We had a Scratch Day celebration this Saturday.Some good stuff came out of it and I want to tell you about it! I had help from our teen/tween volunteers and also Jeff Sweeton from the computer clubhouse (Brian's worked with him before) and Ricarose Roque, a computer program developer at Northwestern who's going to work on the Scratch team at MIT next year.
We had about 40-50 people there, kids and adults. A few librarians from local libraries stopped by, looking for info about starting their own Scratch classes. A couple people even came from the Nature Museum in Chicago. They want to teach Scratch classes this at their summer camp (Keith, I may put them in touch with you to talk about how museums work with Scratch). As for the kids, they came from Wilmette and also as far away as Aurora and West Chicago. The girl from West Chicago was so excited about Scratch Day that she couldn't sleep until 2 the night before! My favorite story was that of two boys who met on the Scratch website. They arranged to meet up in person at Scratch Day and then they made a project together. Overall, we got lots of positive comments and I think the kids, especially the ones who live places where Scratch isn't in schools or libraries, were super excited to meet other Scratchers and share ideas.
I'll post pictures if I can. Many of the projects are here: http://scratch.mit.edu/users/wilmettelibrary