It's that time of year again, where we all start to feel the crunch of the holiday season with all of its to-dos and busyness. In the midst of this, there are moments where we often find ourselves pausing to think... about our own lives, about what we have and are thankful for, about those moments and memories of this time of year that are special and cherished, and the people who once were and those who will continue to be a part of those memories. Beyond everything else about the season, this pause is the priceless part. It's the part that has good people around the world reaching out to share some of that with someone else. We buy gifts, meals, do small acts of kindness, and reach out to others.
The TVCC Library has a way to help you share in this season of thankfulness, giving, and sharing. For the past few years, the College's student organization has led a book drive to give books to children in our community. With the help of teachers at local schools, kids in need of a book who might not have the opportunity to read at home were identified and members of our campus community bought them a book for Christmas. In 2014, the Library took over this program. We branched out to the community as well as the number of students we were reaching and were able to put almost 200 books into the hands of kids to brighten their Christmas.
This year, we are going to do so much more. TVCC, the Library, and all of those on our campus are but one part of this community. So this year, the Library is reaching out to the whole community for help and participation in this event. We want you all to help give the gift of reading this holiday season.
What buying a child a book does? What is this gift of reading that we are talking about? Why books? Besides the fact that the TVCC Library is sponsoring this program, and we naturally believe in reading, here’s what buying a book does. It gives a child the gift of imagination, joy, inspiration, creativity, knowledge, laughter, hope, and excitement. A book can do all of that. A book also keeps alive the spark inside a child that wants to learn, to explore, to find out more about life and the world around them. We all believe in the power of education and books are a vital part of that. Yes, reading does all of this. And a book from a stranger to a child shows them that someone in their community believes in them, even just a little.
Have we convinced you yet to be a part of the Library’s Book Tree drive? Here’s how to help. Through some excellent community partners, we have been able to place trees around Ontario where you can find a tag that has a child and their reading wishes on it. Choose a tag, buy a book. It’s that simple. Return the book and tag to any of the locations and we will make sure it is wrapped and placed in the hands of that child. You can find tags and return your books to the following locations: TVCC Library, TVCC Science Center, TVCC Barber Hall, Ontario Community Library, Andrew’s Seed Co., Jolts & Juice Coffee Co., World Fitness Gym, Sorbenots Coffeehouse. This is a small and easy way that all of our community can come together and make a big impact on the children here.
Want to help but aren’t really up for book shopping? Are you a business owner or community member that wants to help in a bigger way? We can do that too. You can send donations to the TVCC Library and we will put our thrifty book buying powers to work to make the most of every dollar you give.
This year, we are planning on putting nearly a thousand books into the hands of children who need them. As one part of this community, the college library cannot do this. As a whole community, we most certainly can.
The Book Drive starts Wednesday, November 25, 2015. All books need to be turned in by Monday, December 14th.