From mid-June until the end of August, Storrs Library transformed into an out of this world summer reading experience. The year’s Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, “A Universe of Stories” brought space, flight, science, literature and fun together at Storrs. The aim of the summer reading program is to encourage a love of reading and learning and to build community relationships.
An integral piece of the community building experience for the Children’s Summer Reading Program is to partner with a local non-profit or charitable organization. This year, the youth services department partnered with VetAir to raise funds and resources for local veterans and their families. VetAir, a non-profit located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, transports veterans to and from medical appointments and also provides compassion flights for veterans and Gold Star families. Jesus Pereira and Jessica Guerra, both of VetAir, worked with Storrs Library throughout the summer to create a meaningful community connection, which included a storytime and craft session.
Children were encouraged, along with their families and caregivers, to donate items of need to veterans, or their summer reading “Discovery Dollars”. Discovery Dollars are earned by the children for reading and listening to stories. With the help of our patrons, the library collected more than 700 health items, more than 300 Discovery Dollars, and a generous monetary donation by the Daniel Murphy family, which were donated to VetAir. The Richard Salter Storrs Library would like to give thanks to all the patrons who participated in our community partnership with VetAir!