Three Summer Savers

Hafuboti shares three of her library's best time and stress-savers during the hectic summer months | Hafuboti.com

In the almost-decade that I’ve worked at a public library (how the heckie-pooh did that happen?!), I can unequivocally state that summers are, at their mildest, hectic. And over time, our Children’s Library team has come up with a couple of simple time-savers/stress-reducers that I thought I should share to hopefully help someone else out there.

1. SKIP THE DISPLAYS

A cat freaks out and has a very wordy existential crisis. | Hafuboti.com

This evolved from a tip that I learned from this ALSC blog post by Abby Johnson many years ago (and which I implemented at our library). We have one spot in our Children’s Library where we make themed displays throughout the year – except in June and July. This year we even skipped having a sign that mentions in a theme-related way that these are popular books in our community. Did it affect our circulation of those items? No. Have patrons complained that the don’t get the concept? No.

And hey – if you’re a larger library that has plenty of titles to fill up summer-themed displays? Then go for it! For us, it takes one family to check out all of the theme-related books in our collection, therefore we’d rather keep the space dynamic with items almost constantly moving. It also majorly helps us out on shelving since we throw whatever we grab up into the empty spots and it looks great. Hooray for face-outs!!!

If you try this then you may be amazed at how many people think that you carefully curate the just-returned items. It’s also a lot of fun to tell a patron who compliments these “displays” that it’s actually the community and patrons like her who are the designers.

2. PUSH BACK THE BOOKS

Does Hafuboti regret this really bad Salt 'n Pepa pun? No. No she does not. | Hafuboti.com

If your library happens to keep its books flushed, then this tip is for you. If your library doesn’t do this, then you’re only getting two tips from this post. ::trombone wah-wah:: Now I’ve heard other terms for the practice of bringing the books’ spines up to the edge of the shelf, but “flushing” is what I learned when I worked at a bookstore years ago, and that’s what’s stuck with me.

Within a few months of working at my library, I came to the conclusion that flushing DVDs was a Sisyphean task. I asked our Director if we could just push back all of the DVDs to save time while also keeping the shelves looking neat and orderly. Thankfully he said yes. And so for years we have enjoyed not flushing that section.

Cut to a few years ago: keeping items flush at the Children’s Library can be a weekly challenge to say the least, but in the summertime it felt nearly impossible. That’s when I was like, “Wait. We’ve been here before.” And after discussing the pros and cons (the conniest being that it makes the spines a little less easy to see), we checked with our Director and she said to go for it!

Now every year on the last day of school, we go through and joyfully push back all of the Junior Fiction, Early Reader Fiction, and Junior Graphic Novels.

And when school’s back in session (or even a little before that depending on how busy it is or isn’t), we go back to flushing.

3. GET THOSE ITEMS OUT THERE

As ALSC puts it: "Babies Need Books Every Day." Don't upset the baby. | Hafuboti.com

Sometimes we run out of space on our reshelving cart(s), and then items start to pile up on our back counter. The last time this majorly happened to us was four years ago during the summer. I came up with this improvisation back then, and it wasn’t until this year that we needed to do it again (and for more sections than just our Picture Books).

I created and printed out a few signs, then put the ready-to-be-shelved items on top of the lower bookcases, and finally attached the signs to the bookends that were holding up the books. This year we even needed to do this in the movie section! Here’s a photo depicting (and recreating) what I’m trying to explain:

It's a simple sign with an emoji letting library patrons know that their library is use. Like, a lot. | Hafuboti.com

You’d be surprised at how many of those items would check out – especially in the Picture Book section. And once we had more than a few minutes of quiet, we went and shelved those items like the wind. We do have a very part time library page, but she has to rotate between our two library buildings. If we had never gotten a quiet time for us to get the excess shelved, then at least we would have helped her in terms of getting the items to the correct areas for her next shift at our library.

(And in the above picture you can also see our Junior Fiction Books shoved back.)

Anywho!

Here’s a set of the signs I created for you to download and print if/when you need them. It should hopefully save you some time if you’re rushing around trying to get things done. Click on each image to get a non-logo’d version of the respective sign.

You know you want this sign for your popular library and its books. Get it at Hafuboti.com. For free. | Hafuboti.com You know you want this sign for your popular library and its movies. Get it at Hafuboti.com. For free. | Hafuboti.com

And there you have it: three of our tips!

Do you have any tips or tricks that you’d like to share? Feel free to comment even if it seems like something obvious. You never know what will be a revelation to someone out there. I mean, looking back it seems so obvious that we should shove back our often shoved-back books just like we do with our DVDs. You just never know.

Epic Rainbow LAFE

A new Rainbow Libraries Are For Everyone design featuring 90 languages. Available at both Etsy (as a digital file), and Society6 (as wall art) | #LAFE Hafuboti.com

I know that I’ve been posting a lot lately, but it feels like my creative fire has reignited after a long time of smoke and ashes. Overall, I’m pretty optimistic that I’ll return to my more “normal” blogging here very soon. Until then, hopefully this will be the last post about me selling things for awhile. Thank you all for sticking with me – it means the world to me.

Yesterday a school librarian in a Facebook group requested this, and I loved the idea so much that I went to work on it immediately. And a day later, here it is! A rainbow version of Libraries Are For Everyone featuring 90 languages!!! 

A new Rainbow Libraries Are For Everyone design featuring 90 languages. Available at both Etsy (as a digital file), and Society6 (as wall art) | #LAFE Hafuboti.com

You can either get a digital file for $10 at my Etsy shop, or a high quality physical version (poster, art print, canvas) for various prices at my Society6 shop.

For those of you who are curious, the 90 languages are in alphabetical order by language name. And if you’re even more curious, here’s a list of those languages:

Afaan Oromo, Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, American Sign Language (ASL), Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chickasaw, Chinese, Cree, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dine Bizaad, Dutch, Esperanto, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hopi, Hul’qumi’num’, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Karen, Khmer, Kiksht/Wasq’u, Kinyarwanda, Klingon, Korean, Kurdish, Latin, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marathi, Marshallese, Nepalese, Norwegian, Ojibwe, Oriya, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sepedi, Serbian, Sinhalese, SiSwati, Somali, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Sugs’tun, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamazight, Tamil, Teluga, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukranian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Wolof, Wôpanâak, Xhosa, and Zulu.

Rainbow LAFE

Hafuboti's Etsy shop for her digital artwork to help support her blog | Hafuboti.com

Recently I received a wave of requests for what I call the Rainbow version of my Libraries Are For Everyone design. This was something that I created to try and generate some revenue to help offset the cost of keeping my blog ad-free. Previously, you could only get the English rainbow version at my Society6 shop. But yesterday it occurred to me that I could use my dormant Etsy shop to sell the digital file. And why not have more languages available too?!

So that’s what I’ve done. I chose a handful of languages to get the rainbow treatment, and have the high-res digital files for sale at $5 each.

If you would like me to create and upload any other language, then don’t hesitate to ask here in the comments, email me at hafuboti@gmail.com, or through the Etsy convo system. For now I’m only posting a core dozen since it costs money to post products through Etsy and I’m trying to be as economical as possible.

And yes, if you download the image then you can use or modify it however you’d like.

Have a rainbow-filled day!!!

Rainbow Libraries Are For Everyone (LAFE) high-res jpegs are available for $5 each at Hafuboti's Etsy shop | Hafuboti.com

LAFE: Mennonite Representation

Around six months ago, a librarian in Ontario named Laurel wrote me a lovely email. In it, she requested that I design two new figures in my LAFE designs: two Mennonite women. One woman would be a more traditional Amish/Mennonite woman, and the other would be what is called Low German. After doing some research, I came up with two versions – and now I share them with you all.

Thank you, Laurel, for both reaching out and being incredibly patient with me.

Below you will find individual pngs of the new figures, English LAFE signs with these new characters added, and German LAFE signs with these new characters added.

An Amish or Mennonite woman holds a jar of preserved peaches | Hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

 

A Low German Mennonite woman holds a music note | Hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

A variation on the Libraries Are For Everyone sign featuring ten diverse library patrons on a yellow background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

A variation on the Libraries Are For Everyone sign featuring three diverse library patrons on an oragne background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

A variation on the Libraries Are For Everyone sign featuring three diverse library patrons on a purple background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

A variation on the Libraries Are For Everyone sign featuring three diverse library patrons on a rose background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

A variation on the Libraries Are For Everyone sign featuring three diverse library patrons on a yellow background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

A variation on the Libraries Are For Everyone sign featuring three diverse library patrons on a blue background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.comA variation on the Libraries Are For Everyone sign featuring three diverse library patrons on a green background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

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

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

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

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

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

Libraries Are For Everyone in German featuring ten diverse library patrons on a yellow background #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1 | Hafuboti.com

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).

Librarians Can Do It!

Last year I had the honor of being the keynote speaker for the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium – it’s a great conference that if you get a chance to attend, then please do! Not only did I keynote, but they asked if I would design a logo for their theme of Advance, Challenge, Transform. After a failed initial design, the conference committee suggested that I go back to what I do best. And I did!
And here’s the result:

Librarians Can Do It universal library logo design that riffs on the famous WWII poster | Hafuboti.com

I shared this image on my social media accounts, and there were requests for merchandise, so I went ahead and added this design to my Society6 shop.

Three examples of the Librarians Can Do It merchandise in Hafuboti's Society6 shop | Hafuboti.com

And as with anything that I post on my blog, it’s under a Creative Commons license. Beyond that, I also ask as an artist that you do not credit me on my minimalist designs (like this one). I feel that it takes away from the impact of the image, and that’s the most important thing to me.

Now go do all the things!!!