A Great Update

Besides recently giving our library’s community space a muchneeded update, I’ve also been trying to make our office a bit nicer. I share this office with Jennifer, our Children’s Librarian, and it’s pretty much the hub for the rest of our team.

The doorway leading out to the circulation desk has had its share of fun decor over the years. This is a photo taken a few years back:

In an earlier version of this post, I had gone into detail as to what was going on in this photo. But honestly? It was really boring. I wanted this post to be brief, and have a fun Before & After element to it.

So I made it short and sweet.

Without further ado, here’s what it looks like today:

Ta-Da!!!

It feels SO GOOD to declutter and beautify our small office space.

I’m also going to throw in a super-simple tutorial for those who may never given laminating much thought. If you want to take your laminating to a whole new level? Use some tape and some super glue.

A Super-Simple Laminating Tutorial

  • First, I taped one inner-side of the laminating sheet down in order to make it a stable surface.
  • Second, I used the natural straight line created between the wood edging and the laminate top as a guide to line up the letters.
  • Third, I used a bit of super glue on the back of the letters to stick them exactly where I wanted them.
  • Finally, I removed the tape and easily transferred the sheet over and into the laminator.

Ta-Da!!!
Again!!!

Now if you’re reading this and realize that this is where I’m going to leave you, and you’re like, “But wait! I want more details!!! WHY HAVE YOU FORESAKEN ME?!?!?” Sorry about that! Just ask for details on any aspect in the comments, on social media, or by email (hafuboti@gmail.com). I promise: you haven’t been…foresakened? foresook? foresaked? I haven’t abandoned you.

Community Masks for You & EveryLibrary

ETA: AS OF THURSDAY 7-16-20 THE MASKS ARE AGAIN SOLD OUT!

I am so very very very thrilled to announce that RAYGUN and I partnered up to bring my library My Mask Protects My Community design (that’s based on their design), to actual RAYGUN masks!!!!!

Not only that, but RAYGUN is donating 10% of proceeds from this mask’s sales to EveryLibrary!!!!!

My heart is Kermie arm-flailing.

What are you waiting for?! Click on the above image to go and get a mask (or 20) while they last! Plus you can feel great that you’re supporting both a wonderful business and a fabulous organization.

Nebraska: The Library State

Nebraska: The Library State about Rebecca McCorkindale's 2019 NLA Presidential candidacy, dreams, etc | hafuboti.com

Hello to all of the Nebraska library workers who may have decided to check out what Hafuboti is, who I am, or both! I hope that you have a fun time looking around my blog and using anything and everything that I share. And I do mean that I share everything under a Creative Commons license.

For my regular readers I should explain why I am hoping that a lot of Nebraskans are checking out my blog: I am running to be the Nebraska Library Association‘s President in 2019!!! YES I AM EXCITED TOO!!!

I thought everyone might be interested in learning more about my professional goal of making Nebraska The Library State. After all, it’s one of the main reasons that I decided to throw my hat into the ring. This goal came to me one day when I realized that there isn’t a U.S. state known as “The Library State,” and so why can’t my state earn that nickname?

This goal would be a really great way of unifying every single person who works in/for, volunteers at, or oversees any type of library. If we all kept this in the back of our minds while we work, we should be able to elevate our libraries and especially our library service to whole new levels. After all, every library is unique, staffed by vastly diverse workers, and is in a unique community. This sort of goal gives a leeway for it to be achieved in endless ways.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have tourists coming from all over the world to check out our state’s libraries? Or people moving to our state because our school libraries are exceptional? People choosing to apply to our colleges because of the excellent college libraries?! Lawyers from all over jealous of our law libraries?!?!

See what I’m getting at?

It’s pretty awesome once you start thinking about it.

Have my thoughts triggered some ideas of your own? I’d love to hear about them! Feel free to comment below, or send me an email at hafuobti@gmail.com. 

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!!!