|Director for a Day - 2013|
This summer, children across Whatcom County entered their names in a drawing for a one-of-a-kind opportunity: serve as Whatcom County Library System’s Director for a Day.
Eight-year old Spencer, a Kendall Elementary School student and Deming Library regular, won the honor. I had the pleasure of spending several hours with Spencer on August 30. Some highlights: a cheese pizza lunch to start the day with plenty of energy; then a drive past “the Hobbit House” on Axton Road (Spencer recently read Tolkien’s classic with his family). Next, we took a ferry over to Lummi Island, where Library Trustee Lis Marshall gave Spencer a tour of the renovations in progress at the Island Library. Library staff showed Spencer the temporary library set up in a portable. His assessment: “This is the best small library I’ve been to.”
Then we went to Ferndale, where we inspected heavy equipment on the building site of the new Ferndale Public Library and presented a Library Page with a congratulatory milk shake for excellent service. We ended the day with a tour of the bookmobile and some time with our Children’s Librarians reviewing the selection process for graphic novels. “You need a wider selection of Garfield books,” Spencer advised.
Throughout the day, Spencer was a cheerful ambassador for the library district, willingly posing for numerous photos. He ended by posting a message on our staff intranet awarding all staff the following Monday off (it was Labor Day). Smart fellow!