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KHL Reaches Out to the Community


by Rachael Grossman

What makes you laugh, cry, challenge your beliefs, peek into the lives of others, and open up new worlds? Books, of course!

At the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, we take our commitment seriously to serve people in all of the towns in our service area. Through the outreach program, we make sure that everyone in has easy access to books and other library materials. An area of particular focus is assuring that area child care providers have books delivered to them on a regular basis. To that end, we have 11 volunteers bringing books to providers every week. A typical visit may go something like this:

“Elizabeth is here! What books did you bring?”

“Did you remember to bring a pig book for me?”

“Oh, I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar. That’s my favorite book!”

Green Sheep! I have that book at home!”

These are just some of the delightful comments volunteers hear each week from preschoolers as they bring books to child care providers. With every visit, children excitedly empty canvas bags filled with age-appropriate books onto the floor, finding old favorites and enticing new ones. In the process, they are engaging in pre-reading activities and learning the joys of borrowing books from a library — rich experiences that will last a lifetime.

One child care provider had this to say about outreach, “What a great program! Cameron reads to the children each week and then they get to take their favorite books home with them. The parents are as excited as the kids to have new and different books and tell me that they are spending more time reading together.”

For adults we have free book exchanges in each of our towns and provide books at the Worcester Community Lunch and the Fellowship Lunch at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier. Additionally, there is a library annex at the Adamant Co-op and Westview Meadows. Home delivery is available for those unable to come to the library.       

Outreach Facts:

In 2013, the outreach program delivered 6,948 books to 34 different sites. Volunteers read over 1,150 stories to children. Over 1,180 adults were served and 2,841 children were served.