First item on the agenda: if you're reading WeeHermione in a feed, I encourage you to take a quick peek over at the home site. I've had quite the redesign (very, very overdue, much like the library books I always have out) and want to preen a little. Thanks, Kelsey!
In addition to changing the face of the blog, it's been a bit of a crazy two and a half weeks around here as far as life is concerned. We managed to land the unicorn of all Craigslist unicorns -- a HUGEGANTIC house in a good area that allows two herding dogs, has a washer, dryer, dishwasher, fenced backyard, and an abundance of bees.
Soon though. Let me just say that there's a second bedroom that's yellow and came with a tiny closet full of tiny baby-sized hangers, so I feel like this place couldn't have found anyone better than us to take up residence in this little nest. Unless we were actual bees.
Oh right, the bees I mentioned. There *are* a lot of bees. I'm beginning to wonder if we got this place at such a surprising rental price (I feel like we're the riff-raff moving into this neighborhood, and that is not at all hyperbole there) because people died from bee allergies or something. It's like, oh, hello three bees buzzing about my windowpane! I'm honestly worried there's a hive in the woodwork somewhere. Or else someone's doing some urban beekeeping, which would be all well and good if they had more space in which to do it? I'll be the first to say I've got a keen interest in beekeeping so bees don't scare me or anything like that, thank goodness. I've got a legitimate interest in the practice. Buuuuuut, the fact that they're in my house is what's a bit more concerning. I've always assumed that urban beekeeping wouldn't really bother neighbors because it's not like the bees are hanging out *right there* all day, right? If anybody has any natural remedies for bee-exorcism I'm all ears.
Speaking of bees, my new job (I'm an assistant branch manager now) is the bee's knees. I've spent a good deal of time getting to research programming ideas like maker projects. Libraries are super into makerspaces at the moment. They're really a very logical extension from the idea that libraries are storehouses of knowledge and information. Creating a "maker" culture is simply extending the knowledge into doing. So, in addition to having books on weaving, we could incorporate a weaving activity (a fairly low-tech example). We have a 3D printer and robotics, too, on the higher-tech end of the maker spectrum.
Lots of crafts out there can really be tooled into maker projects the foster engineering and critical thinking skills. So many kids-craft sites out there just throw down a template and that's basically the craft: cutting out the template, gluing stuff on other stuff. Maker projects have the distinction of building a skill-set, or working to solve a problem, or invent a way of doing something. One project I found involved giving kids some straws, Lifesavers, pieces of paper and various ephemera, and asking them to build cars whatever way they want (ie, no template), which they would then race by blowing them across the floor. Or there are projects like Rube Goldberg machines. I love the idea of fostering creativity in crafts by pushing kids (and adults, since makerspace culture can be adult-friendly too) to think a bit and solve a problem with their craft activity, instead of just sticking some googly eyes and glitter on something and calling it a day. The fact that I get paid in part to think about this stuff and help put it into action still makes me happy at the end of the day.
Also, apparently I'm having a baby in