“Multiplicity” Weekend of Community Art (August, 2016)
Working with artist John Fleming on this project remains a huge highlight of my career. He designed an installation of 30′-long metal blades for the new Tukwila Library–blades which were painted by community members in a “Be a Part of the Art” weekend. Here is a copy of the Intranet post I made to share the experience with King County Library System staff, including pictures from the weekend:
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Artist John Fleming’s page on “Multiplicity”
New Tukwila Library Grand Opening (April 29, 2017)
“Multiplicity” now stands gracefully at the southwest corner of the Tukwila Library, on the corner of 144th and Tukwila International Blvd. Coordinating events for the grand opening fell largely to me, although these things always take a village! It was a marvelously successful day.
My public Facebook album for the Tukwila Library Grand Opening
“Under the Covers” Readers Advisory Webinar: LGBTQ+ Fiction and Nonfiction (January, 2017)
I had the very great good fortune to collaborate with Teen Services Librarian Brooke Shoostine and Public Service Assistant Jessica Hughes on this webinar for KCLS staff. My role included giving an overview of what makes a book queer or LGBTQ+, a resource list of awards and review sites, plus the majority of our book/author profiles (Brooke did the YA section). This was so much fun!
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Under the Covers LGBTQ Handout
201701 LGBTQ+ Recorded Webinar (Dropbox link: video ~45 minutes long)
Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN)
OYAN is the Teen Services division of the Oregon Library Association–and you’d better believe there are some impressive teen-serving librarians in Oregon! It was a privilege to work with them, and get to know them. I served as OYAN’s Collaborative Summer Library Program Liaison for two years, which meant that I got to attend the annual conference (fascinating!), and also that I coordinated the Teen Video Contest for the state of Oregon.
I also got to participate for two years on the “Book Rave” team of YA book-talkers at the Oregon Library Association conference, and the joint-OLA-Washington Library Association conference as well. Here are my book talks:
Highlights from North Bend Public Library (Oregon)
I became the Assistant Director of the North Bend Public Library on the southern Oregon coast, part of the Coos County Library Service District, in October 2011.
2013 Adult Summer Reading Log
I created NBPL’s first Adult Summer Reading program, and designed this log using LibreOffice’s Draw and graphics from the Collaborative Summer Library Program.
2014 marked the centennial of the establishment of a public library in North Bend–and also the 25th anniversary of the building itself. Much to celebrate!
Banned Books Week “Watch a Banned Book” events
Researching Grants Workshops
NBPL was a cooperating library with the Foundation Center until the end of my time there (when they increased the cost, while our budget contracted). Director Gary Sharp began a tradition of promoting the Foundation Directory (among many other resources) with grants-researching workshops at least twice a year. I inherited documents supporting the workshop, which I updated for each iteration of the workshop.
Partnering with the South Coast Folk Society
I first started working with the South Coast Folk Society for the 2012 Oregon Days of Culture. The relationship grew until we were regularly hosting some pretty amazing concerts and workshops, and also became the home of their monthly Community Singalong, which was a great joy to me.
Visiting the Bay Area Seniors Computer Club
Relationships made inside the library led to a fruitful series of visits to the Bay Area Seniors Computer Club, where I made presentations on how to use the library’s downloadables (primarily the Overdrive interface, called Library2Go in Oregon), and on how (and why) to use a tablet. A document I created for my club visits became our Overdrive guide for library users, too (note that this is based on the interface from 2013).
Library2Go Quick Start Guide
Highlights from Woodland Community Library (Washington)
Bookmark Contest “Arty Party”
Fort Vancouver Regional Library held a bookmark design contest every other year for children kindergarten through grade 8. It was up to each branch manager to judge local entries to forward for the district-wide competition, and plan an event to celebrate local participants–and local winners!
“IW2” Internet Trivia Contest (Internet Waiting/Internet Winning)
The Woodland Library had only 4 computers (1 of them an Express machine!)–and was located directly across the street from the combined Middle School/High School! (A new High School has since been built across town.) This small, old building was flooded with teen and tween energy every day after school, and everyone wanted time on the computers. Brainstorming with staff, we came up with this idea: give the kids waiting for the computer something to do, in the form of following challenges that would require using the library’s print Reference collection, to make entries in a drawing for a certificate granting an extra hour of computer time!
Highlights from the Mathers Museum of World Cultures
I was the Mathers Museum of World Cultures‘ Curator of Education from 2002-2006, while I was completing my Masters in Library Science at Indiana University (they have changed the job title since then…). It was an unmitigated blast! I would still be there if I hadn’t wanted so badly to dig into the community service of public librarianship, and also to return to the Pacific Northwest to be close to my family. I loved giving tours of the museum, and designing custom tour experiences. I got to experiment with the broadest range of in-house and off-site programming and outreach, and had a wonderful time building relationships in the schools and with campus and community partners.
Bites of Life
This international film series on the life stages was inspired by a section of the museum’s cornerstone new exhibit, and featured partnerships with the Monroe County Public Library and the Bloomington Cooking School.
My wife is a woman of many interests, among which is traditional dye techniques and indigo dyeing. We held several tie-dye workshops together in Bloomington, mostly at the library and at summer camps, until I was doing them on my own after I became a librarian. I adapted this document a few times for different settings.
Adinkra symbols, from the Ashanti/Asante people of Ghana, evoke proverbs and traditional wisdom. Stamped onto fabric, they let a person embody the messages of adinkra. My wife created our own set of Adinkra stamps from my research for my first Adinkra activity, and I loved getting to share them with children and teens.
Mayan heiroglyphs were harder to present to younger audiences, although I did do a simplified version of this for elementary-age. This version works best with grades 4 on up.
Storytelling and Story Workshop Materials (samples)
Tales from Sunnier Climes
Woodland and Yale, Washington
Masters in Library Science Coursework (including internship projects)