Mini-Merch 101 for Libraries

<img class=”alignnone  wp-image-1603″ title=”Super-basic tips for merchandising small library spaces.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/merchoptionthree.jpg?w=584″ alt=”Super-basic tips for merchandising small library spaces | Hafuboti” width=”584″ height=”659″> <em><strong>Warning:</strong></em> the post you are about to read is of an unusual size <em>”P.O.U.S.? – I don’t think they exist.” [immediately attacked by a P.O.U.S.].&nbsp;</em>This is mainly because I love merchandising, and it’s…

LEGO Mania Month

LEGO Mania Month

I’ve been biding my time, pinning lots of pins to Pinterest, jotting down ideas, and basically prepping for having a LEGO library theme for close to a year now. With the release of the wildly popular LEGO Movie I thought that March would be the time to finally strike – and strike we did! Mary…

Luck Be a Dis-play Tonight

<img class=”alignnone  wp-image-1556″ title=”My quirky-fun sign for our Main Library’s main display for March. It could be YOUR quirky-fun sign for your library!” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/lucky-sign.jpg?w=584″ alt=”A quirky-fun and fast library display for March | Hafuboti” width=”584″ height=”553″> Ever have one of those panicky moments of “OMG how is it March already so soooon?!?” Nope – me…

Terrific Twos

<img class=”alignnone  wp-image-1541″ title=”A special jumbo card for our library’s mascot who was born when our Children’s Library was opened.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/bdaycard.jpg?w=584″ alt=”Celebrating our Children’s Library’s Second Birthday! | Hafuboti” width=”584″ height=”515″> Last month our Children’s Library celebrated its second year of being opened. Our library is a rarity in that our City decided that it…

Table Top Time

<img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-5928″ src=”https://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/table-top-time-feature.jpg” alt=”Using simple kraft paper to cover the kids’ activity tables at our library. It saves space while encouraging creativity | hafuboti.com” width=”1224″ height=”835″> Another one of my “projects I’ve been waiting to do” was putting butcher paper down on our kids’ tables. &nbsp;After reading about <a href=”http://mowillemsdoodles.blogspot.com/2013/07/dining-room-dinner-doodles-news.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>how…

The Mashup Is On!

The Mashup Is On!

I’ve contemplated doing this public library logo mashup since when I did the superheroes and had a blast. These were equally fun to do. Please have fun and enjoy them! They’re yours to use and do what you like.

Silly Reflections

For awhile I had been making a mental list of simple ideas that I wanted to introduce to our Children’s Library. &nbsp;I mainly needed to wait until we got our budget for the new fiscal year since most would take a bit of a financial investment. &nbsp;As our new fiscal year came around (in October),…

Random Acts of Librarianness

<img class=”alignnone  wp-image-1497″ title=”Giving Trees at the Library: Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week | Hafuboti” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/closehand.jpg?w=584″ alt=”Giving Trees at the Library: Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week | Hafuboti” width=”584″ height=”756″> About six months back my boss accidentally misquoted our fines totals to me. I was so shocked at the large amount that my…

Hooked on Homophonics

Brittany and I generally brainstorm ideas about our <em>Great Wall-o-Puns</em>. &nbsp;It’s usually a pretty fun session, or I’ll say “think about what we should do next month” and walk away. &nbsp;If we’re sharing ideas together, then&nbsp;it’s the one that puts a sparkle in her eyes that I know we’ll be doing. &nbsp;Sometimes I’ll be at…

Bookworm Love

In January we had one very upset little girl at the library who couldn’t understand why we didn’t have a library scavenger hunt that month. We had done&nbsp;<em><a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/2014/01/16/build-a-band/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Build a Band</a>&nbsp;</em>instead – which did alright in terms of participants, but nowhere as good as our scavenger hunts. &nbsp;She loudly bemoaned this fact…

The Genre Dating Game

<span style=”font-style:inherit;line-height:1.625″>I wish that I could tell you where on earth this idea came from, but I had it suddenly and it came together <em>very</em> quickly. &nbsp;I’m truly hoping that people interact with it (both young adults and adults since we point out that you can choose <em>any</em> books in the library, not just the…

To Display or Not Display

<em><strong>Warning:</strong>&nbsp;I’m going to go on a&nbsp;lengthy-for-me philosophical post in terms&nbsp;of the motivation for the displays that we do at our libraries. &nbsp;This is unusual for me, but thought it worthy enough to bring up here – and thought that others might want to think about this and/or share their thoughts. It began as an aside…

New Year New Genres

New Year New Genres

I was having a bit of a mental block when it came to putting up a display at our Main Library for the new year. I really didn’t want to do the “New Year New You” that we seem to default to every year. I was also concerned that I may not come up with…

The Tale of Loki Rabbit

Behold my silly creation! <img class=”alignnone  wp-image-1390″ title=”The Tale of Loki Rabbit at the Library: a silly mashup cover of a fun story that deserves contemplation (or not). ” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/lokirabbithlo.jpg?w=584″ alt=”My fake cover illustration of The Tale of Loki Rabbit at the Library – riffing on Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” width=”584″ height=”755″>…

Winter Reading Program

Here’s the final grand finale to our <a href=”http://wp.me/p2N1aX-ks” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>Jamuary</em></a> theme, but this particular event will be going on until the middle of April. &nbsp;But let me back up a bit and explain what brought us to do this. After reading <a href=”http://www.fatgirlreading.com/winter-reading-a-program-how-to/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>this</a>&nbsp;by the wonderful <a href=”http://www.fatgirlreading.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Angie…