Public libraries are about so much more than books these days.
While encouraging everyone to read remains a priority, they connect with communities — especially kids — in a variety of other ways.
A Life to Live was invited to be part of a fun event recently at Stratford Branch Library in Highlands.
To go along with the library’s summer reading program theme of “Build a Better World,” local children transformed T-shirts into braided toys for our adoptable pets.
Tables were filled with strips of T-shirt material. With a little instruction from library staff, about a dozen children produced a pile of colorful rope-like dog toys that they donated to A Life to Live.
“A lot of the activities we’re doing this summer aren’t just about building things with Legos. It’s about helping to solve problems and doing things for people around us. In this case, we’re recycling T-shirts and making toys for dogs in need,” said Mandy Sheffield, branch librarian.
One of our dogs (Coco) and three of our kittens (Jacob, Ruth, Naomi) were on hand to inspire the kids, who were having a cool time indoors on this hot afternoon. Terri Fitch, our outreach coordinator, also brought along her service dog, Gemma.
When the kids weren’t making toys, they were having fun holding and petting the animals. The kittens were, well, kittens. They scampered down the aisles and explored the book collection. One even took a few minutes to enjoy the book, “Five Black Cats,” with one of the kids.
Terri took this great opportunity to share information with the children and their parents about A Life to Live’s mission, services and upcoming events.
Thanks to the staff at Stratford Branch Library for inviting us to join their summer fun. We had a blast, and so did the kids, judging by the smiles on their faces.
Written by David Berkowitz, public relations coordinator with A Life to Live.