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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Services Librarian