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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Dungeons and Nouns

Dungeons and Nouns

One of the things that has gotten me through the past couple of rough years has been my gaming group. We are a mixture of theater nerds, nerd-nerds, and professional comedians/improvisers. Having such a neat and supportive group of friends gave me the courage to create and run a few RPG tabletop games. In this…

#LAFE Vectors

#LAFE Vectors

Last year, Jonathan, the Scholarly Communications and Digital Librarian at The University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, sent a very kind email asking about vector versions of my #LAFE designs. We had a nice email exchange – though I was unable to help since I was still a novice at vector…

The Rainbow Sower

The Rainbow Sower

A lot has been going on in Nebraska and the US involving censorship of all sorts. Especially in the library-world. And as a white cisgender heteronormative LGBTQ+ ally – I am angry. And as a library worker – I am angry. And I’m someone who has struggled with being verbally abusive throughout my life. If…

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…

Storytimepalooza!

Storytimepalooza!

While going through thousands of files in my quest to rebuild my blog, I came across one of the very first images that I created when I began overseeing our Children’s Library in 2013. This was either one of my earliest Photoshopped images, or it was built with either Word or Publisher. Yes, you can…

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…

Cat Fans

Cat Fans

Before last year’s Kitty Café I had an idea. You see, it tends to get pretty hot in our small meeting room during this event, even if we pump up the A/C beforehand. So it’d be nice to have fans to give to people. And, in the way my mind works, I came up with…