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Wanna see where I work? [Jul. 15th, 2008|09:27 pm]
Eliane/Jennifer
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Since a lot of people are inexplicably averse to visiting my place of work at Mendota Mental Health Institute, I took some photos of my library in January and put them up on Flickr. They're available here and have handy captions in case you can't tell quite what you're looking at. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger picture and the caption.

You are also still welcome to visit, but I understand if people's schedules/locations won't allow, or if they just somehow think visiting a mental institution is icky.
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[User Picture]From: eithni
2008-07-16 03:03 am (UTC)
:P If you'd asked, I'd have given you a non-smokey fridge for free, also just off Cottage Grove Road.

Nice digs... Maybe sometime if there was interest I could torture your munchkins too...
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-07-16 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, you could come torture the munchkins! How cool that you're offering! They aren't really mine though, I only have them for an hour a week. But I could put you in touch with the teacher. There's only one right now and I'm sure she's looking for interesting things to do with the kids. Right now they're doing the bug unit, how do you feel about creepy crawly things?

I didn't know you had an available fridge, didn't think to ask.... In any case, it was mostly a whim, and I didn't really decide to get one until I saw that the one on eBay was local and cheap. Sure has been nice to have, though.
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[User Picture]From: eithni
2008-07-16 04:24 am (UTC)
Let me think on it. I don't mind bugs, but have some great ideas for Dinosaurs... What ages are we talking?
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-07-16 04:46 am (UTC)
Approx. ages 8-12 at the moment, all boys if that matters. I don't know if they do a dinosaurs unit. They haven't since I've been here, and our collection of dinosaur books is sort of motley, meaning my predecessor didn't throw a bunch of money at the subject like she did with the bug books, the holiday books, the planet books, and other topics on which the teachers do a unit.

I'm sure the kids would enjoy a dinosaur presentation though! You think on it, and if you decide you're definitely interested in offering, I can put you in touch with the teacher. And if the teacher isn't interested, I could put you in touch with the recreational therapist on the unit, who organizes activities for the afternoons/evenings with the kids. She is less pleasant to work with, a little ditzy, but I'm sure the kids would enjoy your presentation wherever you did it.
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[User Picture]From: eithni
2008-07-16 06:04 am (UTC)
why don't you see:

1) if the teacher is interested
2) what the upcoming units are
3) how many kids there are
4) any concerns the teacher has/forseeable concerns
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-07-16 09:14 pm (UTC)
The teacher says they will be doing bugs for the next few weeks, but she is pondering dinosaurs next, and she would be interested in talking to you. Units last a whole quarter; the kids are only in school half a day, and there are other activities they do in school, plus most of them are not high achievers, so they go relatively slow in the curriculum.

There are usually between 10 and 20 kids, but this morning I had 8 in the library. So, a smallish group, but you never know when that could change. All boys right now, currently between 8 and 12 years old, though the unit takes kids from 6 to 13.

She didn't mention any concerns in our brief conversation, but you and she could talk about what you might do, and concerns might be raised about specific activities, esp. anything with fire, chemicals that might be dangerous, the usual things. Also anything you give the kids to keep needs to be: a) given to all equally, b) smallish, and c) not easily take-apart-able into metal parts that could be used as weapons or self-harm tools or start a fire. (Not that you need to give the kids anything, of course.)

What would be easiest, should I give her your phone #, or would you like to call her?
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[User Picture]From: eithni
2008-07-16 10:10 pm (UTC)
Please give her my number, but let her know that Thursday before noon is not good. :P
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-07-17 12:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, but you work other days...are there any mornings that work? The teachers can't schedule things for the afternoons as the kids aren't in school then.
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[User Picture]From: eithni
2008-07-17 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm not a morning person, but I can do it for the sake of munchkin torture. I just don't want a teacher call at 8AM on my day off and to need to pretend to be coherent. :P
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[User Picture]From: gcmadtown81
2008-07-17 06:37 am (UTC)
I'd love to visit, I just didn't know that's where you worked. And here I thought it was some place boring, like the library downtown.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-07-17 12:50 pm (UTC)
Nope...never a dull moment here at MMHI. ;) You would be welcome to visit, except for the small point that I don't actually know you, but hey, I don't know the patients here either until they come to the library! And anyway, I see you are in the SCA and we have friends in common. So, sure, let me know when you want to visit!
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