When issues arise, when the economy shifts, when people need help, when crisis hits…  how well a community comes together to respond depends on how strong the social fabric is. That fabric is made up of all the threads that connect us – our schools, our churches, our businesses, our local governments, our libraries, and our social organizations. It is strongest in a community that comes together across boundaries, where people will step out of their routines to get to know their neighbors in new ways.

At the library, we offer many opportunities for you to connect with your neighbors by attending programs, by volunteering, or just by visiting to browse our collection or ask a question. You can join book clubs or craft groups. You can learn local history or share your travel experiences.

I just got back from Ohio, where I was helping my aunt move into long-term care. In recent years, her world has gotten smaller and smaller, and her connections with neighbors fewer and fewer. As her mobility reduced, she quit going to church and to the library. It’s had me thinking about all the folks in our community who are aging in their homes, who could use help getting their trash bins to the curb or picking up their library books, who miss out on community events because transportation isn’t as easy as it used to be.

On December 7th, from 11am-1pm, we hope you will join us for our second annual Mini Horses & Cocoa in the backyard at Westbank Library. This event is for all ages. Bring the kids, bring your elderly neighbor, stay as short or as long as you like. We’ll have refreshments, music, games, and the cutest horses you ever saw. Take a festive photo to share with your faraway family and friends.

Can’t make it to Mini Horses & Cocoa? We have loads of other opportunities for you to connect with interests, experiences, and each other. Check out our calendar of events!