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Information Matrix Camp 2010: Day 2: July 19, 2010
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It's Monday, July 19, 2010, the second day and first full day of the Oklahoma Library Association's 2010 summer camp.

Our campers' day began with a hearty 7:00 a.m. knock on the door, courtesy of Marty Thompson.  Most managed to make it over to the Reynolds Center for a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, and french toast.  Everyone's mood quickly improved, especially after the adults discovered where the coffee was hidden.  (Ah, caffeine!)

At 8:30 the TU shuttle arrived, driven by Bob Dellegar from Campus Security.  The shuttle holds about 18 or 19 people, so the remainder went in the Rose State van with Sharon Saulmon at the wheel.  Here are the shuttle passengers on the way to the first stop of the day.

On board the TU Shuttle

That first stop was Tulsa City-County Library's Service Center, where most technical services functions (including Acquisitions, Cataloging and Processing) are now centralized. Rosemary Moran and Sarah Simpson were our tour guides.  Here's Rosemary discussing what the librarians do in the collection development and acquisitions area. 

Rosemary Moran speaks to the campers at the TCCL Service Center

Sarah introduced the campers to the concept of cataloging, which she described as "bringing order out of chaos". 

Sarah Simpson at the TCCL Service Center

After finishing at the Service Center we headed to Central Library in downtown Tulsa. 

Looking down on the main floor at TCCL's Central Library

Cassie Tudyk and Rebecca Howard introduced the campers to TCCL's Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service.  They had the opportunity to meet Carolyn Lee, a volunteer literacy tutor, and hear several stories illustrating how learning to read can dramatically improve people's lives.  In the photo below, Cassie is conducting a tour of the literacy offices.

Visiting the offices of TCCL's Adult Literacy Service

The hit of the morning was probably Brad Thomas, who manages TCCL's Outreach Services.  The campers had the opportunity to visit a library bookmobile.

Brad Thomas shows off the TCCL Bookmobile

The TCCL Friends provided a great lunch from Subway, which everyone really enjoyed.  This was followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of Central Library.  One of the tour guides was Laurie Sundborg, TCCL's acting CEO.  In the photo below the campers are getting a look at the library's server room, located in the sub-basement.

Peering in at the TCCL Server Room at Central Library

By a little after 12:30, everyone was back in the shuttle and the van for the trip to Claremore for a visit to the Will Rogers Memorial.  Here we were met by Andy, a docent at the Memorial.

Meeting the docent at the Will Roger Memorial

Andy put on a wonderful presentation on the life of Will Rogers, from birth to death, even demonstrating some of Will's rope tricks.

Learning about Will Rogers

Andy even helped the campers try some for themselves.

Learning a rope trick

By a little after 3:00 everyone was pretty much ready to return to Tulsa, but not before a group portrait with Will himself.

Group photo at the Will Rogers Memorial

Next stop was back on the TU campus, at McFarlin Library.  We headed straight to the computer lab where Tiffany Benson was waiting for us.  Every afternoon during the week, Tiffany will teach the campers about such things as blogging, digital scrap-booking, and photo editing.  Hopefully they will be able to put together some online memories of their week at library camp.

Computer time with Tiffany Benson at McFarlin Library

After finishing at McFarlin, we headed to Hardesty Regional Library for the final stop of the day.  The Hardesty Friends provided a great pasta dinner.  Afterward, everyone headed to "Connor's Cove", Hardesty's very cool children's theater.  Here we met professional musician Arthur Thompson.  Arthur has performed with Tom Braxton, Wayman Tisdale, Toby Keith and others, in addition to releasing his own CD's and authoring several books for children.

Arthur Thompson

Arthur is the most amazing drummer you can imagine, specializing in drum circles using African hand drums.  First, he introduced the basics of drumming, demonstrating how to strike the drum in different ways to produce different sounds.

Arthur Thompson shows off his drumming skills

Then he called all the campers up onto the stage in a big circle.  Everyone had their own drum or other percussion instrument.

The drumming circle

The photograph below doesn't do justice to the energy being expended in the drumming or the incredible sound being produced.  It was not a quiet night at Hardesty Library!

The drumming circle in action

No one wanted the drum circle to end (except for the adults whose aging ears are still ringing), but we headed back to TU and LaFortune House for a couple of free hours before bed.  Several of the girls decided they wanted to kick around a soccer ball in Mabee Gym's indoor soccer field. 

Indoor soccer

I think they had fun, but they didn't last too long because it's not air-conditioned!

More photos tomorrow.  We'll be visiting Borders Bookstore, the TU Child Development Center for a chance to read to some 3 and 4 year-olds, the Kaiser Library for lunch, and a visit to TCCL's Genealogy Center for an afternoon of family history research with Kathy Huber.  Oh, and it's also going to be pool night!

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