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I’ve been focusing on plans for this year’s science-themed summer reading program — Fizz, Boom, Read!

hermionish.fizzboomread2014This is what I feel like:

hermionish.srp2The hard (and annoying) part: vendors.

The phone has been very busy as of late with vendors calling the library trying to peddle their wares. One company tried to sell me 1,000 science-themed coloring books — said that other libraries have bought packages of that size. (I had to laugh.) Of course, I politely explained that we’d be VERY lucky to get a 100 kids participating in the summer reading program as DPL is in a small, rural community. If I bought the coloring books, they offered to send me a slushy-machine or an outdoor charcoal grill. Another vendor tried to sell me a massive amount of personalized mood pencils which totaled to the entire budget for the summer reading program.

No worries. I got this.

My thoughts:
If I can annually organize and coordinate a solemn and emotional community event, such as a candlelight vigil and Clothesline Project for survivors of domestic violence, I think I can handle planning a fun-filled event for children centered upon books and reading.

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hermionish.clp Snap shots of me introducing the speakers at Vigil and a close-up of the Clothesline Project displayed on the courthouse lawn

Today, I did order some pretty nifty things which I’ll donate to the library — plastic test tubes to be filled with candy and given out at the wrap-up party, a test tube rack for display, containers of slime, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, beakers and flasks which I’ll fill with colored water and glitter…and maybe one of them will be filled with plastic bugs and worms! I can use the beakers and such for Halloween.

Stay tuned for pictures.