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!!!

Leaf Piles @ The Library

Leaf Piles @ the Library | One of the most enjoyed passive programs at our Children's Library which was created as a solution to an annoying problem | Hafuboti@gmail.com

This fall our Children’s Library will be losing it’s large Ash tree that is home to our library dragon. We’re ready with an addendum to our dragon’s story (he’s grown so much that he has to use our entire row of Bradford Pear trees as a home), but we’re even more sad about losing its autumn leaves.

For the first several years that our Children’s Library was opened, we dreaded the approach of fall because it meant an endless battle with the yellow leaves that would blow into our building and just make a mess throughout the neighborhood. It felt futile to keep sweeping leaves back outside, and we didn’t want to bring out the vacuum several times per day.

And then a magical thing happened. It looked a bit like this:

Leaf Piles @ the Library | One of the most enjoyed passive programs at our Children's Library which was created as a solution to an annoying problem | Hafuboti@gmail.com

Ta-da!!!!!!!!

Let me explain: three years ago Ashlynn, one of our awesome team members, decided to take matters into her own hands and grabbed a rake. She made three decent-sized leaf piles on the side yard and told us that she’d keep raking them up in case kids wanted to play in them. This solved the problem of the rogue leaves getting everywhere, and was a HUGE hit with both kids and their parents/caregivers. After all, many of our patrons live in newer housing developments that don’t have mature trees, and although playing in leaf piles is great, it does double lawn work.

Sadly, last year there wasn’t really an autumn. We left work one evening and there were leaves just starting to turn yellow, and we arrived the next day to a bare tree and no leaves in sight. A big freezing storm had rolled through overnight and didn’t leave us enough leaves to even make an ant-sized pile.

But this year? It is AWESOME!!! We decided to do two larger piles, and within hours families were frolicking in our foliage. Heh.

Here’s a few photos for you to see how we do it (there’s a second smaller pile on the other side of the tree – it’s pictured above – you just can’t see it in any of the following pictures). And if you like what you see in the photos, then keep scrolling because I’ll share some resources and more information in case you want to try leaf piles at your library!

Leaf Piles @ the Library | One of the most enjoyed passive programs at our Children's Library which was created as a solution to an annoying problem | Hafuboti@gmail.com

Leaf Piles @ the Library | One of the most enjoyed passive programs at our Children's Library which was created as a solution to an annoying problem | Hafuboti@gmail.com

Leaf Piles @ the Library | One of the most enjoyed passive programs at our Children's Library which was created as a solution to an annoying problem | Hafuboti@gmail.com

Things to know and use:

  • I used this font and this font for the sign. On the leafy font, I used Photoshop to fill in the leaves with fall colors. But if you don’t have access to Photoshop, then you can print out the wording in brown and use colored pencils to fill in the leaves for a similar look.
  • Recently I’ve been more consciously trying to point out early literacy skills in the things that we do. With this sign we hit hard the importance of play. Then on the back we share two songs that can be sung while playing. Hooray for even more early literacy skills!
  • Here’s the front of the sign’s text (minus the legal disclaimer since you’d need to make it your own), and the back of the sign. Feel free to use both or either one, and modify to your heart’s content.
  • The sign itself was one from an older event. I tore up brown butcher paper up, lightly pasted it on the front and back, and then covered the whole thing (but not the bottom) in packing tape. Then I used looped scotch tape to arrange/place the various cut outs and used even more packing tape to secure it and lightly laminate it. It needs to hold up outside, but we do plan on bringing it inside if it gets rainy.
  • We’re going to try and slowly move the leaf pile locations around the yard. The previous time we kept them in the same place and they left a circle of brown grass all throughout the following summer. Oops.
  • We do our best in counting the number of people having fun with our leaves. After all, it’s a bit more active passive program since we do need to go out and rebuild the piles at least once-a-day.
  • At some point I need to start posting about core concepts/ideas that have really helped me as someone in the library world – especially from the management standpoint. I mention this because this is the perfect example of librarian problem-solving at its best. I mean, we face lots of issues and challenges being in such a small space, and I’ve learned to reframe these things as being the perfect chance for creative problem-solving. Which we should excel at. We’re library people.

And that’s about it! Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions either in the comments, or through email (hafuboti@gmail.com).