By Christina Grove
As we launched into this new life of "shelter in place" library staff project teams were looking for ways to help connect socially and conversationally when we can't be in the same physical spaces as our library members.
We began with the idea of conquering loneliness and the more we investigated the complicated nature of the concept of loneliness, we realized that might not be exactly what we’re equipped to tackle. The idea evolved from solving the problem of loneliness to offering connection and social interaction—Kind, Connected Conversations was born! Young, old, or in between, we can all benefit from connecting with someone outside of our household in this time of physical distancing.
This new service aligns with our Library’s vision statement of Kind, Connected Humans and our upcoming summer reading program “Kind, Connected Summer” creating a trifecta of kindness. You can never have too much kindness, right?
In this time, more than ever, we wanted to create a service where anyone could connect with another person and talk in a neutral space. We want to offer kindness, in the form of conversations. Staff are prepared with questions that can get the conversations started around a wide range of topics. You may be asked: What is your favorite childhood memory? What is one item in your home that you truly value? What makes a good friend? What's a food item or dish that you miss eating?
With an increasing reliance on Zoom meetings and virtual connection, we are reverting to an old technology for this service: the phone! You can book a 20 minute 1-on-1 appointment slot to talk with a library staff member. After signing up you’ll receive a confirmation email with phone call instructions.
No email? No problem! Reach out to a library staff member through AC Library Live Chat for help signing up for an appointment. Hours of availability are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 2pm-5pm and Thursday & Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm.
While we aren't licensed therapists, we do have the ability to listen and offer some kindness, which we feel is the least we can do in this trying time.
Our buildings may not be open, but our hearts and minds are. We can’t wait to hear from you!