The Oklahoma Library Association's Information Matrix Summer Camp 2010 has begun!
Sunday, July 18, 2010: Day 1 of the camp. This afternoon 24 campers, aged from 12 to 14 came from all over Oklahoma to The University of Tulsa campus to spend a week exploring the possibilities offered by all types of libraries. Several Tulsa librarians, including Laurie Sundborg of TCCL and Andy Lupardus of McFarlin Library, were on hand to help with the check-in procedure and to get the campers oriented to life in a college dorm. The campers and their adult counselors, which include Marty Thompson of the OU Health Sciences Center, Leslie Langley of Wister Public Library, and Camp Director Sharon Saulmon of Rose State College, are staying in LaFortune House, located directly north of the Reynolds Center, TU's basketball arena.
After the last camper checked in, Sharon Saulmon met briefly with the campers and their parents to answer any questions and address any concerns they might have.
Due to renovations, most meals are being served on the Reynolds Center Concourse. Following check-in the campers enjoyed a dinner of fried chicken and/or hamburgers, with macaroni, carrots and broccoli. The latter two were not tremendously popular, it has to be said. The ice cream and cookies that followed for dessert, however, more than made up for the presence of broccoli and were heartily enjoyed by all. At least until the cones ran out.
A short program followed dinner. Tim Anderson, McFarlin Library's newest professional librarian, talked with the campers about his choice of career, his experience in library school, and what his job is like. The kids asked him a number of questions, so I think Tim ended up talking quite a bit longer than he'd expected.
Leslie Langley, OLA's newly minted president, welcomed the kids on behalf of the association and explained to them what OLA is and exactly what it does in the state. They all knew about Sequoyah! Leslie also led the group in a get acquainted game that everyone really seemed to enjoy. The game not only required that we learn each other's names, but also something about the person. It was a great ice-breaker.
Following the game, the group broke up, giving the campers some free time to play different games and get to know each other better.
Some played ping-pong.
Others played foosball.
Some went online.
And others played, uhm, something.
Monday will start bright and early with breakfast at 7:30 and visits to the Tulsa City-County Library Service Center, Central Library, and the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore.