Libraries Are For Everyone: Albanian

Several months ago I received this Albanian translation, and the sender was incredibly gracious when I told her that I was overwhelmed with work. So a HUGE thank you to the librarian who waited (which makes me want Doctor Who to have a librarian companion), and to her library page who provided the translation!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a rose background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on an orange background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a green background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a blue background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring three diverse patrons on a purple background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Albanian featuring ten diverse patrons holding globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #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).

Decemberley 2016

The Children's Library's annual Decemberley celebration where we celebrate picture book illustrators. This year we celebrated Jan Brett's The Mitten. It's a great alternative to holiday decor that can alienate our public | hafuboti.com

Yes, I got behind on sharing on my blog near the end of last year. But let’s just say that I felt that writing some other things in December mattered more than this particular warm-fuzziness. And our December was chock full of the warm fuzzies. Like, it has been one of the most reacted-to-by-adults theme that we’ve ever done.

But lemme back it up a sec.

When we were trying to figure out the second Decemberley celebration, we realized that Ed Embereley’s work could only go so far. So we knew that the next time we’d still call it Decemberley, but focus on other famous children’s book illustrators. And in 2016 we decided to pay homage to Jan Brett’s The Mitten.

With that choice we inadvertently tapped into some major nostalgia for many parents. I mean, we want adults to feel just as inspired when they enter our space as the children are, but this time? I think the parents enjoyed Natasia’s work more than their kiddos did. One dad, as he was walking in, excitedly said “I remember this book! I LOVED this book!” I also suspect that Brett received a bit of a bump in sales as a result of our decor. Tee-hee!

Without further ado, here’s our The Mitten homage:

A beautiful homage to Jan Brett's The Mitten at the entrance of our Children's Library | hafuboti.com

Looking at it again almost a year later, I still get the warm fuzzies.

The animal faces are actually masks that Jan Brett provides for free on her website – Natasia just printed them larger than a typical child’s head. She drew/colored everything else: Jaw. Drop.

I failed to get a nice picture of the cool giant pair of mittens that Natasia made for above the reading bench. There was one in each window, and the paper mittens were embellished with braided yarn. And then a large braided piece of yarn attached the two together. It was striking.

Despite my lack of photos, I hope that our annual December celebration inspires you to think outside of the holiday box. It truly frees you to tap into some unexpected ways to cheer others up during one of the coldest months of the year.

Parody Songpalooza!

Every year when Free Comic Book Day rolls around, I try and come up with fun new things for our patrons to enjoy. This year, our library team’s awesome Ashlynn asked if she could help with the activities and I was all like HECK YEAH BECAUSE I HAVE AN IDEA THAT’LL TAKE TIME TO DO!!! And because of her awesome assistance, I was able to do it. Yay!

So I present to you:

Comic Book Parody Singalong Songs free for you to download and use at your next geeky nerd-filled library program | hafuboti.com

That’s right – I took famous songs and wrote parody lyrics to help celebrate the comics nerd in all of us.

The most time-consuming aspect was that I decided to print out the lyrics on ledger paper, cut them out, and then hand-glue the lyrics and ukulele chords to a giant pad of paper. A projector would probably have worked just as well, but it wouldn’t have worked for us during this particular event.

Here’s what it looked like in progress. I should note that I did not write this particular parody – it was written by the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl‘s Ryan North and Erica Henderson:

Comics Parody Singalong Songs | Using a printer, scissors, glue, and paper to share the lyrics with a large crowd | hafuboti.com

This took me many many hours – more than I had estimated. So when FCBD arrived, I had not practiced my ukulele enough to sound passable. Thankfully, I had the incomparably talented Badland Girls to back me up and make me sound so much better. Yay!

Rebecca, Rhea, and Destiny - commemorating a successful Free Comic Book Day together at the Gretna Public Library | hafuboti.com

Aren’t we adorkable?!

We’re also showing off our favorite song: a parody of CCR’s Down on the Corner that’s all about Guardians of the Galaxy. For fun, I tried my hand at vidding for the first time. I hope that you enjoy the results!

Did that make you wanna singalong? Did it make you want to add a singalong element to your next geeky library program?

Then do I have a treat for you!

Go up to this post’s top image and click on it. You’ll be able to download a pdf of ALL of the songs that I parodied, including their ukulele chords!!!!! Yaaaaaay!!!!!

Here’s the song list:

  • Batman Smells (Jingle Bells)
  • Sub-Mariner’s Kingdom (Octopus’s Garden)
  • Odinsleeping (Are You Sleeping)
  • Black Panther Rules and Fights (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Theme (Spider-Man Theme)
  • King of the Sea (Yellow Submarine)
  • On the Milano (Down on the Corner)

I’ll likely add more songs every time FCBD rolls around again, and I’ll be sure to share those with you. If there’s a song or a comic book that you’d like me to tackle, then please let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Comment about it here or send me an email at hafuboti@gmail.com. I can’t guarantee that I’ll turn your idea into reality, but know that I’ll try.

Nebraska: The Library State

Nebraska: The Library State about Rebecca McCorkindale's 2019 NLA Presidential candidacy, dreams, etc | hafuboti.com

Hello to all of the Nebraska library workers who may have decided to check out what Hafuboti is, who I am, or both! I hope that you have a fun time looking around my blog and using anything and everything that I share. And I do mean that I share everything under a Creative Commons license.

For my regular readers I should explain why I am hoping that a lot of Nebraskans are checking out my blog: I am running to be the Nebraska Library Association‘s President in 2019!!! YES I AM EXCITED TOO!!!

I thought everyone might be interested in learning more about my professional goal of making Nebraska The Library State. After all, it’s one of the main reasons that I decided to throw my hat into the ring. This goal came to me one day when I realized that there isn’t a U.S. state known as “The Library State,” and so why can’t my state earn that nickname?

This goal would be a really great way of unifying every single person who works in/for, volunteers at, or oversees any type of library. If we all kept this in the back of our minds while we work, we should be able to elevate our libraries and especially our library service to whole new levels. After all, every library is unique, staffed by vastly diverse workers, and is in a unique community. This sort of goal gives a leeway for it to be achieved in endless ways.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have tourists coming from all over the world to check out our state’s libraries? Or people moving to our state because our school libraries are exceptional? People choosing to apply to our colleges because of the excellent college libraries?! Lawyers from all over jealous of our law libraries?!?!

See what I’m getting at?

It’s pretty awesome once you start thinking about it.

Have my thoughts triggered some ideas of your own? I’d love to hear about them! Feel free to comment below, or send me an email at hafuobti@gmail.com. 

Summer Hype Video 2017

I had the honor of making another video for the Washington County Cooperative Library System youth service team this summer.

A tiny bit of background on this project: the awesome Bryce from Bryce Don’t Play puts out an annual call to all library workers for fun/inspiring videos to help brighten the day of librarians who are pushed to the max during the summer months. Be sure to check out her compilation of the 2017 videos over on her blog. Watch and then think about doing one next year. Then do it.

Okay, on to my video – enjoy!