Sign After Sign

<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-6163″ src=”″ alt=”Sign After Sign: sharing three behavioral expectation signs that we have at our Children’s Library: age, cell phones, and clothing |” width=”700″ height=”478″>

Oh hai!

To say the very least: my life has ramped up intensity almost to my breaking point. But I miss blogging! But blogging takes time and energy – two things that I have very little of right now! <em>It’s a Catch-Shmoopitty-Shmoo!</em>

But I’ve had a handful of library workers, from Nebraska and beyond, reach out to me about our policies and signs. And when I hear a question regularly or notice a consistent issue, then I know that whatever it is is something that should be addressed one way or another. So after I shared our info with them, I thought that I should share this with&nbsp;<em>you!</em>

I’ve written about my&nbsp;<em><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>seeing the signs</a>&nbsp;</em>previously, and have continued to try and be aware of when a sign may be of help (and not passive-aggressive). We’ve had a pair of signs at our Children’s Library for years now that I never thought to share here. They’re on both of our exterior doors:

<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-6152″ src=”″ alt=”Our library’s age policy in terms of how old you must be before you’re allowed to be in the library alone |” width=”700″ height=”707″>

<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-6153″ src=”″ alt=”Our Children’s Library’s &quot;no cell phone calls&quot; sign that is posted at both entrances/exits |” width=”700″ height=”707″>

It really does help to have these signs posted in order to point them out to either children or their caregivers (though we still get shocked/offended parents who are embarrassed that they got called out on policy violations).

This summer is the first time in about two years where we’ve added to these expectations signs:

<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-6157″ src=”″ alt=”A simple yet punny sign stating our library’s policy on what’s expected in terms of patrons being fully clothed to be in our library |” width=”700″ height=”526″>

I must say that I had a blast looking at baby goat images – especially the ones in pajamas. I ended up cobbling together the image using doggie shoes, vest, and a toddler’s pair of pants.

I had several librarian friends share concerns that some snarky patrons would bring in actual baby goats in clothes, and I was like “OMG DO YOU THINK THEY WILL?! HECK YEAH!!!!!” I’ll be sure to update here if that ever happens (and I really want that to happen).

But back to the point!

I thought y’all might like to see how we post our signs so that you can see how small they are, and how they’re placed. The ones at the front entrance routinely get moved around depending on how we decorate the windows – which I think is a bonus since signs posted and left in the same position become a piece of the background for our regulars.

<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-6158″ src=”″ alt=”How we place some of our behavior expectations/policies at the Children’s Library |” width=”700″ height=”394″>

And yes – you’re getting a sneak peak of what we’ve done with our decor for the summer theme&nbsp;<em>Libraries Rock!</em>


<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-6159″ src=”″ alt=”Enhanced closeup of the behavior expectations/policies near our front entrance at the Children’s Library |” width=”700″ height=”394″>

And our side entrance:

<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-6160″ src=”″ alt=”The side entrance of our Children’s Library where we post the same behavior expectation signs as we have at our front entrance |” width=”700″ height=”498″>

In case you don’t know what the Mister Rogers &amp; Friends mini window display is: <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>check it out</a>.


<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-6161″ src=”″ alt=”Closeup view of our behavior expectations signs on the side entrance of our Children’s Library |” width=”700″ height=”394″>

As always, feel free to use/modify any of the images/signs in this post! And also as always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions however you’re most comfortable (in comments, email, Facebook, etc).

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