Funny story: apparently neither Natasia nor I remembered to take pictures of her great February decor in both 2017 and 2018! Okay, not so funny, but more…er, adorable?
So I’ll keep this short ‘n sweet.
What survives from 2017 is the prep for February’s window and the scavenger hunt. The theme was Toss Kindness Like Confetti.
The month prior we had this set out at our circulation desk:
We ended up with less hearts than we’d hoped – the biggest reason being that kids wanted to write EVERY book, movie, and character that they liked on the front and back of a single heart. In the end we had to supplement the planned design with blank hearts. The design was a giant green heart made up of these smaller hearts.
Why green? you may ask. Well, it’s our city’s official color (Gretna green).
Then, for the scavenger hunt:
And here are the pieces:
Click on the sign and/or the hearts’ images to get logo-free jpegs for you to use.
And there you have it! The remnants of our previous two Februaries.
It has been two years since I first shared with y’all about our Kitty Café event, and I thought that now would be a good time to give you some updates and videos. After all, the internet was create as a platform for cat videos.
And since I now have you thinking about cat videos, here’s the video that I made from last year’s Kitty Café:
Now on to the updates:
I also printed and cut out large cat heads to sprinkle around our meeting room’s walls. Not only were they cute, but they hid a myriad of damage that our walls have suffered throughout the years. I also printed and cut out the words Meow! Meow! Meow! and Kitty Café to post in the room. I thought that this would provide fun backgrounds for photos/videos. Next year I think that I’ll add Gretna Public Library’s to the Kitty Café sign because, well, branding.
And now to my favorite decor: floating kitties in coffee cups!!!!! Squee!!!!! I made a dozen of these images featuring the logos for the Nebraska Humane Society, our local coffee shop, and our library. Then we printed out the front/back images onto cardstock and spent an hour cutting, cutting, and more cutting. And then we took string and glue (I recommend Aileen’s Turbo Tacky Glue), and sandwiched the string between the two cutouts.
When that was done, we hung them up in our entryway so that it immediately set the tone for the event (i.e. that it’s going to be awesome). And after it was over, we gave the Nebraska Humane Society workers their choice of these kitties-in-cups. They were thrilled to hang them up at the shelter (bonus advertising for all!!!).
I bet you’re like “Oh how I wish that I could have kittens in to-go coffee cups at our Kitty Café event.” ::wistfully looks out window::
Do I have great news for you: you can have your own kittens in to-go coffee cups at your Kitty Café event! I went ahead and created/saved the two dozen images for you to add your own logo(s) to!!! Click on the image below to get a zip file full of kitten cuteness in jpeg form:
Please know that I’d love to hear from you in the comments or via email (email@example.com) if you have any questions or would like to share your experience of having a Kitty Café in your library!
Finally, I’ll leave you with our 2017 Kitty Café video:
I received an Urdu translation from the wonderful Muhammad Jamal.
Thank you Muhammad Jamal!!!
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).
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:
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:
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.