Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Librarian has the Best Summer Ever with the FCPL Summer Challenge: Part 7

by Fae Giffen, Community Librarian 

Hi! My name is Fae and I’m a Community Librarian for Fresno County Public Library. I’m determined to have the best summer ever by doing the Fresno County Public Library Summer Challenge and sharing my experiences with you on this blog.

#24 Try a new food.

This one was actually a challenge for me. I’m a notoriously adventurous eater. If its food, I’ll pretty much eat it. Sure I have my weird exceptions (mayonnaise makes me gag), but for the most part I like food. I like food a lot. Normally this is a good thing, because I never worry that I won’t find anything I want to eat at a restaurant or that I won’t like any of the food at a party. In this case, that sort of caused some problems. The entire WOW office actually had a brainstorming session about this. It went something like this:

Best friend’s birthday party. Good, a little chewy.

Dinner with friends a couple of years ago.

Last night on toast, with cheese. You should try it.

Yum, so good. Why? Do you have any?

I was beginning to become a little concerned this challenge might best me and I would have to report on my sad failure. It turns out the answer was a trip to San Francisco--and bugs. I was wandering the pier at the right time and stumbled across a booth selling snacks made of bugs.
This one was my favorite. 

Chocolate covered crickets taste a little like a Krackle bar.

I followed up with a spicy cricket.

Then, a spicy worm. So this one--well, this one took me a minute to work up to. It looked a little off-putting, but was actually pretty good.

#10 Design a personal logo.

I’ll admit this was not my favorite challenge. I’m not artistic at all. Not even the tiniest bit. I can’t draw a straight line. My stick figures are unrecognizable. I color outside the lines. Not on purpose to be rebellious or anything, but just because I can’t color inside the lines. I sat down and tried to design a personal logo several times and just came up blank. I finally ended up googling “create a personal logo” out of frustration. The search results directed me to a website where you put in your name, choose a font, and out pops a logo. Cheating? You bet! Here’s what they came up with. What do you think? Yeah, I’m not crazy about it either.

#25 Read or write a poem.

September 24, 2009
by James Tyner

Four hours of work paid for this.
A lady sits to my left, hair like plastic,
coifed with hours of hairspray, hours
of time.  I hear her whispering
about our clothes, words like ratty
and poor.  I rip cubes of beef
with my fingers, let cooked juices
and pepper roll down my fingers
to the edges of my wife’s lips.
If she hears, I can’t tell.  But she tears
shrimp from kabobs, pulls the looped flesh
over to me, shares what is on her plate.
We don’t know what merlot means,
or cabernet, but we have the dark one,
a glass of the blood-colored wine
for each of us.  There is just this
moment, the black decor of the restaurant,
the angled stares of people, the group
of teens to our left flipping through blackberrys,
through photos stored on cell phones,
plates heavy with uneaten food.  I let it all go.
I keep only the crunch of grilled vegetables,
the tang of the wine, spoons dipping
into dessert, my wife kissing
off a spot I missed with my napkin.

#22 Read something by a local author.

You just did. James Tyner is not only a local author, but he is also the first Poet Laureate of Fresno and a FCPL staff member, who has generously agreed to allow some of this work to be shared in this blog. Thank you, James.

#8 Mail a letter to a friend.

It was really more of a Thank You note, but I’m a big believer in the Thank You note. It takes about five minutes to let someone know you appreciate them and everyone likes getting something nice in the mail. Now that the post office has Disney villain stamps, note writing is better than ever.

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