Go for the Gold

Every-once-in-a-while my team gets stumped on decor for a theme. We throw out ideas and then we throw out those ideas. And nothing goes “ding” like you hope it will. It was like that for this past summer’s CSLP theme: On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!

We talked about book characters, giant foam hands, and lots of other random things. I love a good brainstorming session, but this one felt like a struggle.

Side Note: I don’t know that I ever have mentioned this before, but I made a promise to our Children’s Librarian that none of our displays would ever have the term “a good book” in it. Like our previous Get Caught Up in a Good Book theme. It’s just a pet peeve of hers (and once you notice it, you notice that it is EVERYWHERE in the library world – which isn’t a bad thing at all – it works and gets the job done. It’s just a pet peeve of hers and hey, I usually like being different so that all works out).

Anywho.

It was our Children’s Librarian who finally suggested the idea that sparked excitement for summer decorating: what about gold medals? After all, we had used gold reading medals to promote our Readathon event, as well as in promoting our summer programming.

Natasia took the idea and ran with it. She bought shiny gold poster board (I didn’t know that existed!!!), some bendy mesh red white and blue ribbon, and then cut out words and images using my Silhouette.

Behold Natasia Magic (we totally should trademark “Natasia Magic”):

Gretna Children's Library's 2016 Summer Reading gold medal front windows. On your mark, get set...read! | Hafuboti.com

These were incredibly striking, and you could tell that the kids thought that they were awesome. Everything on them shimmered except for the black – and that made the black really pop.

The favorite part of this for quite a few kids (who seemed entranced by this) was how Natasia handled the medal on/above the door. It’s in three pieces so that the door can open freely. Therefore, when the kids came in, many of them would be looking up to see if the ribbon stretched – but it didn’t and it was like magic to them.

Here’s a close-up:

On your mark, get set...read! medal at the Chldren's Library's front door | Hafuboti.com

::whispers:: Natasia Magiiiiic…

Oversized gold medals along GCL's long wall. #1 Reader. Speed Reader, and Marathon Reader | Hafuboti.com

She continued the theme inside on our long wall. These made me smile several times a day during the summer. Shiny or twirly – or even better shiny AND twirly – things tend to have a positive effect on me.

Ashlynn and Shelby (it was Shelby’s final display before heading off to college ::sniffle::) made the reading bench display. These are books that have recently been returned to our library – which saves us time on reshelving during the summer months. Woohoo! We also reused the inflatable baseballs that were the previous October’s baseball bats. We hung most of them using fishing line, but the ones in the top part of the windows were just thrown up there (which yes, that was fun):

"Books that Are a Hit" reading bench display along with inflatable baseballs | Hafuboti.com

Finally, I got in on more of the fun by making another passive name game on our whiteboard. I wanted it to be short ‘n sweet in terms of both creating it and playing it . I also wanted to surprise our boss with it since she’s a huge WWE fan:

Very simple "find your wrestler name" passive game at Gretna Public Library | Hafuboti.com

Fun Fact: We posted this picture on our Facebook page, and we counted those who replied with their wrestler names as participants in this passive program. Woot!

The summer’s scavenger hunt was created by several team members, and it involved finding several images of sports balls hidden throughout the library. If you look back at the reading bench display, then you can see the basketball “hidden” on our clock.

And this brings me to a slight change on my blog. It might not even be noticeable, but I’m aware of it. As my team has strengthened, and I now have a Marketing Minion (i.e. the magical Natasia), my focus at the library has shifted. Therefore, you won’t find as many passive program printables here.

I’ll write more about that later, but I wanted to say that if there’s something that I write about or picture on my blog and you’d like more information and/or anything I might be able to send your way – then please just ask! Post a comment here or send me an email at hafuboti@gmail.com. I seriously love to get reader emails and am ridonkulously excited to help fellow librarians out!

Our Summer Reading Program

For Bryce’s Summer Reading Hype Videos I ended up doing two videos. I did this mainly because I had two ideas that I loved, and I could’t decide between them. The first idea was my TRIP Tips video, but the second was much more ambitious. It took learning some new ukulele, animation, and sound mixing skills. Enjoy!
 CLICK HERE if you’d like to have the lyrics and ukulele chords for this song. And yes, it’s a major earworm courtesy of Ringo Starr’s Octopus’ Garden. Have I mentioned that I’m a Beatles fan? Cuz I totally am.

Be sure to watch all of the videos that other librarian bloggers have created for this project. Bryce has been sharing these videos on her blog by updating this post every week. They are all awesome!

Summer Reading Party

Back in April a group of amazing librarians and I received an unexpected invitation from Bryce of Bryce Don’t Play. She was wanting to know if we’d be willing to put together short videos for her team members out in the Washington County Collaborative Library System (WCCLS for short – be sure to check out their fabulous series featuring P.A.C. Cat – I’m totally inspired to do something similar when we upgrade our catalog system this fall). The goal was to make our videos hype videos to help inspire them throughout the summer season.

Lemme see…create a fun video for librarians? I could maaaaaaaybe possibly do that. Heh.

I had ideas for several videos, and Bryce graciously let me make more than one. But today I’m sharing the first since Bryce is sharing one video per week. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen most of the other participants’ videos – and I am utterly thrilled to be a part of such an inspiring and talented group of librarians – y’all are gonna be in for some real treats.

Okay, with out further ado, here’s my Summer T.R.I.P. Tips video:

I know what you’re thinking: gosh, Rebecca made that look so easy – she’s a video rock star! (heh) To help dispel your sweet but very misguided belief, I put together a blooper reel from just a few of the many takes it took me to take this video to the next level.

Enjoy!

To answer your main question that I suspect you have: I had never met those little boys before I asked their mom (whom I also didn’t know) if we could videotape me tripping them. I am so glad that the first family I asked readily agreed! I don’t think my blood pressure could’ve handled asking more moms or dads.

I also created a Radioactive Man library mashup image (seen very briefly in the video) that I wanted to share here:

And there you have it! The first in a virtual summer librarian par-tay!

Totes Braggin’

I thought that you all might enjoy seeing what our Young Adult Librarian came up with for his FIRST SUMMER READING PROGRAM EVER!!!!!

Gretna Public Library's new Teen Summer Reading Program brochure created by the talented Dustan ArcherI’m incredibly proud of his creation, and just had to brag about him with y’all.

You can learn more about this super-cool program over at Teen Services Underground where he’s an agent (brag). PLUS, he also has the same sharing heart that I do, and so you can download his Publisher files at the link at the bottom of his article.

/end brag

In a Flash!

Back when I posted My Hero(es)the amazing Angie from Fat Girl, Reading tweeted something along the lines of “could you imagine if there was a kid in a wheelchair?” Yep, I could. It just took Bruce and I longer to work on than anticipated, but hopefully we have her done in time for most summer marketing.

I wanted a super-confident girl who, when someone makes a stupid comment about her loving The Flash will remind them that “you can’t run 74 miles per second either.”

I’ve gone ahead and added her to my original post, so if you’ve bookmarked that, then know you don’t need a whole new bookmark. And here’s the b&w version for coloring sheets, or anything else you can think of:

Remember to click on either above image to get a much bigger version.

And I must give yet another whole-hearted thank you to Angie for her suggestion. THANK YOU!!!!!