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…

Painting Masterpieces

Painting Masterpieces

After Gretna Has Heart was over, it was time for Heba and Meggie’s first library décor creations – and I’m very happy with what they did! One of my favorite things about my job title “Creative Director” is that I get to see others’ creativity grow and delight everyone more and more. The theme was…

2016 Children’s Library Themes

2016 Children’s Library Themes

This is a brief-as-I-can-make-it rundown of our monthly themes at the Children’s Library. If there’s a separate post that goes into more details of the month, then it’ll be linked in its header. Have fun perusing!!! January 2016: Joyful January I spearheaded this month’s theme. I was in love with INside Out, and wanted to…

2020 CHILDREN’S LIBRARY THEMES

2020 CHILDREN’S LIBRARY THEMES

This post features the final work from our lovely Natasia who has moved on to a full-time library job where she doesn’t get to show off her art skills, but she does get things like healthcare and better pay. Ahem. Natasia brought limitless creativity and beauty to our community. Those things will still be a…

Even More Signs

Even More Signs

Okay, so it turned out that my three part new sign series has a fourth part. What can I say? I rebel against…uh, numbers? Along with our directional and informational signs from 2015, I realized that our “rules” signs also needed a refresh. BEFORE: AFTER: In the After picture, the library images behind the children…