Today's Hours: 7.5 Total Hours: 81.5
Hours remaining: 18.5
Today’s events included reading to an Early Childhood Program (ECP) class; showing the Ask 10 response video from Will Hillenbrand to the 1st grade students, facilitating a discussion with them and helping them check out books; running reports and weeding the 800s in the library collection and discussing the DDC with Heather; and attending the dress rehearsal show of the school production of Lion King. With the 4 year olds, I read Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could in preparation for their related Akron Symphony Orchestra event; we also read Donald Crews' Freight Train. I pulled more books from the Trains handout that Heather has for the Little Readers program, a few of which the kids wanted to check out (and sadly some wanted the books we read, which I needed for tomorrow and could not give them). The 1st graders had a great time watching Will Hillenbrand's response to their questions - and we watched the video of them asking their questions first to go over their inquiries first. After we watched his video, I asked them questions about it, including what their favorite part was, what advice of his they liked, and what they will remember; one girl said she would remember to keep asking questions, while another said she would keep doing what she likes the same way he keeps drawing, and many said they liked seeing his sketches and seeing him draw and add color to an illustration. Before they left, they had time to check out. As we were wrapping up, one boy checked out a Minecraft book and I showed a few of them my Coding display. They wrote that they want to learn coding and what they would name their own coding game on my "forecast" sheets. One girl found and checked out Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit after hearing Will Hillenbrand talk about it in his video, and I asked her to read to me the first few pages. After the class left, Heather and I ran an inventory report for the 800s section of the collection in SirsiDynix WorkFlows and I emailed it myself so I could open it in as a Google Sheet. We reorganized the data and I began to weed the collection. At 2p.m, we were able to see the students' production of The Lion King, which was wonderful.
As I near the end of my practicum experience, I am reflecting on how much I benefitted from the children and youth programming, reading, and cataloging projects I created for courses before I started. I also appreciate how much recording posts for this blog has helped me keep track of the various aspects of the job. I believe it will be helpful in synthesizing the experience.