Both You and Your Library Care

Keeping a small board book with a "GPL Cares" sticker on the back cover in my purse at all times for library advocacy and outreach (while being a good human being). | hafuboti.com

I know that this idea is not super-original, but it’s worth sharing and reconsidering if you’ve come across it from elsewhere. For me it was the result of two things: something that I had done, and something that I had read.

DONE: When I was attending the Nevada Library Association’s conference in October 2016, I was having breakfast with some amazing Storytime Underground Joint Chiefs when an adorable little girl in a booth next to ours started playing peekaboo with us. We explained to the parents that we were Children’s Librarians mainly to keep them from seeking security to remove us from the restaurant.

Long story short – I surprised the girl during a “peek” moment by holding up one of the handheld fans I carry since some of my medications can raise my body temperature. The little girl was enamored. When the parents offered to pay me for the fan, I refused and told them “take your girl to one of your library’s storytimes – I’ll consider that payment.” It was a really cool experience for me – and one of my many cherished memories from that trip.

READ: Somewhere online I read a post or comment from a Children’s Librarian who was telling the story of a toddler who was melting down at a restaurant. She said that as a Children’s Librarian she almost always keeps free books in her car, so she went out, grabbed one, and gave it to the child who was instantly enraptured with it. Awesome Librarian Act of Random Kindness Achievement unlocked!

THE RESULT: I was like Hey! I should totally carry around a board book with me at all times to give away to a child! And I did just that. I took one of the smaller board books that we were using for our GPL Cares campaign (where we donate donated books to local dentists’, doctors’, and veterinarians’ offices) and put it in my purse. And there it stayed for months – mostly forgotten about.

Donated books that we put a red "GPL Cares" stickers on to donate to area offices | hafuboti.com

But last week the time finally came for me to give out my first book, and I almost completely missed the opportunity.

I was walking around the Nebraska State Capitol building after having met with my Senator for our Advocacy Day. I was pretty jubilant that I’d found my way around, had a good meeting, and wasn’t having a fibro flare.  I was so caught up in myself that I walked right on by a mom, dad, and child who were having a rough day. The toddler was screaming while the mom tried to get a warm jacket on him – and lemme tell you what: that building is a giant echo chamber.

I am ashamed to say that I kept going past them for about a yard, but then it hit me that I had a book with me that might help them out. I sucked up my courage (believe it or not – I’m a super shy introvert IRL), and approached the family. I said, “Hi, I’m a Children’s Librarian – is there anything I can do to help?” (yes, I know I’m not a Children’s Librarian, but it was easier saying that than what my real job title is). The mom said, “Oh no thanks,  he’s late for his nap and is not happy about it.” I pulled out my book and showed it to the toddler and there wasn’t even a hesitation – he reached for it IMMEDIATELY. The mom said that they have that book at home (yay!), and so I told her that she could pass this one on.

Let me tell you, the full minute I had walking down the long hallway where there wasn’t any shrieking was one of my favorite parts of the day (and there were lots of good things that happened that day). Yes, the kid returned to fuss-mode, but I like to think that it wasn’t quite as loud as it had been. And maybe I made the parents consider going to a library and bringing their child – that librarians care and have good resources for them.

All that might be wishful thinking, but I believe that you never know how little things can impact the life or lives of those around you. So why not grab a book (stickers are optional since they are potential choking hazards), keep it in a bag you carry, and be ready to swoop in and blow a stranger’s mind? It’s a pretty great feeling.

#IMLSBOOKDROP Campaign

I was making a corny joke to my Director, as I am wont to do, when I realized that my corny joke could make a real impact in the world. The basic gist was that I did a “book drop” instead of a “mic drop.” And this is what we did with that idea:

My idea is to make this a down-and-dirty campaign to help #saveIMLS. State a fact or tell a brief story about how IMLS impacts you, your library, or your community. Slap a #BOOKDROP at the end, and then share. It’s that simple.

I had to play around a bit on Windows Movie Maker to figure out how to make the hashtag and the public domain sound effect work – so if you have any questions about how to make a video of your own, then feel free to ask in the comments or send me an email at hafuboti@gmail.com.

ETA: Wranting Writer suggested that TAB groups would have fun making their own #IMLSBOOKDROP videos – that’s such a great idea!!!
ETA2: I just realized that there already is a different sort of #bookdrop campaign out there, so you can still have #BOOKDROP in your video, but you should mark it as #IMLSBOOKDROP in order to keep these two things separate. I’ve tweaked my post to reflect this change.

Now go spread the word about how libraries impact lives and why IMLS matters!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone: Epic Templates

Okay, so in a previous post I mentioned emailing me for blank templates. I received a request within a few minutes of publishing the post, and that’s when I realized that there was a better way: share the templates here!

Feel free to use the free font that I used, or use your library’s preferred font – it’s all good.

Have fun!!!!!

Blank rose Epic Libraries Are For Everyone template | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank orange Epic Libraries Are For Everyone template | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank yellow Epic Libraries Are For Everyone template | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank green Epic Libraries Are For Everyone template | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank blue Epic Libraries Are For Everyone template | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank purple Epic Libraries Are For Everyone template | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

Blank white Epic Libraries Are For Everyone template | hafuboti.com #LibrariesR4Every1 #LAFE

And yes, just like all of my other work on this here blog: YOU CAN USE, MODIFY, REMIX, AND EVEN USE MY ART FOR FUNDRAISING.

And also, just like on all of my minimalist work: YOU SHOULD NOT PUT MY NAME OR BUSINESS NAME ON IT.

If your art/marketing department or local printer needs written permission from me, then send me an email at hafuboti@gmail.com.

Welcoming Diversity

The lovely Lucila Lontajo, a Library Technician at Westwood Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, sent me a kind request for a variation on my Libraries Are For Everyone signs: please make a set of Welcome signs.

BLAMMO! So mote it be.

If you’re interested in adding languages from your community, then check out this post that contains templates. Whether in Word, Publisher, Canva, or any other photo editor – you should be able to add the text on top of the image using whatever color(s) you’d like.

Thank you, Lucila, for providing me with all of these translations – especially the ones from First Nations!!!

EnglishRose welcome sign in English featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

 OjibweOrange welcome sign in Ojibwe featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

 DeneYellow welcome sign in Dene featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

Cree

Green welcome sign in Cree featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

 MichifBlue welcome sign in Michif featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

 Dakota Purple welcome sign in Dakota featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

 Inuktitut Rose welcome sign in Inuktitut featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

 FrenchOrange welcome sign in French featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

Russian

Yellow welcome sign in corrected Russian featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

 ChineseGreen welcome sign in Chinese featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

 FilipinoBlue welcome sign in Filipino featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

 English (B&W)White with black lettering welcome sign in English featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes | hafuboti.com

Just like all of my art on this blog, it is free for you to use, share, modify, remix, etc. PLUS, with my minimalist work, I ask that you do NOT put my name on it (either my legal or business name). Feel free to email me if you have any questions about this (or anything else) at hafuboti@gmail.com.

Libraries Are For Everyone

One of the bestest-best things that has happened as a result of having this blog is that I get to connect with librarians from all over the world. It’s just flat-out awesome. And sometimes those connections lead to a collaboration like what just recently happened with Julie Syler and Ashley Jones from the Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas. They were preparing for National Library Legislative Day, and wanted to use my images. One thing led to another and we ended up making some pretty sharp-looking images for the occasion. (coughHUMBLEBRAGcoughcough)

Because we all love to share, we decided to post our creations here for anyone/everyone to use!

Without further ado – click on, download, and use any or all of the following images:

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a rose background | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with an orange background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a yellow background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a green background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a blue background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a purple background - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Libraries Are For Everyone sign with a yellow background with 10 diverse representations of library patrons - can be used for National Library Legislative Day or Build a Better World 2017 CSLP theme OR as a profile picture | hafuboti.com

Get an updated version of the above sign (with global variety) by following this link.

There you have it: something that I would not have done if someone hadn’t reached out to me!  (hint-hint eyebrow wiggle)

I’d love to know if you or your library end up using any or all of these signs either in the comments here, or by emailing me at hafuboti@gmail.com. Otherwise, I just plan on making high-pitched EEP! noises if/when I come across one of these in the wild (like as a profile pic or some such thing).

OTHER LANGUAGES AVAILABLE:
Spanish
Czech
Russian
Arabic
French
Japanese
Dutch
German
Icelandic
Malay
Vietnamese
Hmong
Mandarin
Georgian
Bengali
Swedish
Tamil
Braille
Portuguese
American Sign Language
Armenian
Wolof
Greek
Diné Bizaad
Hindi
Telugu
Italian
Polish
Malayalam
Turkish
Serbian
Korean
Thai
Danish
Hebrew
Belarusian
Basque
Farsi
Klingon
Irish Gaeilge
Chinese
Latin
Amharic
Hatian Creole
Somali
Afaan Oromo
Esperanto
Nepalese
Khmer
Hungarian
Sugs’tun
Afrikaans
Zulu
SiSwati
Obijwe
Xhosa
Southern Sotho
Sepedi
Karen
Bulgarian

 

THE FREE FONT THAT I USED

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).