Corinne Coveney, Community Outreach Librarian at the Belmont Public Library, reached out to tell us about their library Care Package program: "We wanted to find a way to connect with our library patrons and get books into their hands — from a distance. We created Care Packages, bags with a handful of books, movies, or music, that we place outside on the front walkways of the library. Each bag is colorfully labeled with a hint at what it includes for kids, teens, or adults. Anyone walking by can stop and grab a bag to keep forever. There's a bit of a surprise for them — they won't know what they get until they take the bag home and open it!"
Corinne reports, "Our first weekend of offering Care Packages, March 20-22, we put out over 70 bags. Since then, every few days when the weather is nice, we'll put out a new batch of Care Packages, usually about 20 at a time. In the past six weeks, we've distributed over 300 Care Packages to our community!"
The Belmont community has responded positively to the program, sharing comments and photos on social media of themselves enjoying their Care Packages at home. Says Corinne, "Every time we put out new bags, someone walking by stops to check them out and thank us for making them." The Care Package project has received coverage in the Patriot Ledger and offers of book donations for the bags (though Corinne points out they are unfortunately unable to accept donations while the library is closed).