERALLY ATE MY ART!!! I can’t help but smile when I see these pictures from Mount Holyoke College. Mmmm…LAFE cake…

This is the exterior of La Crosse Public Library in Wisconsin. Inside they also have beautiful large LAFE banners hanging from a second floor balcony. And yes, this is the library that is having massive budget/employee cuts. Please sign EveryLibrary’s online petition to show your support of this great library.

This is Lauren Seaver, a Library Assistant at Fairport Public Library. Our friendship began when she sent me this picture of herself rocking a LAFE bag that she made for herself. I never imagined that my art would lead to so many amazing friendships – it still blows my mind (in a good way).

This is all the Library Helpers at Rochester International Academy in New York. This picture gets me right in the feels every time. ❤️

This photo is one of a set that a patron named Jason sent me. This was my first email from a patron sharing the #LAFE love. He and his kids really loved the printing workshop that was held at Appleton Public Library.

I received a lovely email from Molly Moss, the Assistant Director/Patron Services Librarian at Forbes Library in Northampton, MA. Those fabulous librarians marched in their town’s Pride parade and she sent me a thank you along with this photo. Happy tears.

Becky Ferguson, the Communications Coordinator at Vernon Area Public Library let me know about some signs that they created.. When I went to grab a link from VAPL’s website for this post, I discovered what is in the next picture, and may have cried a wee bit.

THIS IS ON THEIR FRONT PAGE. And when you opt to READ MORE – the first thing you see on that page is this:

And underneath is a beautiful statement about LAFE (this is just a snippet) by their Director Cynthia Fuerst: “It’s more than just a slogan. It’s the foundation of what we believe.” VAPL will make one more appearance in this post from one of their patrons. It’s one of my favorite all-time responses to LAFE. ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 🖤

Sandra Lopez, the Head of Outreach Services for the Round Lake Area Public Library District, sent me some photos featuring her team using #LAFE to decorate their booth at the Lake County Fair!

Corey Flynn, a Library Assistant at the King Philip Regional Middle School in Massachusetts shared this wall that is tiled with #LAFE. Yay!!!

Colleen Sanders, Reference & Instruction Librarian at Clackamas Community College in Oregon, sent me this pic of their circ desk. LOVE. IT.

All of these photos are so very precious to me, and so are all the emails or messages that people have sent to me over the years. But I wanted to highlight the following posts and pictures because these make my heart…it’s a feeling that I can’t put into words. These are the things that I have printed out and put at my desk for those days when I struggle with negative feelings about myself. These are my lifelines to know that something I did during my time on this planet has meant something special to others.

You might find it odd that I don’t write as much about these in their captions, and take it the wrong way. It goes back to the deep emotions that these bring about within me, and I’ve treated these like private gems that give me hope in this chaotic universe. I feel like I’m baring my soul with these and feel like they speak for themselves.

This is the first image shared with me that made me cry (in a good way).

My heart, too.

This is the sign that the Jefferson Madison Regional Library in Charlottesville, VA proudly put out in front of their building in August of 2017.

The whole impetus for creating my diverse patrons was because I was sick-and-tired of seeing people with disabilities being represented by someone in an old-fashioned wheel chair. I took that anger and poured it out to show others that hey – there’s a beautiful rainbow of people out there who are marginalized and not represented in art or design. And they both can and should be.

My soul.

This is a selfie of my mom and dad, taken in the entryway of their home. Over a decade ago they took me in and gave me back my strength and determination to do good. I would never have found myself in the library-world without them. And for them to be so proud of me? #LAFE would have never happened without their love and support.

I will let the poster of this Instagram picture at Vernon Area Public Library have the final word on #LAFE. I look at this beautiful baby and hope that she gets to live in a better world.

“I hope America will re-find its path of accepting all, without discriminating between race, religion, language & color. You have to change with the changing world, sometimes drastically, but your history, ideals & philosophy define you. Change can be less violent & traumatic. Thank you @vernonlibrary for the beautiful message advocating inclusivity. This was an inspiration.”

Libraries Are For Everyone: Punjabi

Punjabi is the 100th language into which Libraries Are For Everyone has been translated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I must give a HUGE thank you to everyone who made the effort to supply me with translations. I truly couldn’t have done this without you. I have a special post coming up to help commemorate this because you’re not here for a party; you’re here for signs.

This is another language provided to me by school librarian Jennifer out in Washington. She worked with a student’s mother named Pooja Katwal to bring me this translation. But there was a hiccup. The translation was in the form of a photo of handwritten Punjabi. This isn’t usually a problem for me as I’ve been successful a digitally transcribing a handful of other hand-written submissions. After an hour of trying to make it work with Punjabi, I knew that I needed to ask for help. This is where Harjit Singh from the Jakara Movement comes in.

I blindly emailed this community-building organization and explained LAFE and how I needed help. I was put in touch with Harjit (thank you Jaspreet!), and he was able to provide a typed-out version that I could copy/paste into a Gurmukhi font in Photoshop.

HOORAY FOR TEAMWORK!!!

Thank you to Jennifer, Pooja, Jaspreet, and Harjit for making these signs possible!

A NOTE: 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 use 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 the message. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you say that it’s by “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.

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: Yapese

Back in September of last year, I was sent three translations from Jennifer, an elementary school librarian in Washington. Two parents of students, and one student had provided new translations of #LAFE for me.

This Yapese translation was provided by Jacklyn Famaw.

Thank you, both Jennifer and Jacklyn, for both the translation and your patience with me!

ETA: Jacklyn reached out to me to point out a typo I had on the first sign set. If, when you look at the files you downloaded, there isn’t the word “correct” at the end of the file name, then you need to download the new set. I apologize for the error and inconvenience.

A NOTE: 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 use 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 the message. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you say that it’s by “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.

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).

Signs of the Times

This is the second part of my series of signage in the library. I only feel slightly sorry if you just punched your monitor because I used the word “signage.” The English language, despite decades of trying to pin it down, remains awesomely fluid.

Anywho.

(heh)

In the first part of this series I discussed auditing your library’s signs. That post was very much geared towards directional/indicator signs. This one is focusing on early literacy signs that compliment the other signs. They also hide how messy my crayon-covered signs look on their backsides.

The most important thing I need to mention is that the vast majority of these signs were completely borrowed and modified from Julie Crabb‘s Tales For the Tinythis post, specifically. So if you don’t like my versions, then you have the original ones as a fantastic option.

Some reasons that I chose to modify Julie’s signs were so that they’d fit our sign holders (portrait 8.5″ x 11″), be crisper/more modern, and use our branded font on the vast majority of them. Impact!

I would also have loved to get more diverse children represented in our signs, but I was limited by our stock photo site. Harumph. Hey – if you happen to have an isolated image of a child or children that you think would be perfect for any of these signs, then send it my way and I can add it to this collection in order to give it more variety.

I shall now stop typing and switch to giving! Fell free to click on and download any or all of the following images for your own use. For reals. Enjoy!

 

 

The only sign that I opted to use a different font on was this last one. I struggled to figure out what image I wanted to go with it. I finally narrowed it down to wanting it to be a child holding a crayon (continuing that theme), but the closest that I could get was this girl with the colored pencils. So I went with it. I matched the font’s colors to the colored pencils in the photo to give it more cohesion. At least it ties in overall with the “crayon scribble” theme that I have going on. This font is called Pastel Crayon.

At this point I am unsure whether or not there will be a part 3. I’m thinking that there will be, it just depends on whether or not my idea works in reality. Well, even if it sort of works, I’ll be sure to share. And I’ll update this post with a link to it.

Until then, happy signing!

ETA: Okay, so I didn’t proof this post or my signs close enough. Thank you to the two awesome readers who caught both errors: one in the first image, and the other in the next-to-last. They have both been corrected.