[In which the Library does its humble part for Health Awareness Month, remembering to change the genuine HP color Inkjet cartridge several times in the process….]
At Norfolk, April has been designated as Health Awareness Month. The Library has been directed to participate by creating a display of health material and health-related posters. We also have contributed 30 health-related DVDS/videos to the Library cable channel, one health-related film per day for the entire month.
We created the display yesterday evening between 6PM-8:30PM, using 50 books, eight ready-made posters, and 12 health-related internet images found using Google Images. That’s where the color Inkjet cartridges come in. Well, it takes a lot of ink to create these images, especially when you use Paint to print out nine, 12, or 16 8.5″ x 11″ pages which you then have to trim and tape together to make a decent-sized poster. The Microsoft Paint program is useful when you need to print out multi-page poster-size images, and we use this each month when it comes time to change the theme in our display cases.
This became one of our centerpieces:
These display cases are in the hallway leading past the Lending Library and continuing on to the staircase that takes you to the second floor School Department.
Approximately 300 people will pass these cases in the course of a week. Few will stop and look at what my clerks have created.
But I’ve noticed that the ones who will are also the ones who will stop in the Library and give compliments. Last night, about 5 minutes after we completed the displays, 15 minute movement period was called, and the inmates who were attending classes upstairs were released. One of them came into the Lending Library and said “Bill! Who put that nice display together in the hallway?” I pointed to one of my clerks, the man who creates the displays each month. “Well I just wanted to tell you how nice it makes the hallway look.” We thanked the guy, and he went away.
Years ago, I used to say this was a thankless job. Then, I learned to pay attention to the “Thank-you’s.”
One new aspect of Health Awareness Month for this year is that the Administration is holding a recipe contest. One of my clerks, a latino from Philadelphia, and a cook on the streets, feels more than up to the challenge. “Give me the ingredients I need, and I’ll win that contest hands-down,” he boasts with a smile. “Nothing better than a plate of rice and beans on a cold Spring day. And it’s healthy eating, too.”
A cook-off in jail. This is how corrections chooses to emphasize health awareness in 2012. We’ve come a long way, baby.