The Peninsula Library offers summer programs for children twice a week. I’ve known this for years; the parking lot overflows Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer.
My grandchildren love libraries and seem especially fond of the Peninsula library. They all have been in to transfer their ClevNet cards to the library and be introduced around to the staff.
I’m in the library at least every two weeks, on township business (a public place to post township minutes [Ohio Revised Code]) and I’m often stopped at the desk by “I have books on hold for Emily (Laura, Hamilton)” and I leave with a sack of books. In between I return sacks of books.
Earlier this spring the librarian in charge of children’s programs stopped me and asked if Emily would be interested in volunteering for the summer. “Of course she would,” her grandmother replied. And, she was.
The job is keeping small children interested, involved, focused and fed, all in ninety minutes. It starts half an hour earlier, set up, and ends half an hour later, clean up. The director of the library says the job title is Kid Wrangler.
Last week there was a magician. Today the Akron Zoo was there with half a dozen animals for the children to admire. Laura told me all the names, but, of course, I can’t remember. Emily said they put out fifty cups and used forty seven plus one kid who didn't have a snack, and that's how they count kids.
In two weeks Emily has been asked to help out at another volunteer job, and given a library job application to have on file in the event a paying summer job opens.
I drop them on my way to work. They walk two blocks to the town hall when Emily is done, and we come home for lunch.
The kid wrangler and her skippy little sister; one to work and one to be in the audience.