Weekly Nibble: September 4, 2020

I just wanted to pop in to share some good news from this week! Ever since our library closed, we’ve been hesitant to use Zoom for programming very much. We’ve used it for meetings and I’ve used it to update our Librarians-in-Training on library happenings, but not much else. Our preschool librarians are worried it’s not a good fit for their audience, and truly, I was just worried no one would show up. I had one Zoom session planned this summer with a local astronomy professor that we ended up cancelling because not enough people signed up.

Despite all of our reservations and failures, I finally decided to bring back my Book Worms program as a monthly Zoom session. I just couldn’t bear the thought of doing another prerecorded program in place of something that is supposed to be so interactive. I thought that if no one signed up, I’d have my answer about Zoom programming and I could just postpone Book Worms until we are able to have it in person again.

I am here to report that I had 20 kids show up for the Zoom session yesterday, almost all of my regular Book Worms friends, and I can’t remember feeling that happy in months. We read The Worry Box by Suzanne Chiew, made our own worry boxes (we provided craft kits ahead of time at curbside pickup), and had some chatting and catching up time. It was absolutely wonderful. I was so emotional that I couldn’t even talk to anyone about it immediately after without bursting into tears of joy. I don’t even think I realized how much I’ve missed the kiddos until I saw them all on the screen. Needless to say, I think I’ll do it again in October. =)

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