January 2017: ‘appy New Year!

'APPY NEW YEAR!!! Having some emoji fun while highlighting our ebook collection. It's a fun way to kick off a new year! | Hafuboti.com

I thought of possibly trying to just sort of publish this post and say nothing about how it’s a year old!!!!! But yeah. You can tell that I decided against that. Instead, I’m highlighting this fact, shrugging my shoulders, and reframing it so that I can embrace it and be all “YEAAAAH!!! FINALLY GETTIN’ IT DONE!!!”

My life and career have become very intense as of late, and blogging has obviously gone on the back burner. So what I’m hoping to do is share what we did last year in one post followed by another post sharing what we’ve done this year. Trying to keep up with the months should give me a goal to reach for while getting this here blog caught up on all of our shenanigans. Theoretically.

Here goes nothing!

I had the idea for the ‘appy New Year theme during Holly Storck-Post’s (of Let the Wild Rumpus Start Storytime Underground fame) presentation about early literacy apps at the 2016 Nevada Library Association conference. She talked about her library’s Appy Hour program and I was like “I KNOW JANUARY’S THEME!” I even drew stars and hearts around this idea in the small notebook that I had for notetaking.

And a few months later – voila! It was our theme!

Our fabulously talented Natasia had a fun time putting together the front window display featuring emojis. This was long before the Emoji Movie existed and we were taken aback at how popular this theme was. I lost count of how many kids would come in and say something like “I LOVE EMOJIS!!!”

Get 'Appy! Celebrating great apps for kids and families during January's 'Appy New Year theme at the Children's Library | Hafuboti.com

The biggest app that we highlighted was our library’s account with Overdrive to help both parents and kids know that we had a wonderful resource for them. In fact, we made finding 2D ereaders our scavenger hunt.

An 'Appy New Year passive scavenger hunt program encouraging kids to practice their writing skills | Hafuboti.comThis particular scavenger hunt was a bit more challenging in that we wanted to have kids work on their writing skills. We don’t always make our passive programs this challenging for our youngest patrons, but we try and push them now and then. Needless to say, we chose books with shorter titles.

I wish that we had kept copies of the ebook scavenger hunt files to share with you, but unfortunately they are nowhere to be found. But, while searching for them, I discovered that we did keep our simple but very popular coloring sheet. Click on the image below to get a letter-sized version without my logo on it:

An incredibly simple and popular emoji coloring sheet | Hafuboti.comFinally, Natasia made a bright sign for our reading bench display. We showcased our books about computer science, technology, and video games. This proved to be a tough display to keep stocked! <<<a great problem to have!

An 'appy New Year book display featuring books on computer science, technology, and video games! | Hafuboti.com

I you look closely, you can see one of our eBook scavenger hunt pieces in the middle of our clock. It’s a Curious George eBook with a circled number on its lower right hand side.

And that’s how we kicked off 2017. I can hardly wait to show you what we did for 2018 – and hopefully I’ll be showing off much sooner than later!

Parody Songpalooza!

Every year when Free Comic Book Day rolls around, I try and come up with fun new things for our patrons to enjoy. This year, our library team’s awesome Ashlynn asked if she could help with the activities and I was all like HECK YEAH BECAUSE I HAVE AN IDEA THAT’LL TAKE TIME TO DO!!! And because of her awesome assistance, I was able to do it. Yay!

So I present to you:

Comic Book Parody Singalong Songs free for you to download and use at your next geeky nerd-filled library program | hafuboti.com

That’s right – I took famous songs and wrote parody lyrics to help celebrate the comics nerd in all of us.

The most time-consuming aspect was that I decided to print out the lyrics on ledger paper, cut them out, and then hand-glue the lyrics and ukulele chords to a giant pad of paper. A projector would probably have worked just as well, but it wouldn’t have worked for us during this particular event.

Here’s what it looked like in progress. I should note that I did not write this particular parody – it was written by the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl‘s Ryan North and Erica Henderson:

Comics Parody Singalong Songs | Using a printer, scissors, glue, and paper to share the lyrics with a large crowd | hafuboti.com

This took me many many hours – more than I had estimated. So when FCBD arrived, I had not practiced my ukulele enough to sound passable. Thankfully, I had the incomparably talented Badland Girls to back me up and make me sound so much better. Yay!

Rebecca, Rhea, and Destiny - commemorating a successful Free Comic Book Day together at the Gretna Public Library | hafuboti.com

Aren’t we adorkable?!

We’re also showing off our favorite song: a parody of CCR’s Down on the Corner that’s all about Guardians of the Galaxy. For fun, I tried my hand at vidding for the first time. I hope that you enjoy the results!

Did that make you wanna singalong? Did it make you want to add a singalong element to your next geeky library program?

Then do I have a treat for you!

Go up to this post’s top image and click on it. You’ll be able to download a pdf of ALL of the songs that I parodied, including their ukulele chords!!!!! Yaaaaaay!!!!!

Here’s the song list:

  • Batman Smells (Jingle Bells)
  • Sub-Mariner’s Kingdom (Octopus’s Garden)
  • Odinsleeping (Are You Sleeping)
  • Black Panther Rules and Fights (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Theme (Spider-Man Theme)
  • King of the Sea (Yellow Submarine)
  • On the Milano (Down on the Corner)

I’ll likely add more songs every time FCBD rolls around again, and I’ll be sure to share those with you. If there’s a song or a comic book that you’d like me to tackle, then please let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Comment about it here or send me an email at hafuboti@gmail.com. I can’t guarantee that I’ll turn your idea into reality, but know that I’ll try.

Have a Beautiful Day

I could bore y’all with the origin story of how I got this idea, but I’d rather just get to the good stuff: the sharing!

Look at what I did:

Mister Rogers and friends are featured in our activity tables' window featuring a monthly Fred Rogers quote | hafuboti.com

I created the minimalist yet diverse images and quotes to go in our activity tables’ window. The idea is to swap out the quotes every month for an entire year. I also made sure to include the reverse images so that this display could be accessed from the outside as well so that our entire neighborhood can enjoy it:

Exterior photo of our new Fred Rogers window display that will feature a new quote every month | hafuboti.com

I printed my designs out on card stock, cut them out, then double-sided taped the mirrored images together. Then I trimmed the edges until they looked a bit cleaner. Finally, I used matte contact paper to adhere them to the window.

Now it’s your turn to share Fred Rogers’ wisdom! Feel free to download and use these images and quotes however you’d like. Clicking on an image will give you the option to download the pdf (or a zip file in the case of the 12 quotes) that contains the original images and the reverse images.

A simplified "universal man" version of Fred Rogers free to download, remix, or use in any way | hafuboti.com A set of four diverse neighborhood children available to download, remix, or use in any way | hafuboti.com A second set of four diverse neighborhood children available to download, remix, or use in any way | hafuboti.com

Update: I should have included the font I used in my original post – sorry about that! It’s this one from dafont, and I used a combination of the regular and the swash versions.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. Also, I do love to see how you’re using any of my designs/ideas. Comment here, send me an email, find me on Facebook or Twitter; I’m always thrilled to hear from you!

Partial bust of a minimalist Fred Rogers with the soft blue wording that says "Have a Beautiful Day!" | hafuboti.com

Having a Poke Ball

Our summer programming usually goes through the end of August, and like public librarians everywhere, we’re exhausted once it’s over. Generally in August I try and give our team a break from decorating, and we “reset” the library to a neutral state. Which can be fun since it’s generally when we get the most compliments (usually via the “oh – you didn’t do anything this month – I always love seeing what you all do!” sort of way). But every-once-in-a-while there comes a decor opportunity that we can’t pass by.

It was that case this past August.

The Pokemon Go! phenomena was in full swing, and one of our staff members (::waves hi:: to Ashlynn) was totally hooked. So I asked her if she’d like to put together a Pokemon Go! Crawl event. After I got up from the floor and recovered from her hug tackle, I then asked Natasia to do something in the windows, but not go too crazy. I swear that I have the best Marketing Minion ever – check out what she did:

Three giant pokeballs featured on the front windows at our Children's Library | hafuboti.com

SHAPOW!

Interior picture featuring two enormous pokeballs in our library's front windows | hafuboti.com

These were a HUGE hit with people of all ages. Besides the Pokemon Go! Crawl event (which was also an ENORMOUS hit), we had a Pokemon scavenger hunt irl for kids who didn’t have the ability to access the app for any reason. That was extremely popular as well.

Here’s the supremely and simply cool display Natasia created. We filled it with gaming and computer books.

I also made our cute dragon mascot peek out of a pokeball for some marketing materials:

Our library's dragon mascot peeks out of a pokeball | hafuboti.com

I’m so glad that my team made the effort to do more work than usual post-summer programming. It was a great experience for both patrons and staff alike.

Family Fandom Festival

Have you made it through all of my holiday postings?

If your answer is “yes,” then you know what you should do?

Sparkly pink words of "Treat Yo Self" | hafuboti.com

I know that I will!

While working on all of my holiday posts, I kept debating whether or not to create foundation programs for pop-culture-based celebrations. The thought of writing at least a dozen more holiday posts made me want to cry. But then I had a flash of inspiration:

LET US CELEBRATE THEM, ONE AND ALL!!!

I shall call this program The Family Fandom Festival where all ages and all fandoms can come to the library and celebrate their holiday nerdery together.

Family Fandom Festival for libraries flyer featuring many pop-culture celebrations | hafuboti.com

Click on the above flyer template to get a larger version that you can download and use for your library’s celebration.

This event could be done in so many ways – especially depending on who in your community would enjoy cosplaying during the holiday season (and not just as Antasay Lauscay). Here’s a list of holidays that I selected, but you can definitely find and incorporate more – after all, the more the merrier!

Get some meat lovers pizzas, dust off your Vader helmet, and ring your bells!
*whispers* so much pop cultuuuuure…

DISPLAY & ACTIVITIES

Here are two scavenger hunt sheets that you can also use for a display. Click on the two image collages for a letter-sized version that you can download and print:

Imagery from pop culture holiday events for a scavenger hunt or display | hafuboti.com

Set of images from various pop culture holiday celebrations for a scavenger hunt or library display | hafuboti.com

SONGS

You have so many options here! Whether you have a sing-along portion of the event, or put together a playlist for background music – you’ll be sure to have fun with lots of these:





And in honor of my all-time favorite princess Carrie Fisher:
And there you have it: the final post of Library Holidaypalooza!

Hopefully you learned something (I know that I did) and have been inspired. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll rethink holiday programming at your library as a result. If not? At least I know that I tried.

If you happen to have started at the end of this series, then you should start here, or you can follow the holidays tag.

…OR IS IT?!

(It totally is. I am utterly sick and tired of coming up with holiday programs.)

Deal with it | hafuboti.com