It's Saturday, July 24 and the Oklahoma Library Association's 2010 Information Matrix Camp has come to an end.
The morning began a little after 8:00 with a breakfast of muffins, bagels, donuts, juice and milk provided by Andy Lupardus and Laurie Sundborg.
Two thumbs up. Must mean it was awesome.
Then it was time to pack up, clean rooms and, most importantly, sign t-shirts.
At 9:00 the campers gathered in the 2nd floor classroom, which had been the camp's computer lab, for one last get-together. Sharon Saulmon led the group in a "debriefing", asking them what they liked best about camp, what they liked least, and suggestions for next year.
Everyone was curious as to the purpose of the pile of "goodies" on the floor. Turned out they were prizes for the last activity of the camp: a quiz. Sharon asked questions related to the libraries and museums we had visited as well as on other library-related topics.
A correct answer meant you got to pick your prize.
In the end, everyone got to pick a prize.
By that time it was almost 10:00 and parents began to arrive to take the campers back home for a well deserved rest. Keys were turned in (nobody lost one!), bags carried out, and the dorm was soon empty and quiet.
It was a great week. Lots of things to see and do. And for those of us who love libraries, it was a chance to share that love with an incredible group of young people. We planted some seeds this week, of that I'm sure. Perhaps a few of those seeds will one day sprout into the next generation of librarians. All, I have no doubt, will grow to be patrons and supporters. After they get a good rest, of course.