Remember how the library used to look? I thought I’d make the feature image the original photo I took. It so does not look like this now. The sports trophies from 30 years ago are going some place else. There are new shelves salvaged from a closed school in the county. In one month, students have checked out over 300 books (keep in mind there are only 175 students). Parents are checking out books. On Friday nights families are checking out DVDs (which given our cold weather is a GREAT thing). I introduced a kid to Tom Waits because of one of you and the opera AIDA because of someone else. YOU GUYS ROCK.
In a world where facts seem not to matter, it’s refreshing to hear kids talking smack that they don’t know a thing about and just going over and putting a book in front of them. Yesterday , for example a junior high student was coming up with generalizations about African Americans in Los Angeles. I was able to pull books out to show him some reading suggestions that might make him think differently. That’s what I was after and I thank you.
Here’s some photos from open house.
Whew! It finally happened. Though we’ve been open to the kids since Sept. 6th we finally got around to having a celebration with our community volunteers. Thanks again to all of you who made it happened. We just finished another giant batch of thank yous so hopefully those will go out this week.
It’s not easy writing a book, doing that mom thing, working half-time at a newspaper , and freelancing AND oh yeah volunteering for the Library Project but it is so worth it.
We still have a bureaucratic dark lord threatening to not let kids have access to books (thankfully she lives 30 minutes away and makes Dolores Umbridge sound warm and fuzzy), but she doesn’t have any jurisdiction for one of the two schools so we are okay –yay!
It’s funny to watch bureaucracy try to keep ownership but because of you and national coverage they haven’t been able to do so.
But the fun stuff.
We had a party! We set up our first adult book clubs for the community, and we celebrated our volunteers.
My volunteers! (That’s me in the red boots).
On top of that the sweet superintendent from the school district showed up with sandwiches and I steamed up a plate of tamales. It was fun.
We are by no means done. But we have come so far! And that’s all because of you and what you did by sending us books, carpets, bean bag chairs, and kindles. THANK YOU! We also thank Plumas Charter School and Indian Valley Academy for being so supportive through out and all our volunteers from IVA and our community members.
Up next we’re hoping to start taking authors up on their suggestion to have them come speak. Also I will be the poet doing Poetry Out Loud with the schools –so shout out to you all for giving us a top notch poetry section.
We will be starting our film series soon once a week with films for the kids to watch after school while awaiting rides from parents.
Words really cannot express. Thank you.