Is it bad to say that I got a ton of emails done this morning? Well…it’s true. After taking the weekend to visit my family and not coming into the library on Tuesday, I had several emails to attend to.
One of these emails being an announcement that the Poetry Month displays are up and we’re encouraged to select titles. I pulled a variety of titles from the 811’s as well as some picture books that read like poetry. While I didn’t select any titles for it yet, I browsed the new tween display of novels in verse and found some titles to add to my reading list! Poetry is something I only briefly engaged with as a child – Shel Silverstein. I’ll be helping with a grab and go set of poems so that families can pick up printed poems and exchange with others (and hopefully be inspired to write their own!).
Since my History Hangout: Women’s History Month program was a new and stand-alone program it requires an evaluation. My virtual story time program doesn’t require one, and my remaining programs are still in progress or have not yet dropped on YouTube. Evaluation is a favorite of mine – I enjoy the reflection on what went well and what I’d change next time. I also believe in objective observation of what really happened during the program, beyond how I felt about it. This observation of what happened helps me determine whether the objectives of the program were met. Since I am used to educational evaluation and assessment, I have to tone down my desire to survey and check for understanding. Instead, with this program, I observed that children and families were engaged with the activities, one another and library staff. They were social with one another and staff, and were creative in their design processes.
Finally, I met with the Librarian Selector, Martha, again and discussed a new project for my last few weeks of internship. I’ll be cross-listing the MCPL holdings with the 2021 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice List to see what we have and if we have enough. I certainly think this will keep me abreast of new trends and titles in children’s literature!