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….

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….

Dry Erase Reserve Slips

Dry Erase Reserve Slips

Some of you may recognize this idea as I shared it in the Hafuboti eNewsletter vol. 4 – it got such a good response that I felt it should be shared with a wider audience. It’s one of those things that, having been at a small library for over a decade now, was so shockingly…

Book End Cozy Redux

Book End Cozy Redux

This is the third, and final, sign revamp post. Here is part one and part two in case you missed them. As I went to look for my post on what I call “book end cozies,” I realized that my first post about them was buried in a holiday post. Oops. And at the beginning…

Redesign Sign Time

Redesign Sign Time

While our library spaces are closed to the public, we have been busy completing tasks that have long been on our to-do lists. For me, one of those things has been updating our signs throughout the Children’s Library. After unintentionally letting some things stagnate between 5-8 years, it seems painfully obvious that I need to…

The Joy of Arting

The Joy of Arting

tl;dr for naturally artistic-types: posterize smaller images you want to use and then use a large window as a big ol’ lightbox. This is a post that I have wanted to write since 2015, and I am delighted to finally be sharing this with y’all. Basically, I want to show you how to do this:…

Three Summer Savers

Three Summer Savers

In the almost-decade that I’ve worked at a public library (how the heckie-pooh did that happen?!), I can unequivocally state that summers are, at their mildest, hectic. And over time, our Children’s Library team has come up with a couple of simple time-savers/stress-reducers that I thought I should share to hopefully help someone else out…

Leaf Piles @ The Library

Leaf Piles @ The Library

This fall our Children’s Library will be losing it’s large Ash tree that is home to our library dragon. The kids have been relieved that he’s already grown so much that he has to use our entire row of Bradford Pear trees as a home. But everyone’s sad about losing its autumn leaves. For the…

Display Power!

Display Power!

This year I was given the go-ahead to do some creative reworking of our teen space, and it’s been pretty fun. One of the best decisions I made was ordering a bunch of Umbra’s Strum Wall Organizers (FYI: I’m not being paid for this recommendation). We’ve been wanting to order a slat wall endcaps for…

Fall Can Be Easy

Fall Can Be Easy

In previous years, I’ve had lots of wordplay fun with November. This year, I wasn’t really feeling super-de-dooper inspired. At some point I’ll quasi-repeat Dinovember , because there’s so many different things that we can do with it (and it’s both funny and punny). UPDATE: We repeated it in 2017 /end update But at this…