A Year of Kindness


Being kind is a deliberate choice that the library decided should be its theme for 2019. Though it sounds broad, we made an intentional decision to instill kindness into several different initiatives in the library through four separate facets: self-kindness, kindness for others, kindness for the environment, and kindness in the community. This presentation details the various ways we accomplished these acts, highlights the outcomes, and demonstrates the positive effects of kindness that can be achieved no matter how small the act. Though we continue to infuse kindness into everything we do at the library, our theme culminated in our Stories of Kindness event on World Kindness Day (Nov. 13): we asked the community to contribute short stories to the library, and published them in a book to be remembered and cherished by generations to come.


Melanie Hilchie and Sue Karp

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