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.

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!

 

Holiday Challenge Accepted

Ah, what a magical time of year! ‘Tis the season to both make warm and fuzzy memories for the majority of the population all while alienating and/or denigrating the minorities.  Where staff hang garlands and deck their halls although they feel incredibly uncomfortable with this practice – all while feeling required to participate in the celebrations or be considered a Grinch or Scrooge who is waging a personal war against Christmas. Oh man, that Elf on the Shelf at the library is so gonna tattle on that person! Don’t forget to put out the token menorah!

But let’s take a step back and look at a group of Christmas celebrators who may feel alienated by your library’s Christmas decor: those in mourning. Over the past three years my husband and I have had three major loved ones die – two in this year alone. And let me tell you what: neither one of us feels like slapping on a fake smile in order to make others feel good about this time of year. We are surrounded by constant reminders that we will never again have a Christmas together with those we’ve lost. It sucks to say the very least.

Over the course of the years that I’ve been writing this blog, I have had a major shift in how I view holidays at the library. Because our community overwhelmingly celebrates Christmas, I thought that I was doing what was best by making our space join in on the festivities. Now I feel incredibly uncomfortable with this. Last year I chose to keep up my previous holiday blog posts. This year I removed them. Why? Because of horrible anti-Semitic, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic comments written on posts of Storytime Underground‘s Facebook group. On Christmas-related posts. This is a youth services librarian group. These things were being said by youth service librarians. Merry Christmas?

So, this year I have decided to not participate in feeding the Christmas beast. I mean, if you can’t put together a Christmas-tastic program or come up with ways to decorate your library on your own? Um. Maybe make time for learning how to use Pinterest and/or google “library christmas decor.” You will find an overabundance of help and ideas – just no longer on this blog.

Instead, I’ve decided to put together several posts highlighting winter holidays that somehow get constantly ignored. These are ones that, for whatever reason, all-inclusive children-level holiday-program celebrating librarians tend to leave out (although they automatically leave out Atheists or others who just don’t do holidays – this is why I’m specifically focusing on Children’s programming/decor because if you’re gonna be all-inclusive, there must be a discussion about how Santa isn’t real, and that’s more of an Adult thing that I could write another entire blog post on). These are holidays that could cause controversy because they’re not warm ‘n fuzzy, or not celebrated by as many people in the US.

In the comments section of another site’s pandering post about holiday celebrations in the library (I’m choosing not to link to it), a librarian joked that finding a picture book on Satanic holidays wasn’t going to happen.

My immediate thought?

So, I’m putting other posts on hold for now until 2017 (including this year’s awesome non-holiday Decemberley theme that has warm fuzzies out the wazoo). Until then I will be putting together alternative holiday programs for youth service librarians. The posts will have sign templates, imagery that can be used in displays, passive program ideas, etc.

All of this said, I am in no way an expert in any of these celebrations, so if you celebrate any of them that I cover, then I’d truly appreciate your thoughts and reactions to what I’ve created. I want to get it right. Though, I truly do believe that libraries should not do holidays. If you want to help the sad children who won’t have a Christmas without the library’s intervention? Then please help those children by volunteering your time and talents to local organizations – that would be awesome and way more appropriate.

Finally, I have two thank yous to share:

I’d like to thank the youth service librarian who gave me the idea for this series. She very seriously wrote to me that she would absolutely love to see a Krampusnacht display at her public library since it’s one of her favorite holidays and Christmas is super-de-dooper represented with their decor. You know who you are – and you’re gonna be thrilled with the kick-off post for this series. 

And to the librarian who joked about Satanic picture books: I appreciate the shove that you gave me to make a difference in this world. I think it’s gonna be great.

Here’s links to the various celebrations as they are posted:

Mini-Master’s of Library Science

Colorful Mini-Master's of Library Science at the Gretna Public Library for children who want to learn more about their library.Many months ago I was chatting with the wonderful Miss Meg from Miss Meg’s Storytime. If you don’t know her blog, then please stop reading and follow the above link. These words will wait for you over here, and you’ll be in for real storytime awesomeness treats over on her blog.

Okay, so Meg and I were chatting on Facebook where I was bemoaning the discovery of a sign that one of my team members had made. I give that teammate HUGE kudos for taking the initiative in trying to fix a perceived problem. However, the sign sent out an unwelcoming vibe – and it featured this symbol:

And when I spoke with that team member – she totally got it and we took down the sign.

But here’s the issue that led to that sign’s creation:
kids wandering back behind our circulation desk.

I’m actually incredibly grateful that the sign had been made and posted because it was the jolt that I needed to really think about this situation. I mean, what was the problem with kids being behind the desk with us? Yes, rules are important, but why wouldn’t we foster kids’ curiosity and ownership of their library?

So, that’s what Meg and I chatted about – and what happened as a result was nothing short of magic. Together we came up with the Mini-Master’s in Library Science!

We were incredibly excited about the thought of this and how it could be used. I mean, what if we welcomed kids behind the desk and share with them the joy that we have with our jobs? Both kids and parents would learn more about librarianship and the importance of education within it. But most important, both the children and the librarians would be making incredibly special memories. Squeeeee!!!

Meg ran with it right away and created her certificate. A storytime fan of hers had asked if she could have her 9th birthday party at the library with Meg (I mean, how awesome is that in and of itself?!). Well, Meg presented the attendees with certificates and frames to put them in! The local newspaper covered it:

Newspaper coverage of the first mini-master's of library science. Miss Meg bestowed these certificates during a birthday party at the library after the attendees took a tour and learned about library science.
^^^SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^^^

I hope that Meg will write about the experience on her blog sometime, because there were some very special moments during that event. Like, at least one got me ultra misty eyed. I’ll be sure to add a link here if and when she does.

For me, it took me months and months to finally get ours going, but going we got it! I asked our library page put take the template that Meg shared with me (and she’d share with you, too, if you ask her) and adjust it for your library.  And guess what?! I’ll share our template with you, too!

Gretna Public Library in Nebraska's Mini-Master's of Library Science degree that children can be awarded after a library tour and recommending a book to one of the librarians.
It’s a Microsoft Publisher file – so you’ll need to reach out and email me at hafuboti@gmail.com and I’ll send that file to you. If you don’t have Publisher, then still ask! I can take the certificate and try to convert it to whatever program that you have.

The debut of our Mini-Master’s program happened just a few weeks ago:

Rebecca McCorkindale shares the special moment of C.J. and Mitchell being the first to earn their Mini-Master's of Library Science. A.k.a. BABY LIBRARIANS!!! Such an awesome library memory for everyone involved.
C.J., on the far left, had told me a week before that he wanted to be a librarian when he grew up. ::melts:: So I asked his dad if I could take his boys on a library tour the following week. It happened and it was just as amazing as I’d hoped. I looked forward to it all week, and those boys just ate up all the “behind the scenes” stuff. And after they presented me with books that they’d recommend (a Frankenstein board book and a Thomas book), I presented them with their degrees!

I shared the above photo that their dad took for me on our library’s Facebook page (after getting the dad’s permission) and it was an enormous hit!
::intones a la Oprah:: ADVOCACYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

Even better? One of the local papers was there covering another story (our therapy dog storytime) and took some shots and published it the following week:

The Gretna Breeze's photos of the Mini-Master's experience at our library.
And now the boys have permission to come around the desk and check out their own books as long as we’re not too busy. They took advantage of that the other day – and though it was a wee bit chaotic (getting the younger brother Mitchell to take turns is a lesson in and of itself), I could tell that it meant the world to C.J. He would practically burst with pride whenever he perfectly scanned a bar code on the first try.

I hope that you take a look at possibly incorporating a Mini-Master’s degree into your library’s programming. It’s a joyous experience for everyone involved. And I even asked a girl yesterday if she’d like to have a special library tour on her next visit (we were closing in a few minutes and couldn’t fit one in at the time) – and the glowing grin she had while nodding? Pure. Magic.

I can hardly wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Summer Reading Program

For Bryce’s Summer Reading Hype Videos I ended up doing two videos. I did this mainly because I had two ideas that I loved, and I could’t decide between them. The first idea was my TRIP Tips video, but the second was much more ambitious. It took learning some new ukulele, animation, and sound mixing skills. Enjoy!
 CLICK HERE if you’d like to have the lyrics and ukulele chords for this song. And yes, it’s a major earworm courtesy of Ringo Starr’s Octopus’ Garden. Have I mentioned that I’m a Beatles fan? Cuz I totally am.

Be sure to watch all of the videos that other librarian bloggers have created for this project. Bryce has been sharing these videos on her blog by updating this post every week. They are all awesome!