East Hampton, help us spread kindness!
Each public library in Middlesex County was given the mission to spread kindness in their community with a $2,500 grant, generously given by the Peach Pit Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.
We have come up with a month-long Kindness EHxtravaganza in April! There will be four main pieces to this celebration:
Kindness to Yourself
Creating something amazing, sharing with others, and getting a beautiful new work of art are all wonderful ways to be kind to yourself! We are installing a permanent art exchange box outside of the library as part of our mission to spread kindness in East Hampton. Think of it as a Little Free Library, but instead of books it will have arts and crafts. People can drop off something handmade and take something from the box. Love to crochet but just have too many hats? Leave one in the wooden box on the side of the library and help yourself to the masterpiece someone else left inside! Updating your wall art and just don’t have room for that painting you made anymore? Exchange it for a new pair of earrings made by a fellow resident. Everyone in the East Hampton community is invited to participate in this exchange, regardless of what form their artistic expression takes!
Not crafty or art challenged? That’s okay! Feel free to take something without dropping something off. Art is for everyone!
Spreading Kindness in your Community
The library is curating Kindness Kits for East Hampton residents to help them brighten their neighbors’ days! Each kit will contain a Kindness Bingo challenge card for families to complete and return to the library for the chance to win a Self-Care gift basket. The kit will also contain some other surprise items that will assist them in finishing the tasks on their card!
Stop by the library to pick up your own kit anytime during the month of April! One kit per family.
Kindness to Animals
We will be hosting a silent art auction from April 4th-April 16th! All funds raised will be given to Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue and Our Companions Animal Rescue as a part of our initiative to promote kindness towards animals. Stop by the library during this time to see the art and place your bids.
The library is looking for artists of all ages to donate their art for the event. All forms of art will be accepted. We have created an album with photos and bios of the animals this program will support and posted it on our Facebook page. Feel free to use their likenesses as inspiration for your work! We ask that artwork be brought to the library no later than April 1st.
If you have questions or have created something to donate, please contact Sam Bolton at email@example.com
Spreading Kindness Beyond East Hampton
We think East Hampton is a pretty special community, and we know you do, too! In an effort to tell the world about our unique little town, the library will be sending out packages far and wide that feature East Hampton resident testimonies, local history, a Bevin bell, and beautiful pictures of our lake by local artist Kate Avery.
In return, we have asked libraries in other towns across the country and even across the globe to send us some information about what makes their local community special! Join us April 18th-30th at the library to browse the packages we received in return and learn about the wider world.
As a part of this initiative to promote compassion and understanding across different cultures, the children’s department will also be debuting new interactive backpacks available for checkout. Each of the six country-themed backpacks will contain several books, a recipe, and a toy or game from the area!
The month of April’s Kindness EHxtravaganza was made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.