Four dedicated University of Maryland students and Program Director Dr. Vedat Diker volunteered to staff Maryland’s iSchool Storytime & Crafts booth at Universities at Shady Grove Community Day 2012 on Saturday, September 22.
Organized by MLS student and Graduate Assistant Melissa McDonald, the green theme of Community Day echoed in the iSchool family activities: (1) Visitors were treated to story time videos of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Tiny Seed, and were able to create their own hungry caterpillars and plant their own tiny seeds to take home. (2) Fans of Verdi by Janell Cannon created spiral snakes out of a paper plates. Bookmarks donated by Program Coordinator Vicky Reinke were a hit, as were the Maryland swag (beach balls, pens, and bags).
Donning red and white stovepipe hats, our wonderful and dedicated volunteers, MIM student (and new Graduate Assistant) Tetyana Bezbabna, MLS student Lauren Perelli, and Communications student (and wife of Dr. Diker) Zeynep Diker kept our young visitors engaged and happy. Parents appreciated the comfortable chairs to sit in while they watched their children create masterpieces. Special thanks to the Dikers’ daughter, Nevra, who “kid-tested” all of the projects and pitched in to help clean up at the end of the event.
Photographs by Melissa McDonald and Dayo Kosoko are included in the Animoto video created by Melissa McDonald.