So, this is happening tomorrow. Stoked! My library just finished processing Watkins’ book, and I’ve been having fun flipping through its gorgeous silkscreened pages. Propaganda? Freak Power?? Check.
The best part has been going around to museums & galleries in town to tell them about the event. They unfailingly say something like: “Oh, I remember DJ’s lawn mowing service from when he was a little boy!” “Our community watched DJ grow up.” I love it when people come back home. Welcome home, DJ — we’ll see you tomorrow night at the library!
I wanted to tell you all about my library’s Thrifty Gifter workshops all in one shot, but then I blew it last week when I got too excited to hold back any longer.
Last Tuesday and Thursday we had our third installment of crafty events: Metalworked Bookmarks! This was the largest of any of the Thrifty Gifter workshops, with 40 total students sawing, punching and hammering all at the same time. We made some serious noise. Lessons learned? My library’s auditorium is surprisingly soundproof. Also? Although the class worked well and most people wrote that they loved it, next time I would keep the size down to 25 or 30.
This was our most diverse group yet, with teenage twin sisters, fathers and sons, little old ladies who were best friends. Continue reading →