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A Season of Kindness at Queens Library

Posted by: yetheart, January 9, 2019 2:22 pm
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Children share their drawings in front of a kindness wall at Central Library.

Queens Library celebrated the kindness that fills our communities with our It’s Time for Kind campaign during the holiday season, with more than 200 programs across our 62 libraries.

“Kindness can change the world,” President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott said at a kickoff event for the campaign.

Library customers of all ages wrote cards for first responders, the homebound, hospitalized children, troops overseas, and veterans. Our ESOL students created cards for our Mail-a-Book customers.

Some people wrote letters of self-forgiveness as a reminder to be kind to themselves. Others put together hygiene care kits for the homeless, knit hats for babies at hospitals, and made blankets for shelter animals.

We screened numerous films celebrating kindness, from Amelie to Wonder. Children completed kindness challenges and created kindness trees demonstrating their progress. Customers at all locations had the opportunity to tell stories about acts of kindness they’d performed or experienced.

Children and teens explored the power of gratitude at multiple library locations. Customers crafted gifts for others to share as expressions of kindness. Library staff volunteered to perform in a musical talent show that was streamed for homebound customers. There were even numerous programs focused on being kind to the earth!

Dennis M. Walcott at NYPQueens

Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott read to children in a pediatric ward of NewYork-Presbyterian Queens as part of our December 5 Kindness Read-Aloud.

The Library also launched its first-ever food drive, collecting canned food for the hungry in a partnership with Food Bank For New York City. Our goal was 3,000 pounds, and by the end of our two-week drive, our staff and customers donated 4,564 pounds of canned food—that's 2.2 tons of kindness!

On December 5, we held special read-alouds for children across the borough featuring books inspiring kindness. For those who could not attend a read-aloud, we created virtual storytimes, available now on Queens Library’s Facebook page and YouTube and Vimeo channels.

You can visit our It’s Time for Kind webpage to see more photos and learn more about this special initiative. Thank you to everyone who participated for helping to create a more kind community.

This is just one of the great stories you can read in the January/February 2019 issue of Queens Library Magazine. Pick it up at your local library, or read it online!


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