Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It began! (And all was okay.)

Yesterday was the first day of Summer Reading Club at my library. I'm breathing a big sigh of relief. We dug in last week and got all that last-minute stuff done, got all the copies made, all the forms run off, got everything cut apart, got a very good start on stuffing the bags the kids will receive when they sign up. My staff did good and we got it all done.

And yesterday, seeing lots of our regular library families making a point of coming in to sign up for the Reading Club, so excited to get their reading logs and check out books... that made it worth all the stress of the past couple of weeks. (Okay, REMIND ME I SAID THAT when it gets to be a couple weeks before next year's Club.)

Summer Reading Club is a marathon, not a sprint. We've got 10 weeks to go (70 days by the countdown app I put on my phone). But we'll take it week by week, day by day, and we'll try to have as much fun as we possibly can.

The photo shows the amazing bulletin board that one of my staff members A put up. We're having an Elephant and Piggie Day in June just because we all love those books so much. We've been sharing them with our Afterschool kids all school year and hopefully we'll have lots of kids come out. (And yes, I will blog about what we do and how it goes!)

In the photo, you can also see the star lights that we put up at the entrance to our department. Thinking ahead, we purchased them around the holidays and they blink and they're awesome. When we put them up on Sunday, I heard a little boy shouting "STARS!!! STARS!!!" as his family made their way down the hall toward our room. That is exactly the effect I was going for.

Summer Reading Club 2012 is officially here (at my library, anyway). So, it's begun.