Each week a different grade of students (K-4) visits the library through our school’s CCLC (Crete Community Learning Center) program. We’ve teamed up with Susan, the Outreach Librarian, and two of the facilities she visits every week.
During the school year, each grade visits a facility once. We take books for the students to read to the residents and a craft for the students and residents to work on together. The CCLC students then give the decorations to the residents to keep. We normally make a craft that can be hung on the door of the residents’ rooms. Months after the visit, the decorations can still be found on many doors!
It is amazing to watch the interaction between the two groups. Upon arrival, the students are tentative but as the hour progresses, they start to warm up and connect with the residents. By the end of their time together, they’ve developed a camaraderie and hugs and smiles are exchanged. One student told his teacher, “I like coming here. Let’s do this every week!”
- Laura Renker
Children’s and Young Adult Services at Crete Public Library
[Check out more pictures of the CCLC program HERE and HERE on Crete Public Library's Facebook page. Photos courtesy of Laura Renker]