Every now and again we’re graced with lessons from our youngest of Patron’s and this was no exception. Lilly an voracious reader, loyal patron, frequents the library as much as her mom can get her there. With books in tow she independently finds her next selections and reminds us all the simple joys we can get from reading. But her appetite for books, libraries, and patronage didn’t stop there. She mustered up the courage to approach the circulation desk to ask how she could help. “I’d like to volunteer”, Lilly said with a sly grin. To which we immediately responded, “Absolutely.” And then and there a new bond was formed. Thinking she might just get to put away some books or reorganize the “Junior” section, a surprise was in store. What about if you helped us develop an outreach program for other readers your age? And from there Lilly’s BookSwap was born.
How It Works:
On Tuesday March 8th, any young readers are invited to participate in Lilly’s BookSwap. Pick out a favorite book of yours from the library or bring one in from home. Each selection with be branded with a unique identifier in colorful piece of yarn. The group of young patrons will then reach into a bag and pull our a corresponding color to which matches an already brought in book selection by another young reader. This exchange will continue until all the books have been selected. There will also be a “Wild Card” which will allow that reader to select any book from the “Wild Card” selection. All young readers will then have a NEW favorite book from someone else to take home and digest. When two more weeks are up we’ll remeet up and have a special book discussion on the magic of our new books. Hope to see you all there so we can make this first meeting of Lilly’s bookswap a success!