Monday, February 25, 2008

Three important things happened today:

1. We finally got around to testing the Wii projector set-up. It works. Wii!
2. The check from YALSA arrived. I deposited it. Wii!
3. I proposed the idea of having a family event on the occasional Saturday. I want to call it Wii Are Family. Tee! Hee!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

2 down, 18 to go

I've lined up my first two teen Tech Buddies. Recruitment hasn't been as easy as I thought it would be. Since I received the grant, at least five teens have come in to request community service hours but they all have other activities on Wednesday afternoons. My manager is pretty confident the seniors won't be a problem. I'm going to do a pitch for the elder buddies during a computer class on Thursday.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tune In, QL

Tune In, QL
Originally uploaded by hood and hat
I've made fliers for both teens and seniors for Tech Buddies. Now I just need to recruit 10-20 people in the next two weeks. Wee! I mean, Wii!

Friday, February 15, 2008

hoods and a hat

hoods and a hat
Originally uploaded by hood and hat
While the details are coming together for Tech Buddies, I will continue to blog library fluff. I snapped this shot while neatening up the new fiction. I remain:
-Still hood
-full of Hat Trick(s)
-a Hood Rat

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


There are times when I cannot decided whether to post here or my personal blog. I write about library things in my personal blog and I also write about library-inspired personal things here. Like, I just cataloged (and weeded) my wardrobe. Here's the breakdown:

Shirts: 28
Skirts: 16
Sweaters: 13
Dresses: 14
Pants: 20
Jackets: 6
Other: 3*

*=Overalls, bathing suit, and jumpsuit.

I'm hoping to scale down to 75 items eventually.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

from QLL2.0 to TTW

I've decided to morph my 23 1/2 Things blog into one about my new program, Tech Buddies. I applied for a mini-grant from YALSA for Teen Tech Week and I was selected!

This was my proposal:

Drawing on the model of the successful Book Buddies program, a community service opportunity that pairs teen volunteers with beginning readers, the Forest Hills Library wishes to pilot a Tech Buddies program that matches teens with seniors who would like to become better versed in technology. The program will focus on the more entertaining and fun aspects of technology: podcasts, short video, and video games.

The teens at Forest Hills High School are required to do 15 hours of community service prior to graduation. This past fall we were able to accommodate approximately 35 individuals. The establishment of a Tech Buddies program would allow us to offer more and varied opportunities to the young adult members of our community. Further, the Forest Hills Library engages a robust senior population that frequently borrows materials, attends events, and takes computer classes. The initial program will be open to 10 teens and 10 seniors and last 10 weeks.

The program seeks:
•To bring together different segments of the community library’s users
•To expand the library’s technology and community service offerings
•To alleviate fear some seniors might have of current technology
•To help both teens and seniors “Tune In” to the varied ways the library serves its community
•To add to the teens’ (and seniors’) skills sets with regard to technology
•To encourage intergenerational communication and lifelong learning

I'm pretty excited. In other exciting news, I got an ARC of Sara Zarr's Sweethearts. It was perfect timing since I just finished Story of a Girl, which is also on our summer reading list this year.