by Susan Ohanian
The library in our country village sits on the town's one main street, a street that is one block long. Kids who come to the library come by car, and the kids with the greatest need just don't have that transportation available. In short, the children whose parents seek help at the Food Shelf are not the kids who frequent the library.
And so, my new mission is to make sure every child whose parent visits the Food Shelf gets needed books along with the needed food. The current invitation is just "Help yourself." For the future, a librarian and I are working on making great summer book bags available for every child. Not someone's castoffs but brand new books.
This effort may not change the world but I'm thinking of that advice to light a candle. . . .