- Last week I redid the entire set up of the storyroom for the movie Howl's Moving Castle and nobody came. This week I put out a few chairs and 20 people showed up. I also had parents complain (after the fact of course, when I couldn't do anything about it) that some kids were "too noisy" and "licked all the frosting off the cookies." So...no more unsupervised movies? So, no more movies?
- Program meeting - can I run Make it and Take it every week through the fall with only 200 left in my program and supply budget? Stay tuned....
- Lots of volunteers showed up today.
- I left at 2, since I had cancelled the evening book club (only one person checked out the book) and I had a meeting in Chicago at 6:30.
- Picked up Sara-the-librarian from the next town and went to Michael Sullivan's talk on Connecting Boys With Books. It wasn't really anything I wasn't already familiar with - boys' brains develop slower/differently, lexiles suck, and kids should read what they want. While I can't do any of the school-related programs he suggests (and yeah, I get that it doesn't cost anything in the way of supplies, but when you're the only children's librarian and are doing collection development, reference/reader's advisory, publicity, and a minimum of 3 programs a week, time = money) some of his suggestions did spark off for me ideas on how to change Make it and Take it for the coming year. More later.
- Got back barely in time for our afternoon program, Remnants of the Rainforest with Dino Tlachac of Natures Niche. If you ever have the opportunity to get this guy, DO IT. Our most successful program this year, nearly 200 people came, he was amazing, helped with setup, the kids loved him, the parents loved him, and the animals were seriously cool, everything from a Mata-Mata to a Guinea Pig!
- We're just going to forget about that evening on the desk. It was a looooong day.
- Sigh. Summer is over and my Preschool Interactive group drastically shrunk. Lots of my fave little girls are gone; summer visitors have returned home, teacher's kids are back in daycare, etc. etc. Sniff. Only about 8 girls today (and a couple boys for part of the program, but for some reason I ended up with a very female group this year)
- Trying to do all the last-minute planning for all our final programs next week and start thinking seriously about the fall.