When you’re the head of a Youth Services Department, some odd things pass over your desk. Over the months of getting reading for this year’s Summer Reading game Voyage to Book Island, one staff member turned in a receipt for “hinges for coconuts”. Another wrote up a task list including “find flotsam” and “buy birdshot”. We polled both staff and patrons on their favorite book characters to send them off on a ship to be kidnapped by pirates (the characters, not the patrons). We begged our local stores and restaurants for donations, and came up with the right wording for imprinting on ducks. Now it has all turned into a big, glorious Summer Reading game which has turned the department into nonstop gratifying, glorious, exhausting activity.
On my own task list: buy chocolate for staff!