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…

Readers Assemble!

Readers Assemble!

A while back I made a mash-up logo with Batgirl and the ALA public library logo. It was a blast to do, and ever since then I’ve wanted to do more super heroes (even though they don’t have the awesome library tie-in that Batgirl has). It took one awesome stranger tweeting about how much she…

Build a Band

We were looking for another passive program to have at our library for <a href=”http://wp.me/p2N1aX-ks” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Jamuary</a>, when we came across <a href=”http://lisaslibraryland.blogspot.com/2013/12/roll-gingerbread-man.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>this</a>&nbsp;on <em>Pinterest</em>. &nbsp;<em>Pinterest&nbsp;</em>is sort of the best, amiright? &nbsp;Anywho, I could envision us doing a music version of this and mentioned it to Brittany who I’d put in charge…

Jamuary @ the Library

Back in late November/early December, we set about the task of brainstorming ideas for January at the Children’s Library. &nbsp;Brittany suggested “Jamuary,” and I liked it right away, but it really didn’t knock my socks off. &nbsp;BUT then all sorts of stars aligned and&nbsp;<em>Jamuary&nbsp;</em>has been one of the funnest themes we’ve had so far. <img…

New Year’s Book Resolutions

<img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-1239″ title=”Encouraging kids to make reading resolutions for 2014 | Hafuboti.com” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/nby-header.jpg” alt=”It’s party time at the library – where I try and encourage some life-long reading habits using bright colors.” width=”437″ height=”273″> A relatively popular program that is entering its third year at our library is a “New Year’s at Noon”…

My Almost Insta-Flannel Board

<img class=”alignnone  wp-image-1002″ title=”Converting an old and unused picture frame into a really shnazzy felt board worthy of hanging on your wall! | Hafuboti.com” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/boid-is-the-woid.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”778″> Ever since I found a love of felt <em>(<a href=”http://wp.me/p2N1aX-fM” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>see here</a>)</em>, I’ve been wanting to invest in a flannel board. &nbsp;However, we’ll hopefully be…

Oh No NaNoWriMo

Well, I finally had&nbsp;a quasi-epic fail in terms of putting together a crafty prop for a display.&nbsp; I had <a href=”http://rachelmoani.com/?p=193″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>this</a>, by the amazing <a href=”http://rachelmoani.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Rachel Moani</a>,&nbsp;as my inspiration.&nbsp; For awhile I’ve wanted to try my hand at making a big book like Moani’s, and&nbsp;the perfect&nbsp;excuse was <a href=”http://nanowrimo.org/”…

It’s Gnomevember!

It’s Gnomevember!

As we started planning what we wanted to do in November (in early October), I had planned on trying to keep it as simple as possible. I should really know better. I gave Mary the task of figuring out something to do in terms of décor for the library. The next day she commented that…

A Gorey Display

With us being very short-staffed, having wrapped up&nbsp;<a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/2013/10/07/star-wars-reads-day-2013/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>Star Wars Reads Day</em></a>, and needing to take over four weekly ongoing storytimes over the next month or so, I needed to get a quick and dramatic display up at our Main Library. I came up with the concept of having it be a…