I want to thank all the kind individuals and organizations that have donated and sponsored the program in the 2009 year (remember to visit our website at www.chessinthelibrary.com!):
|Anonymous Individual||100 sets value $700|
|Filipovich Family, in honour of Ms. Vineeta(Bini) Kalia||274 chess materials including various informants, chess magazines, and chess books|
|Southam Family||Various chess books, chess clocks, trophies and plates of $200 value|
|Maurice Smith||6 demo boards|
|Bob Armstrong||1 box of chess magazines|
|Chess 'n Math Association|
|Scarborough Chess Club|
|The Greater Toronto Chess League|
|Toronto Public Library|
|Toronto School Chess League|
|Victoria Park C.I.|
Our new year resolution for the program is to build the team larger, perhaps we will form an executive board and expand the program to 15 different locations in total (10 more than what we have now). I personally have lots of faith in my team and I believe this goal is definitely achievable.
Now with the changes of the program this year:
1. We will try to rate our games with CMA rating as often as possible. Thanks to Larry and the Chess'n Math Association who have agreed to sponsor us 3 months of free rating!! Of course, with the ratings in place, more kids would be interested to play because seeing their ratings go up and down is an incentive. This is a huge step in our program and I cannot express how much I appreciate Larry's support toward our program! I believe our volunteers are still trying to get familiar with the system, and our first rated tournament will be held this week. :)
2. We will set up an activity for the first 20min of the program each week. We have currently decided to rotate between basic teaching (thanks to Maurice Smith for the demo boards!!), puzzle competitions and simuls with our volunteers. We have already tested out each one of the 3 at different location and they seem to do well.
3. New flyers for the program! Well, of course you guys won't be able to see it here (I am not aware that I can upload a PDF file yet - any tips, guys?). However, it does look better with more information on it!
4. We consider purchasing 1-2 clocks for the program at each library. Sometimes when the kids play too slow and we need to end the program, we'll need a clock to speed up the games. I always hate the idea of counting pieces to see who wins by the way. My teammates and I are currently voting on whether we should purchase them and how many.
Alright, that's it for now. I'll announce new changes as soon we have an agreement within our team. Any suggestions? I'll be more than happy to hear any comments, opinions or suggestions!!
Let's hope that the 2010 year for the Chess in the Library program will be 3 times more successful than it was in 2009!! Thanks to everyone who's supporting us!! :D