Park City Library seeks donations of new socks for children
Action Book Club spurred the idea
Many underrepresented children in the community are in need of warm clothing during the winter.
They need coats, hats and socks to get through the chilly season, and people who can donate gently used clothing happily do it year after year.
The thought of donated used socks, however, doesn’t seem to convey that warm-fuzzy feeling a donated coat or hat does. So, the Park City Library staff decided to host a drive for new socks that will run through Dec. 31, said Kate Mapp, Park City Library adult services librarian.
New pairs of socks can be dropped off in a bin in front of the library’s curbside pick-up parking spaces from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at 1255 Park Ave.
The socks must be new, and must be in unopened packages or still have their tags on them, and the library staff will retrieve them throughout the day and sort them into sizes, Mapp said.
“People can just throw the socks in the bin, or give them to us while they are doing curbside service,” she said. “We are accepting children and adult sizes, with the larger sizes going to teens.”
Any style or pattern of sock will be accepted, according to Mapp.
“While many socks keep feet warm, there are also some fun and playful socks that can lighten up the kids’ spirits,” she said. “A local couple has already donated some patterned designer socks, because they know that some teens like the latest fashions.”
The sock drive is a component in the Action Book Club that the library launched in October, Mapp said.
The Action Book Club, based on a Little Free Library concept that centers around reading and social engagement, is different from a typical book club, she said.
“Every season we focus on a timely theme, and within that theme we highlight books and an action the community can read and do,” Mapp said. “The theme now is ‘Moving Forward,’ which celebrates growth, resilience and well-being for all. We connect the community through reading, and also give people a chance to take action.”
The theme was a reaction to the coronavirus, she said.
“People are isolated, and want to feel like they are helping each other out to improve our community,” Mapp said. “The library is always trying to serve the community, especially now, and that’s why the Action Book Club has been a crusade through this pandemic.”
The Action Book Club doesn’t require any sort of sign-up, nor does it select only one book to read and discuss each month, according to Mapp.
“We have a list of books that promote the theme, and all you really need to do is read a book, take action and participate in what the library offers, like the sock drive,” she said. “The idea is to create conversation within the home and community, and the library sets the stage for that.”
In addition, the library partnered with the Christian Center of Park City for the sock drive, Mapp said.
“We reached out to other organizations that were doing similar things, and the Christian Center told us it is always collecting donations,” she said. “The Christian Center’s goal this year is to provide winter clothing to 1,500 local children, and the Park City Library is focusing on the socks. We’re happy to be a partner to help them reach their goals.”
When: Through Dec. 31
Where: Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave.
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