Thursday, August 6, 2009
So as the sun sets today my time as an intern comes to a close. I am still slightly stunned at the amount of new knowledge and skills my mentors managed to stuff into me. I am confident, though, that all of these skills will play a valuable role in any future position I may hold, be it intern, library assistant, or more hopefully, grad student and future librarian. Thank you all for reading, and I hope my journey provided a small glimpse into the realm of a small town library!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Alright, finally, after two and a half months of learning procedures and preparing materials, Tie-Dye Tuesday finally arrived. I mixed all the dye the day before, made take-home bags and instructions last week, bravely fought off a cold, rolled everything out onto the lawn and hoped for the best. We had 36 registrants as of noon, with the program starting at one-thirty, and 36 Popsicles. We thought we were ready. Then SEVENTY-FIVE people came. Thankfully we had plenty of dye, extra juice, plenty of buckets and were able to commandeer a spare table or three. I had fifty bags made up with take home instructions. We had to get creative with the extra folks. But man, everyone was smiling, and everything, (people, shirts, socks, pillowcases, the tables, the lawn, the parking lot) was every shade of the rainbow! It was awesome!
In light of the large turnout, I would have to say that my education in advertising and program planning was successful. I mean, SEVENTY-FIVE people came. That's more than many events earlier this summer! The only things I would really change for next year are to make more instruction bags and acquire more Popsicles. Oh, and withhold the dye bottles until after the shirts got soaked since some people did try to jump the gun a bit. But every single person left with a smile on their face and multicolored hands! Just check out some of the pics on our flickr account or at some shots below!