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.
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.
Sarah introduced the campers to the concept of cataloging, which she described as "bringing order out of chaos".
After finishing at the Service Center we headed to Central Library in downtown Tulsa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andy put on a wonderful presentation on the life of Will Rogers, from birth to death, even demonstrating some of Will's rope tricks.
Andy even helped the campers try some for themselves.
By a little after 3:00 everyone was pretty much ready to return to Tulsa, but not before a group portrait with Will himself.
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.
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 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.
Then he called all the campers up onto the stage in a big circle. Everyone had their own drum or other percussion instrument.
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!
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.
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!