The Library was thrilled to welcome three new community partners this month: Community Sewing, Bloodworks Northwest, American Red Cross, and Clark County Green Neighbors.
Led by Evelyn Esselstrom, Community Sewing kicked off with a mission we fully support because it so closely aligned with ours. The idea was simple: invite patrons to meet once a month at the Library to sew together for charitable organizations. In June, they created bibs, blankets, and quilts out of cute and cuddly flannel for the organization Babies in Need.
While Bloodworks Northwest and American Red Cross have been hosting their blood drives here for years, each are now an official community partner. At the Bloodworks Northwest drive on June 10, Bloodworks registered 15 donors and collected 11 units. That means that together we helped save roughly 33 patients in the community!
Our third new community partner is Clark County Green Neighbors. This program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Members from this program were at the Library on Thursday, June 13, creating masks, costumes, and decorations for The Procession of the Species, which is an annual Recycled Arts Festival in Vancouver. The festival featured a parade of costumes, floats, music, and dancing with animal and element themes.
What is a community partner?
When the Library takes on an official community partner, this means that we now agree to allocate resources (personnel, hours, and materials) to assist in promoting an organization, group, or individual's events at the Library. In return, the Library receives:
- More people coming to the Library.
- Goodwill throughout various groups in the community.
- Experts sharing their wisdom with our patrons.
- More programs than we'd be able to offer with our current staffing model.
- A winning combination!
Some of our community partners include AARP Tax Aid, American Red Cross, Bee Club/Preservation Beekeeping Council, Being Unnormal Podcasts, Bloodworks Northwest, Community Sewing, Crochet Club, English Conversation Group, Master Gardeners, Mindfulness Gatherings, Simply Write, and Stitching in the Stacks. For an exhaustive list, please ask Library staff.
Pictured below: Community Sewing hard at work.