Friday, February 24, 2017

Create Your Library Branding, Signage, Promotions & More With Buncee!

Earlier in the week this sweet little poster caught my eye when it was shared on Facebook and Twitter.  
Slate shared it in this post Adorable Midcentury Posters Teaching Kids How To Use The Library, which featured 8 of these posters from a 32-poster book Using Your Library: 32 Posters For Classroom and Library by Mary Joan Egan and Cynthia Amrice published in 1965.  
These were created to help children with topics such as research, finding a book using the card catalog and even borrowing books from the library.  

My daughter Brianna and I were so in love with these posters we started a new Pinterest for Cool Old Library and Reading Posters that you can find here.

Then we thought...

Wouldn't it be neat to create our very own posters that looked like these using Buncee?

So I wrote to my Buncee team and asked if we could brainstorm to create some ways create posters like this.  Meagan, who is one of the amazing designers at Buncee, Sean, Marie and I got on a Slack to hear my ideas.

As we were talking about creating stained colored filters, library artifacts and sweet little posters, I started to think how Buncee could also be used to support our need in libraries for signage, cataloging and so many other needs for promoting and support reading, librarians and of course....our children.

We knew that we needed a special new Library category in Buncee that we would fill with wonderful stickers, backgrounds, messages and more.
I quickly started a Google Doc for our brainstorming and everyone got busy.

It was my job to share the needs of libraries and teacher librarians.  I added different things to the Google Doc like Library Names, Traditional Library Categories, Genrification Signage, Reading Sayings, Reading Celebrations, State Awards and more.
The Library category in Buncee was created.
 Marie worked on creating backgrounds and I was so excited when she shared...
 a Buncee filled with libraries....
 that would soon become the Backgrounds found under Library. 
One of my favorite parts of this project was working with Meagan as she created the beautiful library stickers and messages.
It was so fun going back and forth with her as we thought about all ages of children and how they use the library.  We also thought about how librarians would use the different stickers and messages for creating signage within their library and online too.
As Meagan got the genre stickers created she would send them to Marie in our Slack and then onto me in texts, as I was traveling.
I loved seeing them come to life and was so excited when Marie announced...
the new Library category of backgrounds, stickers and messages to the world!
And this morning when I woke up, I was thrilled to see what our dear friend Elaine Deja had created.
This could be shared with students asking them to respond to the question, the different genre posters could connect to your library automation system like Follett's Destiny Discover, and you could even print this off to post in the library.

The possibilities are endless.
Today as I work with 110 teacher librarians in the Region One area of Texas, I am going to teach them about Buncee as we talk about Digital Tools for the Future Ready Librarian.
I can't wait to show them the new library stickers, backgrounds and messages we created this week.
I can't wait to see what you create and how you use these in your libraries too!  

And I can't wait to share the cool little library posters we are creating to look like the old ones too. 


  1. Hoping to use these to genrify my library!

  2. Hi there...I am so happy to read that. We created them for that very reason. :)

  3. I just want to shout out a big THANK YOU to Shannon Miller and Buncee for doing this for us! I spend a lot of time and energy using graphic design tools, image editors, finding Creative Commons 0 images, downloading fonts and graphics-- all to do what can now be done so much easier with Buncee! This is going to be a huge time saver, and the options are just gorgeous! I was surprised to see so many. Thank you again, Shannon and Buncee for thinking of librarians!

    1. Thank you so much...This is so sweet. <3 I am super happy you love the new library fun in Buncee...I love it too! I can't wait to see what you create....Please make sure to share.