"Small Acts" Can Make a Big Difference!

Southeast Library

"Small Acts" Can Make a Big Difference!

Expressing Gratitude for our Social Justice Story Time Donations!

On Saturday, June 23rd and on July 7th we held Social Justice-themed Family story time sessions complete with stories (A is For Activist and The Araboolies of Liberty Street), activist songs and crafts that spread messages of “freedom”, “fairness,” “diversity”, “inclusion,” “sharing” and “caring.” Partly inspired by the Poor People's Campaign, we asked parents to consider reading, discussing and involving young children in matters that involve the care and welfare of the underprivileged and underrepresented who live around them.

Following our story time programs, we told families that we would be collecting new, travel-sized toiletries to donate to one of our local partner organizations that assists DC people in need. We would like to send a multitude of gratitude to every thoughtful patron who responded to the call-to-action. In particular, almost half of the donations came from a neighborhood family and their coworkers in the Commercial Law Development Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Thank you to all!

Because of these generous “small acts” from our community of givers, we were able to create nearly 70 toiletry kits from hundreds of donated hygiene products. On Thursday, July 12th, the toiletry kits were presented to Adam and Rachel, our friends from Community Connections, a valued organization in our own Capitol Hill/Eastern Market community. Adam shared that Community Connections has limited ability to replenish their resources, so the donations were truly appreciated. Despite the limitations, Community Connections manages to respond to the needs of many of our library customers and other neighborhood dwellers in crisis. Their noble mission is to “provide behavioral health, residential services, and primary health care coordination for marginalized and disenfranchised women, men, youth, and children living in the District of Columbia [many of whom are dealing with the challenges of mental illness, addiction, and the aftermath of trauma and abuse].” Thank you for all that you do! We are truly grateful for the reciprocity between Community Connections and the DC Public Library.