Sea Mobile for 170 Library Patrons

This summer our Children’s Services Librarian came up with a neat sea themed mobile program that we offered all summer. We designed a mobile with 14 unique sea creatures, and a frame of wave crossbars to suspend them from. The Teen Services staff did the art and cutting for the project, and we worked together on the engineering to make certain it wouldn’t require extra fixtures to hold together and wouldn’t collapse under the weight of these delightful creatures.

We had 170 patrons participate in this project; with some signing up even during the last few days of the program. Each week they would come to the library to pick up a packet of supplies so they could decorate and add the contents to their mobile.

Because the pandemic caused us to cancel our normally scheduled programming The Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL) allowed us to divert a bunch of our activity budget to this project. Now that it is done they will start selling them as a fundraising activity. The version they will offer will have a FOWL ornament included.

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Excellent project

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What a great community project for your island library.

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Looks like a fun project for everyone .

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What a wonderful project! I hope do do well with these.

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Very cool…

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What a great way to bring your community together :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Wow this is awesome!

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Love all the color, variety, and the waves.

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We encouraged patrons to use whatever they could think of to decorate their mobile. Buttons, sequins, glitter paint, real shells they’ve picked off the beach, bits of driftwood, and so-forth. In all it has been pretty successful; they all say they love it, but surprisingly few will send in pictures of their completed project.

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We had folks come in to the library just because they saw so many folks passing through. It did a good job at bringing attention to what we have to offer.

Also, I made a huge version of it, where the waves/crossbars, and the whale, were as wide as a full sheet. We’ve hung it unpainted in the library.

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