Every year, our children's department comes up with something that makes me wish I were a kid again, so I could play, too. They've been getting better and more involved every year, but this year takes the cake and tops everything they've done in all the years I've worked there.
Our children's department head has been periodically posting pictures and descriptions of the huge gameboards for this year's summer reading program on her blog. There may be more info forthcoming in the weeks to come, but there's now enough up to get a good idea of what's going on.
Here are a few of the pictures as teasers and a brief a description of the game for context; see the links to her blog for more pictures, details, and descriptions.
Part 1: Construction
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Part 2: Games for the littlest kids
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Part 3: Games for the rest of the kids
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Summary of the main game: The robotic Plutonians are angry that we declared Pluto to no longer be a planet, and have declared war, and it is up to the brave heroes of an Alliance space station to hold back the Plutonian assault. ( Read on...Collapse )
All in all, it's really fun to watch the action progress, and it makes me wish the adult department offered a summer reading game (in addition to their standard "list X books you read this summer and be entered in a raffle for neat prizes") for those adults who'd enjoy something a bit more interactive & fun.
And it makes me proud & happy to work in a library that has this much pure, unmitigated fun with summer reading (even if it is a lot of work for the librarians to plan, design, construct, and operate).
(If you want to keep tabs on her blog via LJ, you can now do that via susandovelempke, though she doesn't monitor the LJ feed for comments.)