More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.~ Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) Comedic Actor, Filmmaker, Writer
Happy Thoughtful Thursday. Today I am thinking about seasonal opportunities for sharing literacy. If you are a library patron or a book lover, these ideas might appeal to you – acts that you can do for others that will mean a lot.
- Write a literary letter from a beloved literary character about the true meaning of Christmas.
- Leave post-it notes in random places with uplifting quotes from inspirational writers.
- Pay off someone’s late fees at the library
- Drop-off free, pass along books on buses, at a table in a restaurant, on a park bench, in a senior citizen center.
- Pick-up an extra newspaper at the newsstand and give it to the person behind you in line.
- Arrange a book swap in a public place and invite anyone walking by to join in, even if they come empty handed. Make sure you have a good supply of pass-alongs.
- Put a pass-along book in someone’s mailbox, gift wrapped. What a nice surprise!
- Create a gift for a loved one – a Shutterfly book of memories. www.shutterfly.com
- Check out an extra book from the library and take it to a shut-in.
- Set up a Book Angels program in your community to give new or gently used children books at Christmas time.
Photo: Book Angels from www.deviantart.com
These random acts of literary kindness can be given at anytime of the year but will especially be appreciated during the holidays.
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