Passive Program: Post Office!

It seems like post office stations have been all the rage lately and for good reason- they’re a great idea! I’ve wanted to start my own since I saw Rebecca’s post in Sturdy for Common Things in August. December seemed like the best time to launch because midwest winters can be… unpredictable. Ice, snow, rain? Who knows! Since the weather is always up in the air, programming is hard to do. So in comes the passive program!

I spent a few hours on a Saturday setting everything up. I didn’t go all out with anything; my mailbox is just a cardboard box wrapped in white paper with a felt flap (a great idea from Library Village) and construction paper letters.

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I made some instructions in Publisher,
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threw together some paper catch-alls when I shouldn’t find a single thing to store my paper and markers in, used some abandoned Oriental Trading stickers as stamps,

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and then stuck it all on one of our puzzle tables in the children’s department!

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I then immediately got sick and missed a lot of work and wasn’t able to check in on my mailbox for almost a week. I came back to a stack of mail! I plan on displaying some of it in my office window (which opens into the department) for kids to see. Next step: Inter-branch communication with some of the other children’s departments!

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