Monday, September 10, 2012

You Can Still Read! (Even though Summer Reading Programs are over)

Whew! It's been a whirlwind of activity as usual this summer. We had a record number of kids participating in our Summer Reading Program. This year our library, like many others, created our own summer reading program theme: "We are Riverside Read" to go along with our year-long initiative, "We are Riverside," a green initiative with four "Rs": Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Read. Along with all the fun programming, we encouraged kids to think green and expand their vision of the world. We crocheted strips of plastic bags to make sleeping mats for homeless individuals. Our crafting programs involved using recycled materials, including making newspaper hats. Even our Captain Underpants Program involved thinking beyond underwear: we donated the leftover full toilet paper rolls that we had used to a food pantry. (Food pantries are often looking for household and personal care items.) Without being overbearing, we taught the kids to think about how they can make a difference. I like to think that added value to the trinkets they earned for their reading pages. I know I will be thinking about how our future actions as library service providers can be more Eco-friendly.