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Library Hands (like jazz hands, only better!)


Patrons of the Webster Library wrote one word on their hand to describe what the library means to them. The ultimate goal was to make a video to help support the library, but more importantly, every time we stopped someone to ask if they would participate in this slightly odd project, we started a conversation.

Sadly, it is very easy to walk blindly by large signs that shout, “40 Million Dollar Budget Cut!” But when you ask someone to write a word on their hand, it forces them to stop and think. It also makes surrounding people stare in curiosity—which spreads the conversation that much further!

Even if patrons didn’t wish to mark up their palm (we used washable, non-toxic markers, not to worry), many signed advocacy letters. All in all, a grand success! Fingers crossed.

Want to participate? Visit your local library, record a video shout out, write a letter to your elected official, or donate today!