Libraries Are For Everyone: Somali

Betsy Dadabo, the Librarian at Harding Senior High School in St. Paul, MN, asked a language specialist at her school to help with the Somali translation.

Thank you language specialist!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Somali featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Libraries Are For Everyone: Haitian Creole

One of @rachel_nk‘s library assistants was able to provide me with the Haitian Creole translation!

Mèsi anpil!

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Haitian Creole featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a yellow colored background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Libraries Are For Everyone: Amharic

Peter, a librarian in Minnesota, was able to get an Amharic translation from his Ethiopian colleague who works at the same library.

A big thank you to Emebet!!!

An update to these signs is coming soon so hold off printing and/or sharing.

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).

Libraries Are For Everyone Because…

Libraries Are For Everyone coloring sheet and writing prompt with a box for kids to write their "because..." answers | hafuboti.com and @MsLuker

I am beyond thrilled to have the wonderful Laura Luker (@MsLuker) guest writing for my blog! She created the above fabulous coloring sheet/writing prompt for her students, and shared it on Twitter so that anyone can use it. You can also click on the above image to get a copy of her jpeg. Hooray for open culture!!! I also picked out a few of her tweets that made me cry the most (with tears of joy) to share with you all.

And so, without further ado, I turn this blog over to Laura.

I created the sheet and the lesson that goes with it because since the last election, a topic that’s been on my mind often is the role of librarian as activist. It’s a role that people may not consider often – or may even disagree with, but one that I feel strongly about. Understandably, this must be done with care. As much as I am frustrated by our political landscape today, my double role as librarian and educator means that I’m not really allowed to voice political opinions. So for me it comes down to thinking really hard about what I CAN do to make a difference in the lives of my students and in the broader world.

In my mind, this takes many forms. I teach in a K-12 school, which means I work with patrons from the age of 5 all the way through high school. I also consider colleagues and school administrators to be my patrons. I am responsible for providing a very wide range of services from safeguarding patron privacy to providing information literacy skills – and in some ways this is easier with my older students. The library world is full of great resources for teaching how to find and evaluate information and how to teach and support literacy. I consider both of these topics to be issues of social justice. After all, a well-informed, critical, literate populace is democracy’s best defense.

Certainly, younger students can and should be taught about critical thinking and inquiry, but the elementary grades are also prime territory for lessons about inclusion and equity. Developmentally, kids at this age are very invested in the concept of fairness, which made my job pretty easy when I began talking to them about the role of libraries. I provided a framework of first thinking about what libraries do for them personally and then expanded that into asking them to take the perspective of a student new to a school and then outward to a family new to the United States. We made a class mind-map on the board and ultimately ended up with general categories of information, entertainment, and safety. (I will admit that the last category made my heart swell the most!) With gentle prompting, they came to the conclusion that these services are provided for free to everyone, regardless of income, color, ability, etc. With this fresh on their minds, they gleefully set to work writing inspirational messages of library love.

While I love that I was able to have my third graders focus on this topic for a day and come to the conclusions that they did, I also very much hope that this lesson lasts. In addition to the crucial focus on equity, I admit that I hope that my students take away a longer-lasting message of libraries as important places of information and social justice. In Massachusetts, as I’m sure is the case in many other states, library funding is constantly in jeopardy. Many schools don’t have libraries or qualified librarians, putting students at a disadvantage compared to students in schools that do have those services. Public library budgets are also either level-funded or cut, which means that all the great benefits my third graders were able to describe to me could be increasingly difficult to provide. My hope is that these future decision makers will carry this lesson into a future where libraries and the services they provide continue to be seen as relevant and important.

Laura Luker
library teacher
Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
Hadley, MA

Libraries Are For Everyone: Latin

A big thank you to the scholar who sent me this translation!!!

A bigger thank you to Susan, who corrected an error for me on the originals!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone signs in corrected Latin featuring ten diverse library patrons holding various globes on a yellow colored background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Libraries Are For Everyone signs in corrected Latin featuring three diverse library patrons on a rose colored background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Libraries Are For Everyone signs in corrected Latin featuring three diverse library patrons on an orange colored background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Libraries Are For Everyone signs in corrected Latin featuring three diverse library patrons on a yellow colored background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Libraries Are For Everyone signs in corrected Latin featuring three diverse library patrons on a green colored background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Libraries Are For Everyone signs in corrected Latin featuring three diverse library patrons on a blue colored background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Libraries Are For Everyone signs in corrected Latin featuring three diverse library patrons on a purple colored background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

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).