project leader
Brian A
location
2816 20th Street
(Local parks, businesses or schools within the city.)
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the project

Pampering Patty's Book Corner was born from a place of sadness.  My mother, Patricia Williams passed away on September 24, 2017.  She was a caregiver to all she encountered in the community - especially the youth and had a passion for reading.  "Patty" preached tirelessly to me about the reading and how it would lead to a better understanding of the world I was being brought up in, and serve as a means of escape from some of the harsher realities we still see today.  This project is in her legacy, reach one - teach one!

Literacy and the ability to read strengthens our children’s journey towards being happier, healthier and more productive and creative citizens. Pampering Patty’s Book Corner addresses the need for making books accessible to kids who might not otherwise have such access. Of course, there’s no substitute for the schools; but this community-based summer project will complement the efforts of public schools by making books available to children at times and places where schools are not open. The ability to comprehend words and content increases a child’s ability to communicate with peers, parents and eventually professionals in the working world. Pampering Patty’s Book Corner helps us meet youth where they are and encourages reading for fun over the summer months. Fun activities will include kid friendly yoga with our partner Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative at the reading sessions - this allows them to not only stimulate the mind but the body as well. Incorporate a nutritional component by providing healthy snacks for the youth attending as well as written information for the parents to have to help shift their eating habits at home.  We will engage health vendors to bring information during readings or placing materials within the little library box so the larger community has access.  I believe these steps will have a greater impact on the youth living happier -- healthier lives and combat some of the social determinants health they are exposed to on a daily basis.

To accomplish this task, these “Little Libraries” will be installed at several Niagara Falls City Parks, elementary schools and businesses to offer another means of “Play” and present the opportunity to exercise the mind as well as the body during times away from the classroom.  Implementation and installation with a tentative start in April 2020 with community partners Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative, Niagara Falls Community Development (Summer in our City Series) and the Niagara Falls School District just to name a few.

the steps

April will consist of purchasing materials, assembly of the boxes and locking down locations for the spring/summer.  Marketing campaign will begin in the community.

May (if the ground allows) installation will begin.  We will also identify stewards in proximity to these boxes to help maintain them.

June - September programming will begin.  We will hold reading bi-weekly at each location to showcase it to the community, highlighting a particular book or author

why we're doing it

We reside in a place with a very high rate of poverty - 43% as compared to the state level of 23%.  Many are just trying to make ends meet, and leave education to the school system.  While this is okay, extra efforts need to be made to provide every opportunity to reading, growth of our youth (and others) to give them the best chance of succeeding.  Many don't have access to books in the home, these libraries will provide them.  They can also serve as a space for conversation with those in these communities that either don't normally connect - making the city a safer place as a whole to live, work and play.

budget

2500.00 to purchase little libraries, paint and signage.

1000 - 1500 to purchase new books for the 2020 project year.

1000.00 to contract with a creative writing teacher (partner organization).

1000.00 - stipends for library stewards and marketing materials regarding PPBC.



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $6,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $187
TOTAL TO RAISE = $6,222

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donors

  • Aaron
  • NC
  • Nathan
  • Danny