Libraries Are For Everyone: Portuguese

Both Wendy and Jacqueline Duarte sent me the Portuguese translation to make into signs.

Thank you Wendy and Jacqueline!

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Portuguese featuring ten diverse library patrons holding a variet of globes on a yellow background |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Portuguese featuring three diverse library patrons on a rose background |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Portuguese featuring three diverse library patrons on an orange background |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Portuguese featuring three diverse library patrons on a yellow background |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Portuguese featuring three diverse library patrons on a green background |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Portuguese featuring three diverse library patrons on a blue background |

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Portuguese featuring three diverse library patrons on a purple background |

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).

I Heart Art!

I can hardly believe that MA(r)Y is almost over and I haven’t posted this month’s passive program: I Heart Art! Basically, we modified a basic scavenger hunt. We lessened the number of objects, since honestly, we were really tired of giving kids hints. And more honestly, we could hide two giant objects, and the same kids who ask for hints would STILL ask for at least one hint. I’ve jokingly said that one of these times I’m going to “hide” every one on a single endcap and see what happens (teehee!).

But I digress. We also wanted to have a different teaching element for the younger crowd, so instead of checking items off, the child would need to put the first letter in the object’s name. This is where a picture’s worth a thousand poor descriptive words.

And, of course the first family to do it (a mom and her two kids) did it incorrectly. The kids started to follow the simple instructions, and the mom jumped in and said “just put an ‘x’ on that line.” When they brought up their worksheets every inch of me wanted to tell the kids that none of those words started with an “x,” but I decided not to be a stinker. I have my non-stinky moments now and then.

Now that the month is ending, I’m happy to report that the people who followed the instructions far outweighed the “put an ‘x’ on it”-ers. Hooray!

Below are the object printout and worksheets for y’all to use! The only thing I don’t have for you is the information burst about Saturdays that we’d attached to the back of the book stand. Otherwise, click on the images and enjoy:

The Genre Dating Game

I wish that I could tell you where on earth this idea came from, but I had it suddenly and it came together very quickly.  I’m truly hoping that people interact with it (both young adults and adults since we point out that you can choose any books in the library, not just the displayed books).

Behold: The Genre Dating Game!

Three sets of different genre books: Mystery, Romance, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy make up this simple and fun interactive library display.

Before I go much further, I have to thank Michael at the Main Library for compiling all of the books – it saved me a huge amount of time.  He also made very thoughtful and diverse selections that I truly appreciate.

The game and display are pretty straightforward.  The patron picks a number (1-3) out of the yellow bowl.  Each number corresponds to a “book bachelor”: Mystery, Romance, or Sci-fi/Fantasy.  The player must choose a book from that genre to check out and “take on a date.”  That’s it!

Silly "book bachelor" signs both highlight each genre while evoking The Dating Game.

Here are some of the printables for you to use (click on the first two images below to get a ledger-sized jpeg for your own use – the other two are letter-sized pdfs).

Fun riff on The Dating Game's logo: The Genre Dating Game for libraries! |

Two sets of 1, 2, and 3 on ledger-sized paper for you to print off for yourself.

A simple how-to-play the game sign for you to use if you'd like.

The three "Book Bachelors" that we have featured for our Genre Dating Game.

Feel free to make your own version or want to adjust what I’ve done.  I used this font from Dafont.

The “bachelor descriptions” being suspended from the ceiling was a last-minute decision.  We haven’t really done anything quite like that and I thought it’d be eye-catching as well as give easier access to the displayed books.  Plus they’re really eye-catching since they’re in a drafty part of the library, and therefore nicely twirl.

Elevating the Genre Game sign was also last minute and I will be changing it.  Initially the sign was up with the “how to play,” but I felt it blocked the books too much. I tried stacking some mass market books from our ongoing book sale and then wrapping them in a plastic yellow tablecloth.  Um, yeah, I don’t like the look at all (the left side is okay, it’s the bunchy right-hand side that kills me).  I believe that I will either re-wrap them in a groovy scrapbooking paper that I didn’t have handy at the time, or I will just take the sign out of its holder and post it to the wall.  I have a feeling it’ll go on the wall.

Update: I did adjust it and it looks SOOO much better, don’t ya think?

This version of the of our Genre Dating Game looks much cleaner and gives us room for more books!

Speaking of the wall: those flowers were a last-second addition as well.  Their true purpose is to hide some ugly screws sticking out of the wall.  Originally the screws held up some plaques and pictures commemorating the library’s history.  I can’t remember why we took them down, but they proved to be impossible to get back up where they belong.  There are only three screws, but I added a few extra flowers to help fill the space a bit more.

And there you have it!  I’ll be sure to update here on whether or not this proved to be popular and/or how I’d change it if we do it again.

The Genre Dating Game: a fun passive program/library display for February/Valentine's Day |