Star Wars Reads Day 2013

For someone like me, <em>Star Wars Reads Day</em> (<em>SWRD</em>) is a thing of beauty since it combines two things that I love: reading and <em>Star Wars</em>. Our library has had special <em>Star Wars</em> events almost every year for the past few years, but with no real literacy tie-in.&nbsp; So when I stumbled across <em>SWRD</em> I…

Batgirl @ Your Library

Batgirl @ Your Library

I wanted to share the image that I created last night and posted to my social media sites, but also give credit as to where the idea came from. I wanted to be sure to credit my main inspiration for this which was seeing this Pinterest pin. The other thing that made a light bulb…

Getting Caught Up

Getting Caught Up

I have really been looking forward to my first Halloween as Creative Director at my library – mainly because I’d have the Children’s Library as a canvas for cleverness. Long-story-short, due to quite a few unexpected circumstances, I had to scrap some of my more ambitious ideas and get it done as quickly as possible….

Literary Agents

<span style=”font-style:inherit;line-height:1.625″>This past summer I took over the 3rd-5th grade book club at our library. &nbsp;I was very excited to take over this group since I hadn’t worked with them for almost two years and the last time it was in a craft-centered storytime. &nbsp;Since then, the poor 3rd-5th grader storytimes had gone through so…

Re”meme”ber This One

<a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/checkout.png”><img class=”alignnone size-large wp-image-765″ src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/checkout.png?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”438″></a> I’ve been trying to be better about keeping track of important dates that might pertain to the library (I made a&nbsp;<em>Pinterest</em> board for it and that’s massively helped me). &nbsp;So I was very aware that September is <em>National Library Card Sign-up Month</em>. &nbsp;However, I hadn’t made…

Window Games

I have a lot of fun trying to decide what to do with our giant front windows that take up most of the face of our building. &nbsp;One idea that I’ve been exploring (once before with the <a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/2013/05/19/i-spy-a-summer…g-picture-find/ ‎” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Epic Picture Find</a>) is having games or activities be the display. &nbsp;So far…

A Rather Graphic Display

<img class=”alignnone wp-image-716″ title=”How a plain plastic sign became fun and dimensional using Photoshop, scissors, some glue, and double-sided tape.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/gra3.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”438″> For a long time we had a very bold and to-the-point purple sign (which tied-in to our purple-tinted labels that indicate our graphic novels). &nbsp;It did its job, especially when we…

Prize Books + Astroturf = Awesomeness

<img class=”alignnone wp-image-694″ title=”How our small library organized and securely put out our Summer Reading Programming Prizes | Hafuboti” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/astroturf.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”582″> A few weeks before we wrapped-up our Summer Reading Program at the Children’s Library, we had the realization that we needed to figure out how to handle the final prizes of the…

Social Medi-yeah-yuh!

Right before our Summer Reading Programming began, my Library Director had a fantastic idea to promote our social media presence: the phrase “<em>Like</em> to <em>Follow</em> Your Library.” &nbsp;I jotted it down on a post-it and knew that I’d come up with something post-SRP. &nbsp;Well, that time had come and I finally threw together our first…

August Window Display

In July, Mary and I (midst our crazy-busy Summer Reading Programming time) brainstormed for quite some time regarding what we should do for library decor in August. &nbsp;Neither one of us wanted to go too crazy, but the front windows had been the same for two months and we were ready for a dramatic change….

One More Thing: A Swing!

<img class=”alignnone wp-image-660″ title=”My dragon puppet demonstrates our fantastic stuffed animal swing. He should totally be a model. Totally.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/dragswing5.jpg?w=584″ alt=”” width=”584″ height=”547″> There was one more cute addition to our large “book tree,” and all the credit for the concept/design/execution was all Mary: a stuffed animal swing! &nbsp;No. &nbsp;It is not a swing made…

Big Summer Reveal

Big Summer Reveal

Finally the last of the paper lanterns arrived and we were able to finish the “centerpiece” of our decor! Several different team members had helped remove the book pages that made up both the Picture Find and the “tree bark.” Mary and I then used painter’s tape and did a “shingling” technique that I learned…

More Summer Fun

More Summer Fun

On Saturday, Mary and I went nuts getting lots of our Summer Reading Program displays up since it’s a new month and this Friday is the kick-off for summer programming. Before we opened, I laid out the large picture find on the floor once more to re-attach any fallen images, as well as add all…