We have now been reopened for six months, twice as long as we were closed last winter. Since we're at the mid-point between summer and the holidays, we thought we would take some time to reflect on where we are and what we've been working on recently.
While we were closed we sold gift cards and you all were incredibly generous in your faith in us that we would reopen. It has been great seeing those starfish gift cards come through the store and we hope you have enjoyed all your books and gifts. We thank each and every one of you who purchased (and used!) your gift cards.
Some of you marked your gift card purchases as "donation." We tracked these cards and set them aside for our Eight Cousins Literacy Projects. Our store's mission statement is "To share a love and appreciation of books with the wider Falmouth community" and your donations have helped us to continue this mission. Because of you we have been purchasing books for donation since we reopened.
At the end of the school year, we brought summer reading books from the Falmouth Public Schools lists to Morse Pond Middle School, Lawrence Middle School, and the Falmouth High School. Counselors from the elementary schools selected books to send home with some of their students. Due to such close proximity, students from Mullen-Hall were able to visit Eight Cousins and select books for themselves.
We are connecting with Gosnold and the Emerson House to augment the house library. Residents at the Emerson House told us what books inspire them and gave us suggestions. We look forward to bringing those recommended books to Emerson House at the end of October.
Eight Cousins has long participated in the Falmouth Hospital's expectant parents class to talk about the importance of reading to babies. We have recently been invited to the hospital's breastfeeding class to actually read with babies! At these classes we bring samples of board books and each baby goes home with a book.
Good Grief, an organization dedicated to healthy conversations about death and grieving, is building libraries across town. The organization has selected and purchased books on death and grieving for ages 3-16. We recently donated recently released titles to these libraries.
No Place for Hate is developing a Social Justice library that will be available to the community. Proceeds from the Literacy Tea that the Falmouth Jewish Congregation and Waquoit Congregational Church co-sponsored are going toward building this community library.
Your generosity made these situations possible and has allowed us to share books and reading with people and organizations across Falmouth.
What else is needed?
Do you work with an organization that could use new books? Do you work with families that would appreciate having more books in the home to share together? Do you have ideas that we have not thought about yet?
If you are interested in learning more about our Eight Cousins Literacy Projects AND if you represent a local school or organization, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please know that we are looking to work with local organizations/organizers who have an established service role in the local community and who value sharing books and reading as much as we do.
Thank you. All of you.
~ Eight Cousins