Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Librarian has the Best Summer Ever with the FCPL Summer Challenge: Part 8

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.

#39 Volunteer in your community.

Volunteering isn’t as simple as you might think. Lots of bigger charities and non-profits have an application process they ask you to go through before becoming involved. It’s important to remember that if you’re completing volunteer hours for a work or school assignment and to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get started. Services like Volunteer Match can help you find the right volunteer opportunity. However, volunteering can start closer to home. Offer to help your family, friends, or neighbors. Everyone needs a little assistance from time to time and it’s a good way to show your appreciation for all the help you receive. This week, I volunteered to drive my niece to a birthday party so my sister in law could catch up on her studies. She got a head start on her paper and I got to spend some quality time with one of my favorite people.

#5 Play a board game.

What do librarians do on our time off? We get together and play board games! On Saturday night there was a rousing game of 1990s Trivial Pursuit to be had and we didn’t even cheat by looking up the answers! We did, however, tell some pretty good stories of our own adventures during the decade of grunge. For instance, I wore knock off Dr Martens to my High School graduation, because...well it was the 90s.

#23 Play a board game.

There was also an epic game of Candyland. We ran out of pieces so we had to steal some from Trivial Pursuit. I was Kurt Cobain. We lost out to the green Candy person.

#35 Attend a community event.

The next time you’re sitting around thinking that there isn’t anything to do in Fresno, give Art Hop a try. It’s a completely free way to check out the art scene in Fresno. Once a month, different areas of town host events that showcase local talent. They're fun, free, and there's food! I’m lucky enough to live right next to the Downtown Art Hop so it’s easy for me to enjoy. Whichever Art Hop you choose, I highly recommend getting out and seeing what the art community of Fresno has to offer.

#4 Visit a park.

What’s the best way to enjoy your neighborhood park when it’s unreasonably hot outside? With a giant snow cone. And I ate it all.

#26 Participate in a library program.

As a librarian I participate in programs all the time, and sometimes I even get to run them. There are so many fabulous events going on that it can be hard to keep up with each and every one. Luckily we’ve put together a handy calendar to help you out. You can search by program type, branch location, or age group to find the right events for you. Don’t forget that pre-registering helps us gauge interest in each event and make sure we have enough supplies. See you there!

#7 Visit the library with a friend.

They’re my niece and nephew, but they’re also my buddies and they came to visit me at the library.

#9 Get crafty…Make something.

Remember last week when I said I’m not artistic? Well, I’m still not. Spray painting furniture is about crafty as I get. I do like how it turned out though, and I really like not having to pay for new patio furniture.
That's all, Fresno County! We hope you enjoyed following along with Fae's adventures and creating some memories of your own during this year's Summer Challenge!

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