Library Logo Line Art

You could also call this post the fourth unofficial Build a Better Artwork post since I could totally see these being put out for a passive coloring program OR a SUPER SPECIAL FILL-IN-THE-LOGO WITH HOW TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD OR SOME SUCH COMMUNITY ART PROJECT WHERE YOU THEN CUT OUT THE IMAGE AND PUT THEM IN WINDOWS OR AROUND TOWN BECAUSE THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!!!!!

Ahem.

Without further ado:

The perfect library coloring sheet!

Big and beautiful public library logo line art perfect as clipart or clip art OR a coloring sheet | hafuboti.com

TA-DA!!!

I’d absolutely love to see any and all of the creative things you do with this! Send me an email (hafuboti@gmail.com) and you’ll get a pretty quick response of me freaking out in the best way possible and/or me crying with overwhelming happiness. Try me.

UPDATE:

The fabulous Heidi L. can now attest to the fact that I will quickly freak out about her creative idea. I loved it so much that I asked permission to share it here, and she said yes!

Here’s how I’d like to use your line art graphic…. I’d like to distribute it to the local elementary school and have an art contest- give them the theme “Build a Better World” and a copy of the graphic. The winner gets their graphic put on our library’s summer reading brochure.

Build a Better Artwork pt. 2

If you’re a librarian or a Punk Rock Book Jockey prepping for the upcoming CSLP theme of Build a Better World, and you don’t want to use the artwork provided (or want to beef up what’s provided), then do I have some art for you! Also, don’t feel limited by this summer’s theme with these images. Please feel free to use any and all of these to support libraries!

Be sure to check out Part One here.

I must give a HUGE shout-out to both Angie and  Bryce for brainstorming ideas to represent PWD. These images would not be as diverse if I had not had their help.

Also!

I will be posting a bonus set of images very soon! I realized that there was an easy Photoshop tweak to up the usefulness of this artwork. Heh.

And here they are!

Feel free to click on any and all of the following images to get a super-high-res version that you can download and use:

Quadriplegic or PWD person in a reclining wheelchair looking at a assistive device that displays a house | hafuboti.com

African American man with a hearing aid holding a potted plant for Build a Better World and more | hafuboti.com

Girl with tracheotomy holding the recycle symbol Build a Better World and more for public libraries | hafuboti.com

A chemotherapy patient or an Orthodox Jewish woman holding the world wide web or internet symbol | hafuboti.com

An African American woman holding a compass for Build a Better World or anything else for public libraries | hafuboti.com

huge thank you to all my friends for their feedback on each of these images. This time around I sought opinions on potential issues before posting in case I made an unintentionally insensitive image. That said: if we all failed to catch something, then please let me know either in the comments or via email at hafuboti@gmail.com.

Finally, it’s very appreciated, though not required to send me a thank you donation for sharing my artwork. Just click on the donation link on the sidebar of this site and you’ll be taken to my Paypal.

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:

lumber-longer-striped

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.