Libraries Are For Everyone: Yiddish

Sheryl Stahl, the Library Director at the Los Angeles Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, reached out to me with the Yiddish translation of Libraries Are For Everyone. Thank you so much, Shery!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Libraries Are For Everyone in Yiddish featuring ten diverse library patrons 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).

2017 Children’s Library Themes

2017 Library Decor Themes at the Gretna Children's Library. From 'Appy New Year to Pigeon wanting to drive a zamboni! | Hafuboti.com

I am so woefully behind on sharing with y’all what we’ve been doing at our Children’s Library that drastic measures are called for in order to catch you up. So this post is designed to be a fast ‘n furious update with minimal text. If you have any questions whatsoever about anything you see here, there, or anywhere on my blog, then don’t hesitate to ask me! Either in the comments, on social media, or at hafuboti@gmail.com.

Now onto the themes!

January 2017: ‘Appy New Year!

I’ve already written about this, but here’s a quick visual for ya.

'Appy New Year: January 2017's theme at the Gretna Children's Library featuring ebooks and emojis | Hafuboti.com

'Appy New Year: January 2017's theme at the Gretna Children's Library featuring our reading bench display | Hafuboti.com

This theme is one of the most loudly commented-upon by kids. I lost count of how many kids would come into our library and excitedly tell us how much they love emojis. We also had ample opportunities to discuss our ebook resource with patrons.

February 2017: Toss Kindness Like Confetti

This is the only 2017 theme that neither Natasia, our resident artist and creator of our decor, nor I remembered to get a picture of anything. ::trombone wah wah:: You can get a bit of information in this previous post.

March 2017: Nebraska Sesquicentennial

All Nebraska librarians learned to say the word “sesquicentennial” when our state celebrated it’s 150th birthday.

March 2017's theme at Gretna Children's Library was all about the Nebraska state sesquicentennial | Hafuboti.com

March 2017's theme at Gretna Children's Library was all about the Nebraska state sesquicentennial: Happy 150th display at the reading bench | Hafuboti.com

The bunting is made out of an atlas that was in our Friends’ book sale with yellow circles in-between.

April 2017: Artsy April

This time around for Artsy April, I asked Natasia to show off her personal artistic style. And let me tell you what: this has been the most popular window display EVER.

Artsy April: April 2017's theme at the Gretna Children's Library featuring artwork by our talented team member Natasia. Blue, purple, and gold circles | Hafuboti.com

Both children and adults alike where enamored with Natasia’s beautiful work. What you can’t tell from the photos is that the smaller circles are gold leaf. For reals. It shimmered and created gorgeous effects. Pure. Magic.

The other dots were tissue paper.

Artsy April: April 2017's theme at the Gretna Children's Library featuring artwork by our talented team member Natasia. Blue, purple, and gold circles | Hafuboti.com

May 2017: The final LEGO MAY-nia

We decided that 2017 would be the last time that we celebrated all things LEGO in May. We felt like we were giving a lot of free advertising to the LEGO company. Plus, we had plenty of other things we wanted to do instead. All that said, we went out with quite a LEGO bang!

The fifth and final LEGO MAY-nia decor theme at Gretna Children's Library | Hafuboti.com

Plastic table cloths and cardstock et voilà! Window display with impact!

The fifth and final LEGO MAY-nia decor theme at Gretna Children's Library | Hafuboti.com

The fifth and final LEGO MAY-nia decor theme at Gretna Children's Library | Hafuboti.com

We put up real LEGOs on our wall to hide all of the paint damage from sticky tack. ::side eyes sticky tack::

The fifth and final LEGO MAY-nia decor theme at Gretna Children's Library | Hafuboti.com

We affixed ultra-brief bios of each real-life “Master Builder” underneath their LEGO Mini Figs so that people could sit on the bench and look up to learn something.

The fifth and final LEGO MAY-nia decor theme at Gretna Children's Library | Hafuboti.com

We loved these giant LEGO bricks that Natasia made so much that we decided to group them in a smaller space so that they’d have a bigger impact. We generally don’t decorate around our activity area, but this was perfect.

The fifth and final LEGO MAY-nia decor theme at Gretna Children's Library | Hafuboti.comAnd although LEGO MAY-nia is over, we will forever do our most popular passive program: The Little Library LEGO Club. A HUGE shout-out to S Bryce Kozla for this program. This year we finally decided to not put batteries into the base (the tower would get too heavy to spin), and let the kids turn the platform to find the perfect spot. This has been a wonderful change that I wish we’d done from the beginning.

June & July 2017: CSLP’s Build a Better World

Natasia did an incredible job with our decor for the summer. Her use of tissue paper is mind-blowing. And with this front exterior, she did a beautiful blend of both tissue paper and cardstock.

The only issue with this decor was that the summer sun beats down on our building for the first half of the day. Instead of sweltering in silence, Natasia opted to go with the flow, and actually ended up getting more compliments on her gears since her solution made them really pop:

Lightly-colored shadows were cast onto the white paper by the tissue paper gears in direct sunlight. It looked super-cool.

Those 3D gears actually did turn if you were gentle.

August 2017: The Ocean

The main paper cutout of the shark was popular with kids. So popular, in fact, that many would come up and smack the window where it was at, scaring the bejebus out of us. It also looked creepy when kids had their hands on the outside windows (little shadowy hannnnds…).

This display was a team effort between Natasia and Adina. All of those ocean creature silhouettes strategically hid sticky tack scars. ::stink eyes the sticky tack::

It was a lot of fun to see people notice the jellyfish – usually when the air vent was blowing and their tentacles gently moved. Natasia made these using paper lanterns cut in half, paint, and plastic bags.

September 2017: Monarch Butterflies

It’s rare for me to declare a theme, but I couldn’t help myself with this one. I have adored monarch butterflies since I was a child, and had begun rearing them from egg to adult. What Natasia did with my request was absolutely stunning. Everything (except the green leaves) were made from black poster board and tissue paper.

I kept the above caterpillar and have him in my home. The rest went to a local high school teacher for her classroom.

I haven’t talked about our fabulous team member Adina enough on this blog. She’s revolutionized our decor over at our Main Library, and lends a helping hand at Children’s now-and-then. She created this cheery scene with paper, scissors, and paper punches. Wow!!!!!

Ashlynn created this neat display on our whiteboard that showed the life cycle of monarchs. LOVE.

October 2017: Creatures of the Night

We continue to enjoy not being constrained by holidays in terms of decor, though that doesn’t mean that we don’t have fun with it. Our focus was on nocturnal critters, and Natasia knocked it out of the park using scissors, an x-acto knife, and black poster board.

::sings:: Gooooogly Eyyyyyes!!!

November 2017: The Return of Dinovember

Typically we don’t like to repeat themes, but since Natasia wasn’t part of our team during our first Dinovember, we thought it’d be fun to have her take a whack at it. She decided to do a “doodle” version of dinos à la Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the like.

December 2017: Decemberley featuring Mo Willems

Ok y’all. I know that we’re in the wrong in the world of copyright. But there are times where I can be a bit of a petulant child (sorry, Hyperion Books for Children and Mr. Willems). When I had the thought of “Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Zamboni,” I knew that we had to celebrate Mo Willems’ work for our annual Decemberley celebration. And I think that it was a good choice because we could hear kids shouting their favorite characters’ names as they approached our front door. Duckling got a ton of love.

I was unable to photograph the cool ice effect that Natasia achieved after some trial and error. The ice is made up of long strips of packing tape that have been covered in different sizes of glitter. It looked amazing in the sunlight. Sooooo sparkly.

My favorite part of our decor was when I realized that we could hang images of all the things that the Pigeon wants (as chronicled in both Pigeon Wants a Puppy and Duckling Gets a Cookie!?). It was irreverent, fun, and a ton of fun when either people figured it out or asked us what was the deal with the cookies, hotdogs, french fry robots, etc. Plus they would spin, and at least once a year I want things hanging/spinning from our ceiling. What can I say? It makes me happy.

Another big shout-out to Angie Manfredi for her Winter Reading Program idea. It continues to be very popular and is a good idea.

Finally, I blew up the How to Draw Pigeon instructions from PigeonPresents.com for our white board.

AND THAT’S WHAT WE DID IN 2017!!!!

Hooray! You made it through my most epic post ever. And as a reward for making it to the end, I’ve included the images that I created (or just colored in) for our Mo Willems celebration. Click on the image below to get a pdf of both sides of the following images: a cookie, hot dog, walrus, iceberg, puppy, bus, and french fry robot. You can use these images however you’d like – enjoy!

Disclaimer: no pigeons were harmed in the making of this post. 

 

 

Libraries Are For Everyone: Wôpanâak

About a month ago, I had the honor of speaking at the Massachusetts’ School Library Association‘s conference on unceded Wampanoag land. So I was especially excited when on of the conference organizers, Laura, wrote to me with the Wôpanâak translation for Libraries Are For Everyone.

A million thanks go to the Wampanoag tribe members who worked with Laura to help make this sign set happen!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Libraries Are For Everyone in Wôpanâak featuring ten diverse library patrons 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).

Epic Rainbow LAFE

A new Rainbow Libraries Are For Everyone design featuring 90 languages. Available at both Etsy (as a digital file), and Society6 (as wall art) | #LAFE Hafuboti.com

I know that I’ve been posting a lot lately, but it feels like my creative fire has reignited after a long time of smoke and ashes. Overall, I’m pretty optimistic that I’ll return to my more “normal” blogging here very soon. Until then, hopefully this will be the last post about me selling things for awhile. Thank you all for sticking with me – it means the world to me.

Yesterday a school librarian in a Facebook group requested this, and I loved the idea so much that I went to work on it immediately. And a day later, here it is! A rainbow version of Libraries Are For Everyone featuring 90 languages!!! 

A new Rainbow Libraries Are For Everyone design featuring 90 languages. Available at both Etsy (as a digital file), and Society6 (as wall art) | #LAFE Hafuboti.com

You can either get a digital file for $10 at my Etsy shop, or a high quality physical version (poster, art print, canvas) for various prices at my Society6 shop.

For those of you who are curious, the 90 languages are in alphabetical order by language name. And if you’re even more curious, here’s a list of those languages:

Afaan Oromo, Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, American Sign Language (ASL), Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chickasaw, Chinese, Cree, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dine Bizaad, Dutch, Esperanto, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hopi, Hul’qumi’num’, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Karen, Khmer, Kiksht/Wasq’u, Kinyarwanda, Klingon, Korean, Kurdish, Latin, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marathi, Marshallese, Nepalese, Norwegian, Ojibwe, Oriya, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sepedi, Serbian, Sinhalese, SiSwati, Somali, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Sugs’tun, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamazight, Tamil, Teluga, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukranian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Wolof, Wôpanâak, Xhosa, and Zulu.

Rainbow LAFE

Hafuboti's Etsy shop for her digital artwork to help support her blog | Hafuboti.com

Recently I received a wave of requests for what I call the Rainbow version of my Libraries Are For Everyone design. This was something that I created to try and generate some revenue to help offset the cost of keeping my blog ad-free. Previously, you could only get the English rainbow version at my Society6 shop. But yesterday it occurred to me that I could use my dormant Etsy shop to sell the digital file. And why not have more languages available too?!

So that’s what I’ve done. I chose a handful of languages to get the rainbow treatment, and have the high-res digital files for sale at $5 each.

If you would like me to create and upload any other language, then don’t hesitate to ask here in the comments, email me at hafuboti@gmail.com, or through the Etsy convo system. For now I’m only posting a core dozen since it costs money to post products through Etsy and I’m trying to be as economical as possible.

And yes, if you download the image then you can use or modify it however you’d like.

Have a rainbow-filled day!!!

Rainbow Libraries Are For Everyone (LAFE) high-res jpegs are available for $5 each at Hafuboti's Etsy shop | Hafuboti.com