I write to you again from another snow day away from MCPL. But as usual, it leaves time and space for blogging reflection.
This week I was fortunate to spend half of my internship hours helping with the Outreach Children’s Librarian. Her job looks different in COVID times – it’s just deliveries of books now but not the adjoining programming that comes with the books. So we made loads of deliveries to preschools, daycare centers and Head Start locations. These locations are eligible for book delivery and outreach programming because of their low-income level status.
This is the type I work I did in my career in dance education prior to library school so I felt right at home. Visiting the locations, even just to deliver new books, brought smiles to the kids’ faces. One young girl shouted “Miss Dana, you’re here today!” I can only imagine the impact being made when the librarian is able to present story times and teacher training during “normal times.”
On Friday, MCPL put on a Lunar New Year program which has been an annual event in partnership with the IU Asian Culture Center. I was responsible for aiding in the smooth-run of Zoom programming as well as demonstrating the craft. Kids at home followed along with me, using Take & Make kits from MCPL. Some had already made their paper lanterns and brought them to the Zoom event. It was very fun program to be involved in and I received good feedback about my section from the lead librarian for the program =)
Finally, with spending the day at home today, I hope to get ahead on a few things for the upcoming weeks. I’ve got a book review to write and a Women’s History month program to plan! Time is flying and I can truly see how a full-time librarian would spend their week, and have so much fun in all of it.