Migraines and Summer Reading Games

Yes, I know, that’s kind of a crazy title. It got you reading more, didn’t it? 😉

This past weekend was almost a washout. I had a migraine both days (still do actually tho’ the pain is dull – damn heat and humidity).

Saturday, I had things that I really had to do. I volunteered Saturday morning (I’ll talk about where I volunteer another time) and thankfully my head wasn’t hurting too much yet.

Saturday afternoon, I had a “Celebration of life” party for a friend who passed away last month. We were college roommates way back when and then found each other on Facebook. Migraine or no migraine, there was no way I was missing that. I was glad I went. I was able to see another friend that I don’t get to see often and meet his family. The party was just beautiful. Ange was a huge sports fan so it was all decorated in her sports team colors – the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Red Wings, University of Michigan football, and the Detroit Tigers. They roasted a whole pig, had a bouncy house for the kiddos, plus horseshoes and other outdoor games. I’m really glad I went even if being out in the sun made my head hurt worse.

Sunday was definitely a washout. I stayed in bed most of the day. I finally got up around 5pm, watched some NCIS: New Orleans and sorted out a few papers. Even today, I don’t feel real great, but that’s going to be par for the course this week since it’s supposed to be in the upper 80s/low 90s almost all week here in Michigan. Yippie.

On the other hand, this week is kind of exciting. The library I work for has a HUGE Summer Game. It goes far beyond the “normal” Summer Reading program. There’s the classic game where kids read ten books and teens read five books and they each get a free book to keep. Adults read five books and get a fine forgiveness coupon. Then there’s the extended game. The extended game includes scavenger hunts in the library branches and in the library catalog for codes. You can submit those codes for points and then when the summer game shop opens, you can spend those points on things such as tote bags, picnic blankets, hats, t-shirts, etc. Sometimes the clues and scavenger hunts will take you out into the community to our local parks or specific neighborhoods. It’s TONS of fun and very addicting. Every event has a code throughout the summer as well, so the more events you attend, the more codes you can get! The more codes you get, the more points you get. The more points you get, the more you can get from the shop. It’s so much fun and I’m excited about it starting again! 🙂

It’s a LOT of work for many of my fellow librarians but as a patron, it’s just tons and tons of fun and I’m appreciative of all the work my colleagues put into it.

Does your library have anything fun for Summer Reading? Are you planning on anything else fun for the summer? 🙂

 

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