I'm pretty much exhausted, but fairly proud of myself.
The Literacy Fair went well. The kids started to be pretty wild at the end. I wish I had had more volunteers to calm them down with. The people who DID show up were awesome though. The centers were much loved, especially my shaving cream center-- which, while not being quite so educable, was fun for the children. Lots of people made journals and bookmarks. We didn't really get a chance to do the SMART moves like we had intended (and that I spent a LOT of time on) but it was okay.
Deborah made a great clown. She got the same questions I got last time I was a clown for an event like this: "Are you a real clown or are you a fake clown?" I'm sorry, what's the difference? Are clowns a species, like dogs? I also mentioned to one kid that the clown was my sister. He looked shocked and asked me..."Was she born that way?" I said yes and moved on.
Families ate together (which is probably a fairly rare thing) so that was also a success. And of course, we had a fairly large attendance (69 people signed in, but more than that were there, since many people didn't sign in their children). Everyone went home with a book (which is absolutely wonderful), and we gave out a ton of door prizes, including gift certificates, walkie talkies, and stuffed animals.
I also had the LVLC set up a table, Adult Ed set up a table, and.... as I was leaving the library yesterday, I ran into a man who asked me "Are you a registered voter? Will you sign this?" It was about putting more money to stop children from smoking, so of course I did, and we got into a conversation about registering to vote-- and I asked him if he just plan registered people, and would come to my fair that night, and he said he would! So he was there, registering voters. Yay :)
I let Ellen know that I wasn't really ready to organize something of this magnitude again any time soon