This is my second post designed to help catch you up with the monthly themes that we have at our Children’s Library. Here’s the first post like this: the 2017 themes 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to get caught up to where we are now over the next few weeks. This process is a very bittersweet one for me since as of this past week, my right-hand assistant and amazing artist Natasia, has moved on from our library. Almost all of these themes were her creations from start to finish. She is deeply missed.
Now onto the themes before I start crying.
January 2018: Cameo Appearances
I have already posted about this. Here’s a quick visual:
February 2018: ???
Well, this is a lost theme. Neither Natasia nor myself could remember what this theme was. D’oh!
March: Mysterious March
Mystery solved! I found the missing March pictures. Here they are:
I was very pleased with how many parents got a kick out of the scavenger hunt sign. They’d be reading it aloud to their kids, and were obviously amused at the “highly impractical” line.
April: Artsy April
Natasia was again allowed to do any artsy thing she wanted for what ended up being our final Artsy April. It wasn’t that we hated the theme, it was more like we had so many other themes that we’d rather do instead.
May: May Flowers
Natasia had hoped that May would be a less-stressful theme by having kids and caregivers color two styles of flowers that we had at our activity tables. My favorite flower design was by our Library Page at the time, Wendy. I ended up laminating her Totoro flower as soon as it came down, and it’s on our office wall.
But, you may have caught on that I said hoped that this would be less stressful. It was a great theory, but she ended up (even with us all trying to help her) spending a lot of time cutting out flowers instead of working on the upcoming summer’s theme.
The top gif was created by Natasia, and was a blast to share online with our patrons, and now with you.
June & July: CLSP’s Libraries Rock
Honestly, the summer of 2018 was an absolute blur. I was Acting Director (my Director was on maternity leave), we had just lost our Young Adult Librarian to a full-time library job elsewhere, I was President-Elect of the Nebraska Library Association during one of its most tumultuous times, and my husband and I (after our landlord unexpectedly decided to sell the house we were renting) went through the process of buying our first home and moving into said home. ::eye twitches::
But you’re here for the themes, so let me get back on track.
In the second photo, you can see that there are music notes hung from the ceiling with fishing line. Well, you can’t see the fishing line (that’s why we use it), but you also can’t see the glitter on the notes. So not only did they twirl in the air currents, they also glittered. They were one of the bright spots during this difficult time.
August: Our Library Is Doggone Great!
I’m a bit embarrassed that I was the most involved in this theme, and it’s the one I took the most pictures of. I can has ego. But, this theme was created by the teens who were in our Teen Summer Internship program.
The teens decided that for their big project, they’d be creative directors for one month. Based on our discussions of advocacy, they came up with “Our Library Is Doggone Great,” and to have a dog walk to benefit our Library Foundation. Unfortunately, for all the reasons I mentioned in June/July, helping to organize that awesome idea for an event was beyond me. At least we were able to get up the decor that they had helped to created, and shared it with our community.
One of the intern’s aunts worked for a no-kill dog shelter, and was able to supply us with great photos that we could use. So I taught the teens some basic Photoshop skills, and they each got a chance to create their own dog face. Yay! Then I finished ‘shopping the doggos, and then had fun turning real or imaginary books into something fun for the dogs to read. On the exterior, the books were flat, but on the inside, we folded the book covers along their spines to give the books a fun 3D pop appearance.
The reading bench display says “Sit! Stay! Read!”
If you have need for any dog faces, or silly doggo-based books, then click on the images below to get pdfs for you to use however you’d like!
September: We took our annual break from themes.
The following year, we took the break before summer so that there was more time to prep for more summer decor. That was a good idea.
October: Creepy Crawlies
Having freed ourselves from holiday themes years ago, we continue finding fun ways to acknowledge the season without alienating anyone. Well, this time at least those who don’t have arachnophobia.
Natasia’s skills with tissue paper, cardstock, and pretty much anything, are always incredible to watch. These photos don’t do her work justice.
November: Owls Whooo Read
I wish that there was a better photo showing the gorgeous front windows that featured owls reading books in the woods. We only had the one above, and I had to boost the light and saturation a lot just so you can maybe get the gist.
Thankfully, I took a good picture of the owls before they were put in the window.
Natasia’s amazing work inspired me to create some coloring sheets for the activity tables. And I’m happy to share them with you, too. Just click on the below image for your very own set.
December: Decemberley featuring Eric Carle’s Draw Me a Star
Natasia made these really beautiful stars using Eric Carle’s technique with thin cardboard, tissue paper, and paint. The above stars were just a few that were hung from our ceiling. The front window featured a few stars like this of various sizes, and the boy who was drawing the stars in the book, was drawing a star on our window.
This was also interactive decor in which kids and caregivers could participate:
And here’s one final set of freebies:
And I think that about covers 2018! Phew!!!
Again, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about anything, or you have any problems downloading any of the freebies.