Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kosher Marshmallows and Car Doors

Today was supposed to be one of those grueling 12 hour days, spending the first 8 hours in Circ and then driving over to Twin Hickory for the last 3 for their TAB meeting. However, fate had other ideas, or more specifically, my husband's car door had other ideas. The moral of this story is that its really hard to type or shelve books when your pointer finger is an interesting shade of purple. So, I went home early to nap and ice up before the TAB meeting.

Before setting the room for the TAB, AM and I had a brief meeting with the head of YA services about some opportunities for me to use the TW VolunTeens for some research and focus groups. The details are still a bit up in the air, but I will have lots more to share about this exciting opportunity real soon!

Lastly, was the TW TAB, which of course was really different from the Northside group that meets here at DU and NP. We only had 9 kids show up, but they were a good group. The first 10 to 15 minutes were spent having them help pick the YA Leasebooks. The rest of the night was spend doing a team building exercise. We split them into three groups of three and gave each one of them a bag that had the contents for the activity: 20 pieces of spaghetti, a yard of string, a yard of tape, and one marshmallow (Kosher, all of the Vegan ones had melted and were a gooey mess. But for the record, the Vegan goo tasted like Marshmallow, the Kosher thing did not.) Each team had 18 minutes to build the tallest structure they could with the whole marshmallow on top. The winning team had a tower that was 22 inches tall. We then let them redo it, with new materials and this time a different team won with a structure that was just under 30 inches!

The activity is one that is done by all sorts of groups of all ages, Kindergartners actually do the best. CEOs do the worst. Supposedly, the tallest one ever built has been 60 inches.

But, I wouldn't recommend eating the marshmallows....

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