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).

Libraries Are For Everyone: Epic Rainbow

The fabulous Michele from MiraCosta College in California requested an adjustment to some of my Truly Epic images in several languages. I am so grateful that I said yes because I figured out some sizing/resolution issues that need fixing. I’m happy that I figured it out, but now I need to go back through all of my signs/postings and fix them. It’s about as fun as you would imagine.

Now, without further ado – some colorfully epic versions of various languages:

Black and white version of Libraries Are For Everyone sign with ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Epic Libraries Are For Everyone sign with ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a rose background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Epic Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Farsi with ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a pink background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

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

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

Epic Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Vietnamese with ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a green background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Epic Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Spanish with ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a light green background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Epic Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Mandarin with ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a blue background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Epic Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Russian with ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a purple background | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Epic Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Japanese with ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a violet 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).

Library Icon Variations

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.

The universal library icon with stripes of skin tones showing the wonderful diversity of our patrons. The logo is on a black background. | hafuboti.com

The universal library icon with stripes of skin tones showing the wonderful diversity of our patrons. The logo is on a white background. | hafuboti.com

The universal library icon with stripes of skin tones showing the wonderful diversity of our patrons. The logo is on a blue, white, black, red, yellow, and green background which represents flags from around the world. | hafuboti.com

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 hafuboti@gmail.com.

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