As I was checking in our library’s copy of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo, I had a sudden inspiration. Then I had to wait until my lunch break to turn the inspiration into a reality. And did I ever make it real!
If you don’t get the reference, then check out this awesome music video.
Fair Warning: you will get that song stuck in your head.
And you’re welcome to everyone who now has that song stuck in their head. Heh.
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!
Several weeks before the #LibrariesR4Every1 signs existed, I had been playing around with the universal library symbol (yes, I know how to party in my free time). I stumbled across them today, and realized that I should set them free and into the world for anyone to use.
Like with everything else on this blog, these are under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license. So have fun with them! And like I say with any of my minimalist work – you do *not* have to put either my name or my business name on them. If people want to know who created the original, then they can ask and/or find out pretty quickly with an internet search.
Like with anything I share, I’d love to see how you’re using it! Feel free to post links in the comments, or send me an email at email@example.com.
One of the bestest-best things that has happened as a result of having this blog is that I get to connect with librarians from all over the world. It’s just flat-out awesome. And sometimes those connections lead to a collaboration like what just recently happened with Julie Syler and Ashley Jones from the Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas. They were preparing for National Library Legislative Day, and wanted to use my images. One thing led to another and we ended up making some pretty sharp-looking images for the occasion. (coughHUMBLEBRAGcoughcough)
Because we all love to share, we decided to post our creations here for anyone/everyone to use!
Without further ado – click on, download, and use any or all of the following images:
Get an updated version of the above sign (with global variety) by following this link.
There you have it: something that I would not have done if someone hadn’t reached out to me! (hint-hint eyebrow wiggle)
I’d love to know if you or your library end up using any or all of these signs either in the comments here, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, I just plan on making high-pitched EEP! noises if/when I come across one of these in the wild (like as a profile pic or some such thing).
THE FREE FONT THAT I USED
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).
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!!!!!!
Without further ado:
The perfect library coloring sheet!
I’d absolutely love to see any and all of the creative things you do with this! Send me an email (email@example.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.
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.