Merry Christmas!

Where have I been you ask? BUSY. Until today, anyway. Here’s a pictorial review of my December so far:

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Aren’t photos without descriptions the best? Here are some clues: a wedding, the dentist, the gym, the doggos, high nerdery, and lots of librarying. A good time was had by all, but I desperately need my week-and-a-half break. I’ll be back at work, hopefully rested, on January 2.

#Artober 17: IT’S A DOUBLE RAINBOW!

Yes, this counts. Sharpie markers on plastic cut to kite dimensions. One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to go to programs like this. This one was at Broadmoor, a branch I rarely visit. There’s a kite enthusiast conference of sorts in town this weekend, and really nice man from Pennsylvania volunteered to lead this program at the library. Other volunteers led programs at other branches.

Everyone I talked to had an awesome time. People of all ages made kites to fly. Here are some photos I took while I was there:

I’m so glad this organization presented these programs. I hope they spark the imaginations of patrons of all ages across the parish. I certainly had a good experience.

#Artober 15: Sing, Unburied, Sing!

One of my favorite parts of my job is that I get to paint on the clock. Today, I went on a little voyage to do it, to a town called Mooringsport in the northwest tip of Caddo Parish, about 30 miles from Shreveport. I’d seen the exterior of this library, but I’d never been in. It looks and smells like an old schoolhouse.

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I went up there because a local artist, Eric Francis, is doing a series of painting programs for the library based on Jesmyn Ward’s novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, this year’s One Book One Parish selection. Today, we painted the crow on the front cover. Unlike my painting programs, Eric starts with a very helpful pencil sketch, which is way less intimidating for first-time painters than an entirely blank canvas is.

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The turnout was amazing and far more than I was expecting. Everyone was enthusiastic and proud of their work. Some people made amaaaaaazing paintings.

I was super impressed by the whole program. Since the turnout was so high, I’m planning on bringing my art and tech programs for kids and teens. Too bad the branch is closed on Saturdays, or I’d schedule a Paint Studio program there.

Good times at the library!

#Artober 12: This counts, right?

It’ll have to because I’m exhausted again. I did more Pirate Storytime this morning and another round of Jack o’Lantern Paper Circuit this afternoon. Both programs went really well.

Kids are even more into the paper circuits than I thought they would be, which is good because I still have 4 more programs to do.

For now, though,I’m going to enjoy my first weekend off in too long.

I’m taking the day off

…because I’m exhausted. This was my day, which, granted, could have been so much worse:

That was Pirate Storytime. There are several more to go. (Also: Baby Shark will probably be stuck in my head for the next several weeks. Please be patient with me.)

Yesterday, I started a series of 6 paper circuit programs:

I’ve had a great time, but I need a break, as this will be my first free weekend after four working.