Bibliopolis T-Shirt Design Contest!

To celebrate the four-month anniversary (because four-month anniversaries are a thing, didn’t you know?) of beginning my work here as the Gracepoint Berkeley church librarian this past June, we will be having a Bibliopolis T-Shirt Design Contest. It’s actually another of the kiddos’ fundraiser ideas. 🙂


The kids and some adults have been hankering for a shirt ever since day 1, so we can check another item on the #goals list.

The contest is open to young and old alike across all of our Gracepoint ministries. Wouldn’t it be awesome for a parent-child team to submit a design idea?

You can include some tagline* or appropriately attributed bookish quote to go along with it. If you could refrain from using “City of Books” as the tagline, that would be great. Not that I think Powell’s City of Books (one of my favorite book stores ever) would mind or even notice, but still. 🙂

Please submit your JPG and PSD file to no later than October 31, 2015. That gives you two weeks to work on a design. We will unveil the entries for public vote on Sunday, November 1st, which is also the first day of Narnia November *AND* NaNoWriMo. Busy day, busy day. The names of submitters will be removed so as to prevent bias.

Prize: the esteemed title of this year’s T-Shirt Laureate**, and a free shirt with your design on it. Wowza! If you’re not a designer, but a wordsmith, you can submit your tagline as a comment below, and maybe a designer who’s not a wordsmith will pick yours up and run with it! In the case of a tag team victory, you will BOTH win a free t-shirt. Let the collabs begin.

Ideas for a snappy tagline for Bibliopolis? Excited to enter the contest? Or just excited to buy one of our future shirts and wear your love for reading? Chime in below!

EDIT: Be sure to check the update on how you can submit a design without Photoshop.

*such as: “Gracepoint reads,” which isn’t that snappy. Or “One book to rule them all”…uh, I welcome your suggestions!

**laureate: a person who is honored with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement.


PSA from the Bibliopolis Recycling Committee

Each peer group is slowly taking ownership of different aspects of Bibliopolis. The 3rd grade girls have taken on the Bibliopolis succulent garden. The middle school guys are slowly but surely going to head up the vegetable farming. And today I introduce the 6th grade girls dynamic duo that is our new Bibliopolis Recycling Committee. You’ll start seeing signs (I promise, I didn’t make them) around Gracepoint Berkeley church that request your rinsed out and uncrushed cans and bottles.

Polite and detailed signs. “God bless you!” “Have a very nice day”

What are we fundraising for, you ask? 100% of the proceeds will go towards books and future bookish outings or events. If you’d like to support the fundraising efforts even further, you could collect cans and bottles at home, and bring your recycling to Bibliopolis!

The committee requested very specifically that I post this up on the blog, so that everyone could join in the effort to support Bibliopolis, and also be green. ♻

Bibliopolis: A Happy Place

In response to The Daily Post’s prompt: “Happy Place.”

I have a lot of happy places, but it’s probably no surprise that I would count a library as one of them. But let me explain. Or actually, let’s have Anna Quindlen explain. In her book, How Reading Changed My Lifeshe says:

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.

Isn’t that lovely? Maybe I’m cheating, but I guess I’m saying that libraries house books, and books are transporters to other worlds, as well as into yourself. The idyll of my childhood, as you may remember, is the Cerritos Public Library (see my first post). And that’s why I work really hard to make Bibliopolis a magical place, dare I say a happy place, for the kids and teens (and the adults looking in longingly, as evidenced by the fresh nose prints I see on the door window every day) at Gracepoint Berkeley church.

Rather than show you a picture of books, I think the latest addition to the Bibliopolis patio-succulent-rock-garden created by some of the kids (and mom) captures some of the love all of the kiddos feel towards our library!

bibliopolis rock garden

Something peaceful and serene about this image, with the golden autumn leaves framing the rock labyrinth. And thanks Auntie Jenny (who is fast gaining on Auntie Ahmi for the title of most awesome Bibliopolis benefactress) for the lovely wood-burned sign. It says “Bibliopolis est. 2015.”