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Virtual Programming makes anywhere a library

So we’re finishing up our second week of quarantine, and the news is maddening. Homeschooling is overwhelming for Gabe and for me; my 16-year-old Alex, is feeling it, too. There are six of us under this roof, along with our dog and our cat, so there’s a lot of togetherness happening.

This week, I started my virtual programming, and I loved it. Storytimes and craft times helped me feel connected to my Corona Kids, especially when our moms started posting pictures of my kiddos and their crafts. I miss them all so much; this was just… thank you. Thank you all, because I needed that.

I’m growing even closer to my colleagues in the system as we navigate virtual programming together. A few of us are now on a committee our library system created so we can get our programming out via the library Facebook Live page (and we’re still doing our own programming on the side, because who loves storytime more than a children’s librarian? Other than, you know, the kids). These have been bright moments during the darker times this week, and I’m counting on those to keep me going.

What’s up for this week? I’m working on a programming schedule now, but there will be more virtual goodies, more Duolingo conversation groups (I’m in a Spanish language group now), and more reading and blogging time. I need to build in more family time, because I see us all gravitating to our devices, and think we need a little more interaction.

Keep safe, stay home, and find joy in the small moments.

Author:

I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading (http://whatchareading.com). I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (http://www.onwednesdays.net/), where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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