Public Libraries Backpacks and Book Bundles

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Orange County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Libraries (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

Orange County Public Libraries’ mission is to empower and enrich our community. OC Public Libraries strives to empower people, serve everyone, provide freedom of access, engender love of reading and learning, and ultimately make a difference in people’s lives. One of the many ways the library works toward these goals is through the creation of bundled materials. Staff curate a collection of titles, resources, and sometimes toys and activities. These materials are packaged in an easy-to-use way for patrons to check out. The bundles support a variety of needs and goals. The mental health kits tackle the social stigma of mental illness and support its awareness through discussing mental health issues. Kindergarten Readiness backpacks enhance parent and caregiver interactions with toddlers and preschoolers as well as supporting California State standards for kindergarten readiness. Staff book kits and binge ready books backpacks inspire a love of reading and learning and help establish a community of readers. All kits have the potential to increase empathy and bridge social divides. OC Public Libraries is proud that these bundled materials offer connections and support throughout the county.

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