Maybe it was because we were having a monsoon yesterday or were actually appropriately staffed, but it didn't seem that bad. The children were fairly easy - looking for books on worms or the always popular Guinness Book of World Records; the teens occupied themselves with the onsite photo booth; but the adults -- that much coveted yet difficult to attain population who grimace at being asked to register themselves for the adult summer reading program...until we mention that there's a prize.
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"What's that?" a father with two wiggling children asks, pointing at the Parents: sign up for summer reading to win a FREE iPad mini! sign.
"You can win a iPad mini for signing up for summer reading," my coworker reads the sign to them.
"Just for signing up?!" the father asks. I think I see bits of foam forming in the corners of his mouth.
"Well, you'll be entered in a drawing to win, if you finish your challenge card."
"Oh," the father's excitement falls as he realizes we don't have a box overflowing with iPad minis for the taking under the desk. "Ok, maybe I'lll sign up later. I'll think about it," before he wanders away never to return.
Admittedly, only being entered to win a iPad mini is not as thrilling as getting one simply for signing your name on a scrap of colored paper, but the extremely low amount of adults who do register and manage to complete the insurmountable tasks of reading a book, attending a program, and learning to put a book on hold means that the chances of winning are pretty awesome. I think last year my branch had less than 35 adults complete their challenge cards -- I'd take those odds but of course staff cannot enter. We can only bribe our adult patrons with candy and free electronics while being chastised for not having unlimited copies Silver Linings Playbook on blu ray.