So, as I said in my last post, I started a new job the first of November at the Jackson County Public Library in Marianna, FL. I am absolutely loving it!! There have been some differences that I’ve had to get used to, but it is a wonderful job. In December, I initiated the Elf on the Shelf in the library. We purchased the Elf on the Shelf doll and book and I hid her in different spots in the library throughout the month of December. The children had fun searching for the elf each day. When they found her, they got a candy can, an activity bookmark, and a small box of crayons. I found LOTS of ideas for this on Pinterest. It seems Elf on the Shelf is being used in classrooms too. Here are pictures of our elf in some of my favorite poses.
After Christmas, we had a Frozen party for children age 12 and under, both in Marianna and at the Graceville branch. It was a huge success! We showed the movie, had a “Feed Sven” beanbag toss game, and a “Pin the Nose on Olaf” game. We also had crafts for the children to make: Anna and Elsa cutout crowns, snowflakes made out of pipe cleaners and beads, and icicles made out of sparkly silver pipe cleaners and beads. We also gave them cookies and a drink for refreshments and had coloring pages and paper dolls for them to take home. It was so much fun! We had about 25 children at the party in Marianna, and about 15 in Graceville. I was completely shocked about the turnout at Graceville. I had worried that there were only going to be a few children. They all had a wonderful time watching the movie and playing games.
Now we are planning an event for African American History Month. We are hosting an event on Feb. 15 that focuses on T. Thomas Fortune, a man who was born in Marianna and became a successful newspaperman. We are hopefully going to have some artwork by an African American lady from Campbellton displayed as well. I think it is going to be great!
On Feb. 26, the library board is having the 7th annual Classic Southern Desserts fundraiser. I am the liaison for that event, so I have been working hard this past week developing flyers for the event as well as trying to get donations from local businesses. That’s all for now, but I’m sure I’ll have more to post soon!