Libraries Are For Everyone: Odia (aka Oriya)

I am still absolutely thrilled every time I receive a new LAFE translation, and there’s been a flurry of emails sent to me as the school year begins. After all, it’s so very important to remind students that they are not less than during a time where bullies are doing all that they can to tear them down because the bullies think that they need to tear others down in order to feel greater than


Let’s get to the Odia/Oriya signs! This is another beautiful language from India – I mean, just look at it!!! GORGEOUS. Like, I love me some English, but it takes all sorts of complex calligraphy to make it look as beautiful as Odia just IS.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to both the Library Media Specialist in Washington (hi, Ann!!!) and one of her student’s family members (hi, Padmaja!!!) who made this possible.

"Libraries Are For Everyone" translated into Odia (aka Oriya) featuring three diverse patrons on a rose background | #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

"Libraries Are For Everyone" translated into Odia (aka Oriya) featuring three diverse patrons on an orange background | #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

"Libraries Are For Everyone" translated into Odia (aka Oriya) featuring three diverse patrons on a yellow background | #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

"Libraries Are For Everyone" translated into Odia (aka Oriya) featuring three diverse patrons on a green background | #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

"Libraries Are For Everyone" translated into Odia (aka Oriya) featuring three diverse patrons on a blue background | #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

"Libraries Are For Everyone" translated into Odia (aka Oriya) featuring three diverse patrons on a purple background | #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).

Display Power!

Simple and slim organizers used to make book displays on our library's endcaps (and hopefully walls, too)! |

This year I was given the go-ahead to do some creative reworking of our teen space, and it’s been pretty fun. One of the best decisions I made was ordering a bunch of these Umbra Strum Wall Organizers (FYI: I’m not being paid for this recommendation).

Simple and slim organizers used to make book displays on our library's endcaps (and hopefully walls, too)! |

We’ve been wanting to order a slat wall endcaps for this area, but daaaaaang are they expensive! My solution was much cheaper, slimmer,  and can move if we ever need them to. Plus they just look fabulous and help define the Young Adult section.

I do plan on adding a fifth bracket to that shorter bookcase on the right – I just ran out of time and I was too excited to share this solution with y’all. I can be cute like that. And I also plan on sharing with y’all more of the changes that I’m making in this area once they’re done. Again, I could have waited to share everything at once, but see the aforementioned statement on my cuteness.

(or is it…?)
(probably not because sometimes my cuteness verges on adorableness)

Sign After Sign

Sign After Sign: sharing three behavioral expectation signs that we have at our Children's Library: age, cell phones, and clothing |

Oh hai!

To say the very least: my life has ramped up intensity almost to my breaking point. But I miss blogging! But blogging takes time and energy – two things that I have very little of right now! It’s a Catch-Shmoopitty-Shmoo!

But I’ve had a handful of library workers, from Nebraska and beyond, reach out to me about our policies and signs. And when I hear a question regularly or notice a consistent issue, then I know that whatever it is is something that should be addressed one way or another. So after I shared our info with them, I thought that I should share this with you!

I’ve written about my seeing the signs previously, and have continued to try and be aware of when a sign may be of help (and not passive-aggressive). We’ve had a pair of signs at our Children’s Library for years now that I never thought to share here. They’re on both of our exterior doors:

Our library's age policy in terms of how old you must be before you're allowed to be in the library alone |

Our Children's Library's "no cell phone calls" sign that is posted at both entrances/exits |

It really does help to have these signs posted in order to point them out to either children or their caregivers (though we still get shocked/offended parents who are embarrassed that they got called out on policy violations).

This summer is the first time in about two years where we’ve added to these expectations signs:

A simple yet punny sign stating our library's policy on what's expected in terms of patrons being fully clothed to be in our library |

I must say that I had a blast looking at baby goat images – especially the ones in pajamas. I ended up cobbling together the image using doggie shoes, vest, and a toddler’s pair of pants.

I had several librarian friends share concerns that some snarky patrons would bring in actual baby goats in clothes, and I was like “OMG DO YOU THINK THEY WILL?! HECK YEAH!!!!!” I’ll be sure to update here if that ever happens (and I really want that to happen).

But back to the point!

I thought y’all might like to see how we post our signs so that you can see how small they are, and how they’re placed. The ones at the front entrance routinely get moved around depending on how we decorate the windows – which I think is a bonus since signs posted and left in the same position become a piece of the background for our regulars.

How we place some of our behavior expectations/policies at the Children's Library |

And yes – you’re getting a sneak peak of what we’ve done with our decor for the summer theme Libraries Rock!


Enhanced closeup of the behavior expectations/policies near our front entrance at the Children's Library |

And our side entrance:

The side entrance of our Children's Library where we post the same behavior expectation signs as we have at our front entrance |

In case you don’t know what the Mister Rogers & Friends mini window display is: check it out.


Closeup view of our behavior expectations signs on the side entrance of our Children's Library |

As always, feel free to use/modify any of the images/signs in this post! And also as always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions however you’re most comfortable (in comments, email, Facebook, etc).

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 |

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" |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

We highlighted our biographies in January 2018 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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