I assisted Jess with her workshop on Tuesday. I think that it went very well. CR&D was there to photograph and film us and since this was out very first workshop for the both of us it made me a little more nervous. They stayed in the back though and I forgot they were even there.
We gave away 15 of the 20 bags. In the front of the class was a mother with a seven month old and he just loved playing with the board books. I stumbled over my words a little even accidentally calling kids "pigs" luckily no one including Jess heard that one. Think I will go to note cards as Jess did rather than a had out. With the books many of the attendees were nodding their heads or commented on how much they loved them. Several attendees commented on how they liked being read to. Many of them recognized the books we had. When I pointed out the mouse and balloon in Good Night Gorilla some on the moms commented on how many times they had read that book and never noticed that. Afterwards we did 2 library cards, and several people came up to talk to us. One mom came up and talked about how much she enjoyed out presentation, and how much she and her kids loved the library! I instantly had cold chills and wanted to hug the mother, I also had a lightning bolt.
I have always known that I planned to stay with the library, but I realized this is why I am here and how I will make my mark and difference in the world, by talking to people about the importance of reading to their kids, and working with the kids. Weird to admit I know but I had an overwhelming urge to cry :). Tonya and Scott from CRD came up to talk and said that she didn't realize that this was out first presentation ever! She asked us to talk to them (the camera) about our experience and share some of out thoughts.
I really think that those kits will be of use to our attendees although many of them already use the library system. The most asked question for me was where could they get the over sized books like the "Good night Gorilla" one we used.