Captain’s Blog: Stardate 11907.26

Another quiet week at the library. There was DnD club, which was rough this time due to some of the teens breaking some of the rules. I helped the person running it, but some of the teens were just acting out, which made it hard for the whole group to participate.

I have been bringing in my crochet projects recently, and it has been nice to show the teens how to crochet and talk about their own crafting projects. My time is coming to a close there, which is sad, but I am just trying to finish up what I have left in the next two weeks.

That is about it.

-George

Captain’s Blog: Stardate 11907.21 (Part 2)

What else happened this week, besides it being deathly slow, was I put on my program! It was a one shot horror RPG, where teens were trying to escape the Ground Floor space.

I was worried because only one teen was there for the program, since most of them were out of town for the summer. Eventually though, I convinced a group of DnD regulars to come play, so we had a total of 5 players. It was so fun and went really well. It was a number of teens that got loud on occasion, but I was easily able to reign it back so we could keep playing. They were all funny and creative and I had a great time playing with them all!

I’d say my first library program was a success!

-George

Captain’s Blog: Stardate 11907.21 (Part 1)

The past week was very slow. Most of the teens are gone for vacations and things, and according to my boss July is notoriously a slow month. There wasn’t a lot to do in the space, but it gave me some time to talk with teens I didn’t usually get to. Played some board games and hung out a lot. Honestly, there is not a lot going on, making this hard to write.

Working on my final program to turn in, which is going well. That is about it.

-George

Captain’s Blog: Stardate 11907.12

The week after I returned from vacation and it was another quiet week at the space, although a couple of interesting things came up. Missed everyone there so much, but I was so tired.

First off, just finished my program for next week and am working on the final program that I am going to turn in. Also made slime with the teens which was fun, and messy.

For the interesting things, the first was a few religious representatives approached some teens in the lobby and gave them pamphlets and books. It was obvious a few of them were very uncomfortable, but, after discussing it with security, the teens had allowed the religious representatives to sit with them, which meant we could not intervene. Eventually, we discussed with the teens the rules of the library, including that nobody can recruit or give pamphlets in the library. We will see if they return.

The second was a parent who explained their teen was having mental health issues and was seeking treatments that the parent didn’t believe were helping. The parent said that they did not believe their child was ill and were looking for other resources in the community for their teen to talk to other teens. I gave that one to my boss, who did give some resources, but it was the first time I had to talk with a parent whose beliefs went against mine and I had to see how to deal with that.

Finally, a teen used a racial slur in the space, and I saw how we deal with that at MCPL. It is reported to security and the teen is banned for 6 months. Actually, beyond calling security, the staff usually keeps out of that so security can step in.

Well that is about it.

-George