I keep seeing old program reminders pop up on my calendar, ghosts of a spring that had to happen differently. That makes me a bit sad, but then I remember that it didn't stop the library from reaching out to people. We've just had to do it differently.
It's been a while since I've posted on this blog, because I've been busy working on summer programs. Since everything is online this year, that has meant figuring out what we can offer and how to make it work. Some programs we've offered in the past are going online, and new program ideas are being tried. All of our procedures have changed for everything from ordering books to how we communicate with one another.
We're redoing Summer Reading Club to be all online for most patrons, but we're trying to offer a library-assisted method for people who can't go online to log their books. We're trying hard to make it all work, but it takes time to learn how to do this. We're building on what's been done in other places and talking about how to make it work in Batavia.
The library is talking about opening our book drops and offering curbside service soon, which means we're figuring out behind the scenes how to make that happen in the safest way possible. It gives me hope that we're finding ways to work together, even remotely.
So what gives you hope right now? Here's a small photo album showing a few of mine.
I love seeing the chalk drawings on people's sidewalks. I saw this artist working on a chalk drawing on the sidewalk leading up to an apartment building, and a couple of days later, we went by again and I saw the finished drawing. I love seeing little bits of beauty like that drawing shared with the world. That act of drawing gives me hope, even if the work has been washed away by now.
Even in the midst of chaos, sadness, anger, and fear, there are moments like this that remind me of the good people and good things still in the world, if only we take the time to look for them and to share them with others. In a normal spring, would the artist have taken the time to draw that? Would I have taken time to notice?
Other things I've noticed:
People setting out holiday decorations in their yard, like giant flamingos or even Halloween decorations.
A food pantry in someone's front yard, with more boxes and bags dropped off every time we go by.
Someone near our house has been displaying a new flag of the day in their yard with a note explaining which country or organization the flag is from. The two in my photo album are from the nation of Georgia (red cross on white background) and Vietnam (yellow star on red background).
Signs of caring, like a virtual hug.
How about you? What have you noticed this spring?