Toledo Library Encourages Students to Help the Community through Service Programs
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) is proud to host programs designed to make a difference in Toledo and Lucas County. With service programs like Make a Difference, kids in the community are given the space and materials to create items to help those in need. According to Nancy Eames, Youth Services Coordinator, "We're having more and more branches that are doing creative, hands-on activities using our maker equipment to make things for others. We have a create for the community program that attracts a lot of teens and adults. They've done a variety of things like making little cards using the Cricut. They're working together, it's hands-on, it's social." With the help of TLCPL's caring librarians, area youth have been involved in a lot of service projects. They're engaging children, tweens and teens in the area to create special gifts for animals, children, customers, the homebound, Alzheimer’s patients, veterans and those that are less fortunate. The librarians and area youth are making an impact in the lives of others. After all, everyone deserves a little kindness. And best of all, customers find these programs to be extremely worthwhile and have commented that it's a rewarding experience. "We made kennel blankets for the Humane Society, dog treats for Lucas County Canine, thinking of you cards for Toledo Children’s Hospital, #KindnessMatters bookmarks which we hid throughout the branch, valentines for the home-bound who receive deliveries from Mobile Services, crocheted/knitted squares for Warming Up America and most recently, we partnered with Warm Hearts, a project run by a Coy Elementary Student, to create fleece blankets for the poor. We’ve also tried utilizing volunteers as tutors and reading buddies during summer reading," said Kathryn McGowan, Teen Services Librarian at Oregon Branch. Through providing these programs to teens, the librarians at TLCPL have also been positively impacted. Adrienne Amborski, Librarian at the Waterville Branch Library said, "Teens are very willing to help others in need! The creativity they use in making projects to better the community and world at large have been inspirational to me as an adult. Community Engagement has become a national focus in teen services. Myself and other teen librarians in TLCPL have been fortunate to harness the goodwill and energy of teens in the TLCPL system to help others and foster community wellness."
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