The below blog post was written by Hunter, a Make Do Share Intern at our Manchester location, and includes his reflections and experiences as an intern. Make Do Share internships are supported by a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and provide teens and young adults (ages 16-25) with the opportunity to gain real world job experience while developing 21st century skills. They also help to make the Library's youth STEM programs more awesome!
My name is Hunter and I have lived in the Manchester area since 2007, when I moved from Michigan. Since around 2014, I have been volunteering at the Manchester location of the Kitsap Regional Library and assisting the Youth Services Librarian with children’s programming. Just recently, I graduated from both Vashon Island High School and Olympic College and now hold an Associate of Arts Degree. I will begin classes at Central Washington University this fall and I am on track to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in history before the end of the decade.
Interning at Kitsap Regional Library was a no brainer for me. I craved a more intellectual job than I previously had which was the monotonous and laborious job of washing dishes. When the Manchester Youth Services Librarian approached me and said, and I am paraphrasing, “we will have a summer intern position open, we encourage you to apply,” I could not wait for the job opening. I jumped on the chance to work at the library I have attended since I was in 3rd Grade.
Throughout my internship, I have been involved in the planning and execution of many children’s programs, like a Minecraft Party, the Books and Building STEM program, and the Summer Reading Kickoff. I never realized how much planning and setup was involved in some of the programs, and much of it was tiresome and boring, but, after seeing the children interact with each other and become interested and self-starting, it was all worth it. The best program that I co-facilitated was the Books and Building STEM program. The participants read the book James and the Giant Peach and then were told to choose an issue in the book and engineer a solution to the problem.
The main project that I have worked on throughout my internship revolves around STEM and how to apply that to the community. I chose to design a children's program that relates to the interesting histories of several everyday objects, and I gave it the title of Historia Tech, which means Tech History in Latin. The program delves into the history of several everyday objects, like televisions and motion pictures, which then would have a fun activity relating to those objects, like acting out a sit-com style skit or making a flip book. In addition to fun activities, there would be examples of historical objects around the room, like a record player that I would have play several different songs on, some old movie cameras, and even a VHS tape player (which is no longer in the popular vernacular of the day. Some children have never heard of a tape…). The goal of my program would be to increase the historical interest and curiosity of the children and add some humor to dry dates and dead people with colorful headshots (colored by me) and chuckle worthy anecdotes.
I will certainly miss working here at the library as the experience has been very enlightening and helpful for my future career as a middle to high school teacher. My only regret while in this position will be leaving.