It’s summer reading time. Libraries around the country are encouraging children and adults to read every day. One library in Frankenmuth, Michigan is taking this yearly occurrence to create a community-wide program and hopes to encourage not only reading but also inspire their community to embrace the golden rule through acts of kindness.
The organizers conceived the One Book One Community event to create a chain of goodwill events in their community.
The two books chosen for this event are – the novel “Pay it Forward” by Catherine-Ryan Hyde for adults and teens and the children’s picture book “Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler” by Margery Cuyler.
They have arranged activities from now until November including creating a kindness quilt, student essay and photo contests and viewing a movie matinee of the movie Pay it Forward based on the novel.
As residents read the books and develop ideas of how to pass on their own good deeds, volunteer opportunities will build through the fall. The organizers have created a bulletin board for community members to post and recruit their neighbors for their own good will projects.
The One Book, One Community Project is sponsored by the local library and community foundation.
For more information and to learn more about this project visit www.wicksonlibrary.org.