Libraries across the country are embarking on summer reading programs with the theme Build a Better World this summer. The Tuscarawas County Public Library System has taken that theme to heart by incorporating opportunities for summer readers of all ages to make giving and kindness a part of their summer.
“Because of the theme, Build a Better World, we will be adding a new component to our summer reading activities this year,” said Library Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. “We will be accepting donations for 6 great causes in an effort to make giving and kindness part of our summer plans.”
Donations will be accepted from June 5th through July 29th and distributed in early August. The following is a list of the items being collected and the organizations they will be given to:
- Main Library Adult Department will be collecting new cat and dog treats, collars, leashes, toys, and bedding for Black Dog Pantry, a local non-profit that provided pet supplies to pet owners who are experiencing hard times.
- Main Library Children’s Department will be collecting new backpacks and plush blankets for Tuscarawas County Job & Family Services to be distributed to children in the foster care system.
- Bolivar Branch will be collecting new diapers in sized 4, 5, and 6, wipes (no flip top lids), new or gently used clothing for birth to 2T, and new or gently used maternity clothes for Birthright, a local non-profit that provides support for unplanned pregnancies.
- Strasburg Branch will be collecting gum, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lip balm, and more for Operation Gratitude, a non-profit who sends care packages to deployed troops, new recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded heroes, and their caregivers.
- Sugarcreek Branch will be collecting health and beauty supplies, as well as paper products for Harbor for Hope, an organization in partnership with the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank that serves the residents of Northwestern Tuscarawas County.
- Tuscarawas Branch will be collecting paper products and toiletries for residents living at Warwick Manor, an affordable housing unit for seniors in Tuscarawas.
In addition to the opportunity to donate to worthy causes, the five locations of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System are also offering giving heart programs that invite summer readers to engage in a project that will help Build a Better World in our own community.
“We are offering programs this summer where participants will make something to share in their community or to participate in a project within their community,” said Public Relations Associate Molly Calhoun. “Programs include making candy that will be given to the police in one community, creating greeting cards to be sent to the USO, making dog toys to be given to the Humane Society, and coming together to paint tiger paws at the Strasburg community park as part of a beautification project.”