To continue this amazing project, I spent a couple hours yesterday working on the closet downstairs as well. The socks and underwear are now in large rubbermaid boxes and tshirts are organized by size in rubbermaid drawers under our rack of button down shirts, blazers, sweaters, and belts. While this was happening, a volunteer was giving our bulletin board a makeover. The papers were all falling apart and ripping and I don't think anyone even knew what was posted up there. I'll put pictures of this too, since it looks so great. Actually, it would be better to put a before and after picture so I have a better idea. This volunteer also cut out a bunch of little pumpkins from construction paper and had people write something they are thankful for on the pumpkins. I think this is the sweetest idea ever, I LOVE it! It's so amazing to see people writing that they are thankful for their kids, their lives, being sober, having friends, and so much more. Staff is participating too, so we're having fun with it! Yes...if you look very closely you can see that I am thankful for "Hockey season and books." But you have to have AMAZING eyesight to find it, good luck.
Other things I should mention before I get on with my job and start doing things that are productive...if you have not been to the Niantic Book Barn, you MUST go. Unless you don't read, then don't go. It's this magical little land that enchances the best days and brightens the bad ones. There are about 6 different barns and 1 big building at this place and the books are separated by genre. There's "Ellis Island" for unsorted books, a barn called Hades for chick lit, cozy mysteries, travel, and mysteries authors A-G, then you follow the bath and signs to the Haunted Bookshop for mystery authors H-Z. Then you can go to The Annex for novels and poetry and you'll find the most beautiful old copies of classics by Mark Twain, Jonathon Swift, John Steinbeck, and then endless copies of Khalil Gibran writings that tend to have notes written in the covers as friends and loved ones gift these arts to one another with some thoughts to take with them. You'll also find an extensive array of girly romance books, that I have to admit, are a guilty pleasure of mine. Keep walking to The Last Page and you'll find books on sports, animals, and earth science (trying to identify that tree in your back yard? Is it a red maple or a white oak? Maybe training for a marathon or learning to speed skate?) I prefer to end at the Main Barn, though I'm sure many people like to begin the adventure there. In the Main Barn you'll find military history, first edition copies of classic authors (there's this gorgeous copy of Oscar Wilde's writings I've had my eye on), encyclopedia collections, gardening and art, and then upstairs you'll find young adult books, test preparation guides, true crime (too cool!), languages, psychology, sociology including poverty (there was a book there yesterday called In Service to America and it was the history of VISTA in Arkansas between 1965-1985, really? so awesome!), inspirational books, medical guides, writing guides, dictionaries, and books about books. The dirt paths are strewn with red and orange leaves, the Halloween decorations are up, there are string lights along each barn so you can navigate titles in the dark, and there are about 10 cats too, which always enhance one's relationship with literature.
Because that had anything to do with my job. Stay tuned for a post of the housing market soon, after the Connecticut Housing Coalition Conference last week and The Day publishing an article based on the Partnership for Strong Communities about housing afforability, it's a fairly prominent issue that needs some community attention.