Thursday, May 22, 2014
TBT: Crayon Cups Up For Grabs!
I know. You are thinking to yourself: "What ARE these, and why is she posting them as a TBT tag? Well, these plastic crayon mugs are an example of what happens when you clean out big, bad closets and storage areas that you didn't know existed in your building. Or, these plastic crayon mugs are an example of items that wind up in the youth services department after the facilities manager cleans out the big, bad closets and storage areas.
For awhile - I was stumped. I've worked in Suffolk county libraries since 1999, and had never seen these mugs before. Were they old summer reading prizes? Leftovers from a preschool services grant? And, if they were from pre-1999, then just how old were they anyway? As I explored more, I noticed one of the boxes was labeled "SCLS staff picnic", so I went to talk to a staff person who had worked here far longer than me - and I found out that they were given to children of employees who had attended the staff picnic.
A nice idea - but that soft plastic straw and box that looks like it was from the 80s made me think that these should no longer be used as sippy cups.
SO - why this post? Because I happen to have 129 of these mugs in assorted colors sitting in my office. And I think that YOU should comment below with your name, library, and an amount that you would like to receive. They would make terrific crayon containers for craft programs, or glue stick holders, etc... The possibilities to recycle them in a craft program, or just to organize your department, are pretty endless actually! So make a comment already - first come, first served until all 129 are accounted for. Maybe 128. I might need to hold onto one for nostalgia sake.