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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Why do you have a tree decorated with hats and mittens?

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Dear Circ,

I came in to the library the other day, and everything was decorated for the holidays. Very pretty! But I noticed that you have a tree right in front of Circulation that's decorated with mittens and hats. What's that about?

Mrs. M.A. Goose

Dear Mrs. Goose,

Given your name, we presume you're familiar with those three kittens who lost their mittens. Unfortunately, we have local kids without mittens as well, a pretty grim situation when the weather is turning colder and colder.

What you saw was the Library Mitten Tree. During the month of  December, the Roselle Library collects mittens, hats, gloves, scarves, cold weather gear for people who have none. We pack it all up and bring it to the Bloomingdale Township General Assistance office.  They distribute the donations to local people in need. While we're collecting, we decorate a tree with the contributions, so that all our patrons can celebrate this season of giving, and enjoy looking at the "decorations." If you'd like to contribute, come in between now and the New Year, and hang an orna-mitten on our tree! If you already have contributed, come in and enjoy the tree!


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