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!

The Third Annual Kitty Café

 

Learn more about how to run a Kitty Cafe event for your own library (plus get some free printables)! | Hafuboti.comIt has been two years since I first shared with y’all about our Kitty Café event, and I thought that now would be a good time to give you some updates and videos. After all, the internet was create as a platform for cat videos.

And since I now have you thinking about cat videos, here’s the video that I made from last year’s Kitty Café:

D’aaaaaaw!!!

Now on to the updates:

  • It is still my favorite event of the year. It helps that I’m a cat person. So if you’re not a cat person, then your mileage may vary.

    Attendance numbers! I totally forgot to share that in my original post, but now I have several years to give you a better idea of our results. We are a small library and having a dozen people show up is a successful event for us. Actually, if anyone shows up we consider it a success because even if it’s one person, then we have a chance to create a wonderful memory for him or her. But I digress.

    The first year we had 142 people attend. The second year we had 80. This year we had 177!

  • This year we finally hit on a room configuration that works. We got rid of every possible hiding spot for the kittens, and the Nebraska Humane Society workers brought an easily set-up cage (without a top) for the kittens to retreat to. It was basically their safe zone. Once the kittens were in there, no one was allowed to try to pet or play with them – you could only watch them. It’s also where the litter, food, and carriers were kept.

  • We also got rid of the cafe tables that we tried last year, and even removed most of the chairs around the room. We kept maybe ten up around the periphery. This was perfect for the more elderly of our visitors and provided a place for coats (even with the air on, there were so many people in the room that it was on the warm side). Having the chairs around the periphery also freed up room for people to form circles on the floor. This allowed us to make sure every group had “kitten time,” and easily move the kittens from group to group.

  • That said, for the first time this year, we had to make people wait to enter the “kitten zone” until people left. Thankfully, wait time was less than ten minutes, and for around a dozen people.

  • Since making it clear that you wouldn’t be able to leave with a kitten from the event, we didn’t get a single complaint.

  • We finally connected with our local coffee shop, and they provided the coffee. It is much better than what we make, and we even ran out this year and had to make an emergency coffee run.

  • We did have one parent complain that we didn’t have non-coffee drinks available. We’ll take that into serious consideration for next year and discuss it as a team, but I have a feeling we might advertise that you can bring your own lidded drinks.

  • I decided to gussy up the decor this year. After all, this was the first time many of our guests were visiting our library, and I wanted to try and convey what a special place they’d come to. I created a new sign to both welcome and say goodbye to our visitors. Click on each image below to download a pdf for you to use:

    The open sign for our library's Kitty Café | Hafuboti.comOur goodbye sign at our library's Kitty Café event | Hafuboti@gmail.com(I printed/cut out and glued a few extra kitten-in-cups pictures and taped them around the open sign to give it more oomph)

I also printed and cut out large cat heads to sprinkle around our meeting room’s walls. Not only were they cute, but they hid a myriad of damage that our walls have suffered throughout the years. I also printed and cut out the words Meow! Meow! Meow! and Kitty Café to post in the room. I thought that this would provide fun backgrounds for photos/videos. Next year I think that I’ll add Gretna Public Library’s to the Kitty Café sign because, well, branding.

And now to my favorite decor: floating kitties in coffee cups!!!!! Squee!!!!! I made a dozen of these images featuring the logos for the Nebraska Humane Society, our local coffee shop, and our library. Then we printed out the front/back images onto cardstock and spent an hour cutting, cutting, and more cutting. And then we took string and glue (I recommend Aileen’s Turbo Tacky Glue), and sandwiched the string between the two cutouts.

When that was done, we hung them up in our entryway so that it immediately set the tone for the event (i.e. that it’s going to be awesome). And after it was over, we gave the Nebraska Humane Society workers their choice of these kitties-in-cups. They were thrilled to hang them up at the shelter (bonus advertising for all!!!).

I bet you’re like “Oh how I wish that I could have kittens in to-go coffee cups at our Kitty Café event.” ::wistfully looks out window::

Do I have great news for you: you can have your own kittens in to-go coffee cups at your Kitty Café event! I went ahead and created/saved the two dozen images for you to add your own logo(s) to!!! Click on the image below to get a zip file full of kitten cuteness in jpeg form:

A dozen kittens in to-go coffee cups (including their reverses) to customize and make into great kitty cafe decor! | Hafuboti.com

Please know that I’d love to hear from you in the comments or via email (hafuboti@gmail.com) if you have any questions or would like to share your experience of having a Kitty Café in your library!

Finally, I’ll leave you with our 2017 Kitty Café video:

Libraries Are For Everyone: Urdu

I received an Urdu translation from the wonderful Muhammad Jamal.
Thank you Muhammad Jamal!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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

Libraries Are For Everyone: Button Templates

Way back at the beginning of posting my Libraries Are For Everyone campaign, a librarian reached out and asked if I could help make round button templates. I utterly failed to make decent templates for her in time (sorry about that!), but I finally did get some made – and then promptly forgot about them.

I was reminded after I announced on social media that I had more square buttons available on Zazzle. I then received several requests for round button templates – and I had them! And because of the popularity of my blank Libraries Are For Everyone templates, I also made a set of blank round button templates. With those you could do something like, oh I dunno, add the name of your summer programming theme. Heh.

Okay – I’ll be quiet now and share the goodies. Enjoy!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone round button template featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank round button template featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE #BuildABetterWorld

Libraries Are For Everyone round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a rose background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a rose background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE #BuildABetterWorld

Libraries Are For Everyone round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on an orange background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on an orange background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE #BuildABetterWorld

Libraries Are For Everyone round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE #BuildABetterWorld

Libraries Are For Everyone round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a green background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a green background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE #BuildABetterWorld

Libraries Are For Everyone round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a blue background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a blue background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE #BuildABetterWorld

Libraries Are For Everyone round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a purple background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank round button template featuring three diverse library patrons on a purple background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE #BuildABetterWorld

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).