August 7, 2008

Star in Your Own READ Mini Poster

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One of the fun projects I’ve gotten to shepherd at work is now available for you to play with – the READ Mini Poster Generator. It’s just like the generators on fd’s Flickr Toys because it was created by John Watson, Mr. fd himself. Choose from one of four templates and just click the button to upload a picture from your hard drive. (One hint – leave some room above your head in the picture.)
Useful for web badges, profile pictures, and especially graphics for events such as Banned Books Week (which is coming up in September). If you post yours to Flickr, be sure to add it to the READ posters pool. Here’s my first one, but I’m more interested to see how creative everyone else is. I have a series of posters planned. :-)

my READ mini poster


  1. Best READ poster ever! We should start a series of GAME posters with librarians holding their favorite video game. Dibs on Chrono Trigger!!

    Comment by leah — August 7, 2008 @ 7:15 am

  2. Love it!

    Comment by Stacy — August 7, 2008 @ 7:40 am

  3. Leah, I definitely want to start a series of GAME posters, too, so jinx on that one! Since I believe there are a lot of games where you do read, I’m also going to do a couple of READ posters holding some of those games. In fact, I have a whole series of non-book-related READ posters I plan to do. :)
    Stacy – that is too cool! I just added a note to the post to make sure folks add their mini posters to the READ group on Flickr, so please make sure you do that so that everyone sees it.

    Comment by jenny — August 7, 2008 @ 7:46 am

  4. This so rocks! Thank you for making my day!

    Comment by Estelle — August 7, 2008 @ 9:22 am

  5. Great idea Jenny!

    Comment by Darlene Fichter — August 7, 2008 @ 11:17 am

  6. Very cool. You are doing such fantastic work Jenny, thanks! -Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Dowd — August 7, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

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  8. seriously fun and way kool! Congrats to you and ALA for making this available.

    Comment by Helene — August 7, 2008 @ 8:25 pm

  9. Thanks, everyone! I hope you’re having as much fun with this as I am. :)

    Comment by jenny — August 8, 2008 @ 7:56 am

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  11. Cool, but no option to enter photo URL instead of browse computer? BTW, the generator supports the input of other image formats, too, not just the JPG files indicated on the form. (At least, it worked with the PNG and GIF files I tested.)

    Comment by Brian — August 15, 2008 @ 7:18 am

  12. No, sorry, Brian. You can, however, download an image off the web to your computer and then just upload it from there. I’ll see if we can get the format note modified – thanks for the heads up on that.
    Will be interested to see your mini posters. :)

    Comment by jenny — August 15, 2008 @ 7:28 am

  13. Thanks for sharing this. I have already produced some for our Banned books display and have a few other ideas. Having a simple tool to make up some quick promotion/display material is great.

    Comment by Rhondda — August 20, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

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  15. Fun! I am enjoying all the good examples on the Read Posters Flickr group. My library has the Read Poster CD-Rom, but it requires Photoshop knowledge that not everyone has.

    Comment by andrea — August 21, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  16. Great job, Rhondda!
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the generator, Andrea. If you end up wanting to make larger versions, there’s a new READ CD blog that can help you with that extra learning curve. You can also ask questions in the comments.

    Comment by jenny — August 22, 2008 @ 7:48 am

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  20. For some reason, the link above to the ALA mini poster generator leads to a “Page Not Found” message on the ALA site… Is it still available?

    Comment by Katie — September 22, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

  21. Hi, Katie – the new website went live today, so some links are still getting resolved. We’ll have it back for you shortly! Thanks for the heads up on this.

    Comment by jenny — September 23, 2008 @ 12:16 am

  22. Thanks for your patience – the new link is, and I’ve fixed it in the blog post.

    Comment by jenny — September 23, 2008 @ 11:06 am

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  24. The READ mini poster generator does not work now! Can you help?

    Comment by Jeanne — June 8, 2009 @ 9:49 am

  25. Sigh – sorry about that, Jeanne. Thanks for the heads up. I fixed the link in the post, but the generator is now at Let’s hope it stays there, at least for a little while!

    Comment by jenny — June 8, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

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