Winter has gone on long enough, but Mother Nature has other ideas. For those of us who have worked in libraries long enough, we know that we are a community of workers serving a community of users; and sometimes we get on each others nerves. We also have to work with other agencies and other organizations to make our work functional.
A few years ago, there were some stringent budget cuts from the state and the word came down that we could not pay for catering at our public events. The Friends of the Library was putting on a program and we know food is an important part of programming. We decided that the library faculty and staff would provide the food for the event and noted that in our promotional fliers and emails.
This elicited a phone call to the librarian organizing the program from the head of dining services. He stated that the food must be prepared in a kitchen inspected and approved by the Health Department…. or all food must be wrapped and served with tongs. In describing this phone call, the librarian said, very frustrated, “We might as well serve Little Debbie cakes!” Luckily, some organizational powers-that-be intervened and the event had food provided by dining services.
But another idea was born. The library’s social planning committee puts on an annual “Blahs Party” during Spring break (early March) and we had a Little Debbie party, partly in honor of the librarian in charge of the event. The event had a variety of Little Debbie’s, a poetry reading, and, of course, tongs. By coincidence [not], it was the 50th anniversary of Little Debbie.
When that librarian retired last year, part of her gift included boxes of Little Debbies and tongs. And here in honor of shaking away the blues away …..
Ode to Little Debbie
On the Occasion of her 50th Birthday
The Library Little Debbie SnackFest
By Prunella McShush
In the middle of the cold winter blahs
We are cold inside when the wind blows.
Her sweet little cakes transform our woes
Into wonderful smiles and cries of “aahs!”
Little Debbie tells us, “Unwrap a Smile”
And gives us honest pleasure without guile!
Sweet packs of chemical deliciousness
Filled with unnatural ingredients
Distract us from our library busy-ness.
We are in aligned with the Department of Health
A pair of tongs to serve the wrapped little treat
We now have a party that can’t be beat.
We didn’t spend much money
This party sure is a honey.
Huzzah and Hooray for our fun, health, and wealth!!!!