This summer I had the opportunity to work at the Niles Public library as an intern. I was not sure what to expect when I came in my first day. Was I just going to get a job and do that for the next three hours? Maybe help volunteers at the Children’s Summer Reading Program? Well, it was a bit more chaotic than that. Rather than do one job for the next three hours, I was assigned four different jobs. Once I completed one task, I went to Ms. Debbie ready for the next one. The next day that I came in, I was asked to do some paperwork, which I did, and then help with balloon animals. Yes, balloon animals. There was an event in the Children’s Department where kids could ask for balloon creations and face paint. I was not asked to make any balloon creations but I did help blow up a couple of the balloons. I was incredibly bad at that so thankfully I was moved to the face paint. That was definitely more my speed. I had a lot of fun that day drawing superhero masks on children’s faces and adding a little of my own creative spin on it.
The following days had a bit more structure. For the most part I worked on Evanced and logged in children who had registered for the summer reading program. I gained a new respect for all my teachers from grade school because trying to read a child’s handwriting was not easy. But I liked doing it.
Being organized is a feeling that I love and being able to help the Children’s Department lighten their load, even if it was only a little, made me feel good. Of course this was not the only thing I did. I worked on the Playbill script, which was great fun. Everyone who worked on the script was amazingly talented and funny and I feel that I learned to improve my own writing skills after listening in.
I helped Ms. Clara with the Children’s Writing Program, which I have to say was my favorite part. I was part of the fifth and sixth grade program on Wednesdays and the kids in there just blew my mind. I mean these kids really loved to write; they weren’t just there because their parent said they had to be there (not to say that didn’t play a factor). I took away lessons on how to write trickster tales (which was the theme of the program) and left with more ideas than I can write about.
These were only some of the things I did, and I still feel that I have so much more to say. I had a great experience working here over the summer and I hope I get to do something like this again in my near future.
Niles Public Library’s summer intern program was sponsored by YALSA and made possible by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Read more.