Georgetown branch has a long-standing program (almost 10 years strong!): Family Fun Night. Every Monday night from 7 to 8, we have a variety of activities and crafts for families with kids of all ages. Each week is a different thing to try — sometimes it’s board games, sometimes we make mustaches or do face painting. And while we have several regulars who hang with us weekly, we see lots of different faces. Last week, we did Q-tip painting and had a blast!
This week, we had planned a theme of Paint a Mini Pumpkin. I was planning to buy an armload of the tiny pumpkins — the ones you can hold in your palm. I didn’t want them to rot before we had a chance to use them, so I waited to purchase them. But when I went to purchase them, they were out. I drove to a few different stores but there were none to be found.
Planning is hard
Last week we had a total of nine people, and a normal crowd for Family Fun Night is 30 people (kids and adults). So I figured if I bought the 10 remaining pie pumpkins at the store and 10 more gourds that we would have enough for each kid to paint one item. I got the paints and brushes ready. And kids started to show up. And more kids. And more kids. And more! Our lobby was full of kids waiting to paint pumpkins. I did not have nearly enough to go around.
My co-workers are awesome
My co-workers rallied with me. Jon dashed off to the store to buy more gourds. We brought out paper and foam pumpkins and scissors. We squeezed out paint for the waiting tables, handed out brushes, and encouraged kids to get down and get creative. Each child’s name was written on a slip of paper and we had a drawing for the pumpkins and gourds we did have available. Some generous kids who did win a pumpkin opted out and let another child have a chance at getting one. Jon drove to four stores before he found a place that had gourds for sale and got them back before the end of the program.
Our patrons are awesome
I was obviously not prepared for the crowd that we had. But not a single person complained. Parents encouraged their kids to have fun painting paper plates and cutting out paper pumpkins. Grown-ups helped us pass out supplies and gather up the raffle slips. There was creativity and community spirit and helpfulness and laughing and understanding and so much fun. I am so thankful for the generosity of our families and their ability to be flexible and work with what we had available. The kids in the room tonight learned that sometimes you just have to make the most of what you have. And I learned that the Georgetown Branch Library — its patrons and workers — ROCKS.