Being “Part of It”

Being “Part of It”

While working on my classic monster mashup, I could not get the song/idea for a mashup out of my head: Werewolf Bar Mitzvah. After finishing the designs, both the song and idea remained. Now, I’m not a fan of public libraries celebrating holidays. But I couldn’t help myself: between my love of laughter, and Halloween…

Monster Mashup

Monster Mashup

🎵 I did the mash – I did the monster mashup-with-the-library-logo. 🎵 This is the first set of new designs I’ve created in years, and the first I did with Affinity Designer. I’m not sponsored by them or anything – I’m just very pleased with Affinity’s program. This also means that I can send you…

Library Logo Mashups

Library Logo Mashups

Over the years I have created quite a few library logo mashups – many I forgot to share on Hafuboti. Well, I forget no more! With some bonus high-res versions! Having learned how to use Affinity Designer (think cheaper, but just-as-great Adobe Illustrator), I can now create mashups at lightning speeds! Well, maybe not that…

Growing Like Weeds

Growing Like Weeds

There are times where inspiration hits like an anvil – and May 2021’s theme was like that. Basically, we did not change the theme, but instead, adjusted the décor just a bit for a very easy-yet-effective transition. The last time something like this happened was back when we went from a Mondrian theme to LEGOs….

Blown Away

Blown Away

I am in oodles of awe at what Meggie did for April 2021. She had asked if it would be okay to do a Dandy-inspired theme, and I was like “oh heck yeah!” Next thing I know, I’m walking into the office and these dandelions are stashed all around it. I mean, I was blown…

Optical Illusions

Optical Illusions

This theme was inspired by finding some paint sticks sold at a small indie bookstore in the area. I thought they might really be a fun/easy new way to decorate our windows. I’ll save you from wondering: we probably won’t use them again. Tried and True Technique Years ago, Natasia created a blank template of…

It’s Februberry!

It’s Februberry!

Oh my gosh I love this theme. It has it all: puns, cuteness, and an activity for adults! Meggie did an incredible job with this one – you can tell that she was hitting her monthly theme stride. Oh those adorable berries in those crafty baskets. ADORABLE. Can you spot the one blueberry that may…

Have a Shiny New Year

Have a Shiny New Year

During the cold gray days of winter, I almost always request that we do a colorful theme – even better if there’s twirling décor as part of it. As I helped work on the front windows of the previous month, it occurred to me that if we took down the snowflakes and snowman, and add…

2021 Children’s Library Themes

2021 Children’s Library Themes

January – August 2021: Nothing Yep, our Children’s Library remained closed a little extra-long due to the pandemic. Between our teeny-tiny space and bad air circulation, we opted to err on the side of safety for all by keeping the building closed (though we provided curbside service). The library still was decorated with the hearts…

Decemberley 2021

Decemberley 2021

Okay, y’all. This has been a post that I have been SO EXCITED to put together and share. There’s a lot to get to, so let’s get to it! We began prepping for this theme over a month ahead of time because we were creating the paper that we’d be using for the core elements….

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

This is a rather challenging post to write since the theme for October 2021 was in honor of a dear library patron who unexpectedly passed away. They were a huge proponent of early literacy, and were a core part of the family who runs our town’s incredibly popular pumpkin patch. Our team decided we wanted…

Dragonopoly

Dragonopoly

The reading bench display continued the theme. The Monopoly pawns were made of aluminum foil atop black paper, and details on the foil were made with a black Sharpie. Be sure to notice how all of the major signs actually promote our library. The Community Events chest is full of images for our events, Games…

Don’t Tread On What I Read

Don’t Tread On What I Read

If you’re a librarian in the U.S. right now, things have been alarming if not downright dangerous for us and our patrons. And when I feel overwhelmed with emotions, many times it is art that helps me process them. This time, I still feel just as upset as when I began this design. And so…