Socially Shiny

Combining Storytime Underground's Storytime for Social Justice logo, and my purple shiny muppet crystal | hafuboti.com

Since accepting Storytime Underground’Resolve to Rock several years ago (but in my own sparkly way), I have come to look forward to January’s reflection and goal setting. I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but having a librarycentric/professional focus has helped me really appreciate their power.

This year the SU Joint Chiefs have a different challenge: Storytime for Social Justice. Basically, we need to focus on and bring awesome aspects of social justice into our libraries and programming in only ways that YS-peeps can. Even if you don’t have a blog (which you totally should) you can still join in on this.

There Went 2016

While 2016 was a very difficult year overall, my professional life went through a metamorphosis. I discovered a lot about myself, how I view myself, and what I want to do in the library world – and for the world at large.

My biggest fail was not following through on my plan to write a nice note to each Nebraska youth service librarian that I could find. It was like turning this hope into a resolution totally took the wind out of my sails. But, over time I realized that I still want to do it, but as a Punk Rock Book Jockey, and not as the Chair of the School, Children, and Young People’s section of the Nebraska Library Association.

My biggest successes really boil down to figuring out what I truly meant by being shiny in the library world:

  • I spoke on behalf of my library in front of the Nebraska Senate General Affairs Committee (you can read it on page 75 of the transcript ). I sort of stumbled into doing it, and now that I’ve done it, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
  • I gave my first presentations. It was rough going for awhile, but ultimately had a happy ending. This, in turn, led to me co-presenting at the Nevada Library Association’s annual conference (which was friggin’ AWESOME).
  • The idea for Punk Rock Book Jockeys was formed.
  • I became a published artist! I submitted this artwork based on Banksy’s The Flower Bomber to Resist!, and it was accepted:

A modified version of Banksy's Flower Bomber featuring a female librarian throwing Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale | hafuboti.com

I must give another heartfelt thank you to Jessamyn for both telling me about the call for entries and encouraging me to submit.

Here Comes 2017

Here’s a small sampling of my hopes and goals which, shockingly – I know, tie in with social justice:

  • Finish writing my Accessibility Series post for Bryce Don’t Play. This has been a tough piece for me to write on many levels, and so I tend to distract myself with other things and procrastinate ::has a moment of self-realization while typing this post:: Heh.
  • Continue working on Punk Rock Book Jockeys.
  • I have a massive artsy-early-literacy-skills-diversity thing I’m hoping to get going. OooOOOoOoooo…mysterious vagueness…
  • I’m gonna continue adding more diversity to our library’s collection. Tied in with this is that I want to make sure that more diverse titles get featured in our displays.
  • Become fluent in conversational Spanish. As a fibromyalgia manager, it can be a struggle to do physical things to help during this uncertain and downright terrifying time in our country. While watching the January 21st protests I thought “at least I can still raise my voice,” and that’s when this goal occurred to me. If I succeed, then I want to try to also gain fluency in Arabic. This world could use more understanding in a multitude of ways.
  • Learn more children’s names who visit the library. I’ve been working on this for a few months already, and the reaction from both the kids and parents has really inspired me to work harder on this. If I draw a blank, I do what Reading with Red‘s Brooke does and say “friend.” Like, “Hi, friend!” Even that can get a beaming smile.

And there you have it: my super-shiny mostly social justicey goals for 2017! If reading my goals somehow sparked your own, then I’d love to know. Please feel free to comment on this post or email them to me. I hope to touch base with you around this time next year to see how you did.

¡Listo o no aquí voy!

 

Our Chalkboard Window

At some point this past summer I had a flash of inspiration. It’s probably because I saw yet another awesome chalkboard sidewalk sign on Pinterest, which made me want to do something like that.

Then the location of it came about because although I love having windows everywhere in our building, I don’t like the one that’s right by my desk. Light would bounce off of parked cars and into my eyes and I would have to creatively place various objects in the window sill in order to block it. Also people would randomly bang on the window or just stare creepily through it and at me.

Front exterior of the Children's Library with an arrow pointing at the front office window | hafuboti.com

I took the above picture right after I had finished cleaning every window in the library (both inside and outside). I adore this picture because of how shiny those widows are. Just look at ’em! You could eat off of those windows, although gravity would make it difficult.

So one day I was like “OMG WE CAN PUT THE CHALK BOARD INSIDE THE WINDOW SILL TO KEEP THE BOARD LOOKING NICE, ADVERTISING OUR EVENTS TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER COME INSIDE OUR LIBRARY, ALL THE WHILE GIVING ME MORE PRIVACY!” I pretty much sent an email like that to my Director. Caps and all. Thankfully she loved the idea and suggested that her very handy dad might be able to put something together.

And, like two weeks later I had an awesome chalkboard in the window! Our Director’s dad had the perfect sized wood piece, and leftover chalk paint from a previous project so when it arrive it was practically a completed project: woohoo! It is utterly gratifying to have a flash of inspiration turn into reality that fast.

I then asked our very talented Natasia to take over the task of making the board look great – and that she did. She took some donated violet paint and painted the plain wooden backside, and then used chalk markers for almost all of the signs (we tried regular chalk and it was too hard work with as well as to read).

Check it out:

Our first chalkboard window sign at the library | hafuboti.com

As you can see above, we changed the chalkboard weekly during the busy summer months. For all of the non-summer-programming months, we change it on a month-by-month basis:

Exterior view of our chalkboard window in September featuring the month's children's events | hafuboti.com

You might have noticed on the second photo that there’s a small image in the lower left-hand corner of the window. That was our way of communicating a very important fact that we felt should really stand out and get non-library members’ attention. It’s taped to the window, and not to the chalkboard. Here’s a rainy day closeup:

A cartoon version of our Children's Librarian's head telling readers that they don't need a library card to attend our events | hafuboti.com

Boom. Marketing our events to anyone who walks by.

I added some fun photocopied book covers to the back side so that I wasn’t just looking at a giant purple rectangle. And our Director picked up a tension rod to keep the board from falling in on me (the wood is heavy and getting hit with it would definitely hurt).

Ah, the cheerful privacy! Plus, on occasion I can hear kids on the outside excitedly exclaim things about our events.

It’s also been a big hit with our community! We’ve had many people tell us that it’s great to see a breakdown of what’s going on in an easy-to-read format. It has also helped get people to the right location when we’re having a children’s event at our other library building. For example: when we had our most recent Kitty Cafe, the Humane Society representative went to the Children’s Library thinking that the event was there. The building was closed, but there was the event listed on our chalkboard which indicated where she needed to go instead. Yay! Kitty cat-tastrophe diverted!

Have you done anything like this at your library? Please share in the comments – I’d love to know about it. And as always, don’t hesitate to ask me any questions about this. Chalk On.

Oh My Anne Carroll Moore!

Many months back I created another pop-culture/library symbol mashup series – this time featuring the Lumberjanes! I somehow managed not to share them here on my blog, for some reason. Most likely forgetfulness.

But if you haven’t read Lumberjanes and/or it’s not part of your library’s collection – then add it and read it! Ladies need more positive representations in comics. Just sayin’.

Now, without further ado, here are the library lumber ladies:

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The universal public library symbol gets remade with Mal from the Lumberjanes | hafuboti.com A loving homage mashup of the Lumberjane's Molly with the public library logo | hafuboti.com Lumberjanes' Molly as a public library symbol | hafuboti.com Jo from Lumberjanes reads a book as a homage to both the comic Lumberjanes and public libraries everywhere | hafuboti.com Lumberjanes' Ripley is turned into a public library symbol. Naturally. | hafuboti.com

Click on any of the images above to get a higher resolution of each image. As always, feel free to copy, use, and/or modify any of these images.

I do have the very top image for sale at Redbubble, and a thank you donation option is available on the sidebar of my blog.

And seriously, check out Lumberjanes – it’s absolutely wonderful and worthy of fan homages.

Shop Grand Reopening

I’m pleased to finally announce that I’m opening up my shop again! And for the first time it’s my artwork and not just ornaments! Going this route is a great way to keep a shop going while still trying to figure out how to manage my fibromyalgia while having a side business.

I have completely reworked my superhero mashups into higher resolutions so that they can be made into a wide variety of clothing, decor, and accessories.

I also created two new mashups in honor of the occasion:

It’s Spider-Gwen (aka Spider-Woman) and Squirrel Girl!

As of now these two are only available at Redbubble, but they will eventually be added to Society6. Each online store has a slightly different inventory, so it’s worth checking both out if you’re looking for a certain thing (such as dresses or clocks).

Oh – and I definitely should mention that I still want anyone who wants to download, use, and/or modify my images to do so! Seriously, you don’t need to ask (unless the print shop wants a waiver or a letter stating that I’m cool with you using my art – just shoot me a request at hafuboti@gmail.com).

So hop on over to my Shop section, and click on either ad to go to my profile on either site. And today (7/25/16) Redbubble’s having a 20% off sale! But know that both sites do have sales on a pretty regular basis – woohoo!

And finally an update on the original Hafuboti shop’s recycled book ornaments: I still have a nice selection of them! But getting them transferred from Etsy has been more of a chore than I’ve felt like dealing with over this past year or so. Therefore, I don’t have them listed anywhere online, but I do hope to eventually change that.

In the meantime, if you are an ornament fan, then please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask about any ornaments you may remember. Hafuboti@gmail.com is still the best way to contact me and I’m always thrilled to get mail from any of my readers. Seriously – it always brightens my day.

Happy shopping!

Summer Library LEGO Trailer

As of late I have been experimenting with animation. I’m not the greatest at it…yet, but it’s passable.

Here’s a short Summer Library LEGO Club faux movie trailer that I made for our library:
Fun Fact: The music you hear is me on my ukulele – I just pitched it lower during the editing process. It saved me lots of time and stress trying to find a free fair use Jaws-like theme for this project.

With very little effort I edited this video for any library to use to promote their LEGO Clubs during the summer:
Feel free to download, modify, customize, or whateverize this for yourself or your library.

Have fun!