Saturday way my last day at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. I spent my time finishing up the music CD weeding projcet. I also enjoyed observing the Dogs Like Books, Too! program. Lastly, I helped organized beads for the craft projects for the Holiday Walk program. The Library is open on “Black Friday”. The Village and Library celebrate the holiday season with cider, songs, and crafts. So just as all things end new opportunities begin. My time as an intern may have ended, but now I begin my journey into Librarianship.
The Gaming for Older Adults, at the Glen Ellyn Public library is usually held on Thursdays but this week Friday was the day. I once again helped setup the two Wii consoles and tried out the game Wii Soprts Resort. One of the projectors in the main meeting room was not working so I barrowed the portable projector from the Youth Services Department. After all the connections were made the game was good to go. The new games offer different motions and skills to be tested. Beth Cusack, the Homebound Coordinator and I tried out the new sports such as Disc Dog, in which you’ll toss a disc to an adorable, Mii-like dog.
I was at the Youth Services desk Wednesday, and I ran into a problem helping a patron. I am a horrible speller and searching for materials means knowing how to spell the titles. The Glen Ellyn Public library is switching over to the Aqua Browser. It is a little more forgiving when it comes to spelling. Like Google it will make suggestions of “is this what you mean”. The library can now access the consortium’s databases in conjunction with the familiar searching system. It is not live for the public yet, but available for practice for the staff. I was able to find information for the patrons much more quickly using the Aqua Browser.
Another behind the scenes service is to encourage programs such as the Reflection Arts Program. The librarians consider how well the participant interprets a theme. The theme of the work was Beauty is… I was asked to read 6 samples from the category of literature and grade level of primary (k-2) and 11 also from the category of literature and grade level of intermediate (3-5). There was some very good work but there were specific categories to evaluate. These consisted of Mastery of medium with a range of 1 2 3 4 5, Creativity also with the range of 1 2 3 4 5, Artistic Merit with the range of 1 2 3 4 5 and Expression of theme with the range of 3 6 9 12 15. All the works were creative and engaging but expression of the theme is were some shined.
At the Glen Ellyn Public Library on Saturday it was Star Wars Extravaganza, so the Youth Services department tied in this theme with National Gaming Day. I helped coordinate a drop in gaming session for youths and tweens. Star Wars themed games were bought and tested for the Wii consoles used by the Youth Services department.
In the main area Lego Star Wars the complete saga, rated E for everyone, was set up so younger patrons could battle the dark side.
In the programming room a game rated teen, The Force Unleashed, was set up for light saber dueling and the older tween population enjoyed battling Darth Vader.
National Gaming Day focuses on the social and recreational role that video and board games offer to library users of all ages. Lots of kids play games at home – alone, with siblings or with friends.. At the library, kids socialize with their friends and play board and video games while surrounded by books, librarians and knowledge. Gaming at the library encourages patrons to interact with diverse peers, share their expertise with others (including adults) and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. The library was already sponsoring a Star Wars Extravaganza that day, so the the youth services department asked me to help set up a drop in gaming session. Two Star Wars themed games were purchased, The Force Unleashed, and Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels. Both games are rated Teen. I also brought in my Star Wars Wii game, Lego Star Wars the complete saga. It is rated E for everyone. Because of the ratings of the games and the areas available in the department, it was determined to separate the tweens and younger patrons. The Lightsaber Dueling games were set up in the programming room while the E rated Lego game was set up in the main area for all to participate in. Many patrons played both games and many people enjoyed just spectating.
Another typical day at the library. I started at the Youth Services desk and when it was not so busy I picked up my weeding list and continued with that project. There was excietment in the air because the second session of the Penguin Program was underway and patrons were gearing up for the drop in reading program. The weeding of the cd music collection makes room for some new entertainment. While looking at the older titles, the librarians and I were remined of when we were young.
Learn about penguins and do an activity! Monday, November 9, 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. for grades K-2 Wednesday, November 11, 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. for grades 3-5. This program includes a memory game consisting of 12 cards of different penguins. I helped out the librarians by sorting, organizing, and packaging the cards. I also helped out at the desk.
On Friday I spent most of my time in the business office. Maria Tachna is the business manager for the Glen Ellyn Public Library. She takes care of the accounting and day to day operations of the library. While observing her in her office, she was entering receipts for expenditures into an excel program which would later have to be entered into the libraries automated system. She said that billing is done each month and must come out balanced.