WE DID IT!: '100 by Summer' Made 140+ Sign-ups!
I had already shelved my books and was busy helping customers. It was just another regular day. But, I noticed something. A lot of the customers who I had engaged with did NOT own a library card. How could this be? Then I remember saying, “100 by Summer.” This was in March.
My vision for “100 by Summer” was to develop an initiative that could provide opportunities for greater library access. As a Library Associate, I get to experience, first-hand, the amazing resources DC Public Library offers. We have a beautiful and diverse collection of print and electronic literature, cozy meeting room spaces, and our online language learner (Mango) is quite neat. Guess what? That little library card gives you access to all three of those resources… and more.
So on April 15, “100 by Summer” was launched. I visited schools, children’s organizations, senior citizen facilities, and community events - all to put library cards into the hands of Washingtonians. Benning Library’s (fantastic) circulation staff was also a great help - they assisted patrons in retrieving library cards within our physical library location. By June 21 - our official deadline - we had 140+ library card sign-ups. We exceeded our goal and supported the growth of the DC community. I can not tell you how proud I am.
I would like to give a special thank you to a special group of people. I really appreciate your efforts.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington
Neval Thomas Elementary School
Carver Senior Apartments
Virgil Armstrong (Adult Librarian, Benning)
Madeline McKee (Children’s Librarian, Benning)
Franklin Owens (Library Technician, Benning)
Jasmine Wolfe (Library Technician, Benning)
Jennifer Gross (Library Technician, Benning)
Darryl Johnson (Library Technician, Benning)
Glenn Allen (Library Technician, Benning)
Cheyenne Dohawk (Library Technician, Benning)
Never underestimate the power of a small thought. This small thought can do big things. “100 by Summer” taught me that.
*Photo: The lovely ladies of the Carver Senior Apartments and myself.