NY Libraries at the State Fair

For the second year in a row, the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) coordinated a library booth at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. They solicited volunteers through local listservs and I signed up. With the state fair lasting 12 days, with 12 hours per day, filling all the shifts with 2-people each was a tall order, but librarians across the state came through.

 

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When I arrived for my first shift, I was impressed at the scope of the booth. We had a spinning wheel, accompanied by trivia questions about fairy tales for passers-by. It definitely attracted attention and gave us an easy opening to start talking to people.

 

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We also had a balloon display of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” created by Jeff the Magic Man, who had donated his time to help CLRC. After a few days on display, the head had burst, so during part of my shift Jeff had come by to do some repairs.

 

 

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At our booth we also had brochures promoting various library services, some of which you are undoubtedly familiar with already from WNYLRC’s involvement, namely Ask Us 24/7 and New York Heritage.

 

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We also had a board with another image of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, where we encouraged people to take a selfie and tag it #nylibs. CLRC also posted several of the photos to their Twitter account.

 

Based on the number of people who came by on my shifts alone, I believe the booth was a success, and hopefully part of a continuing tradition for our state.

Jaclyn McKewan
Digital Services Librarian
WNYLRC

 

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