For collections being presented for Children’s Book Week, the 2011 Bookmark Challenge ends this week, April 28. The good news is, we’re stitching year round now for all sorts of programs.
- Colleen stitched bookmarks for a class in December.
- My community embroidered bookmarks for the local school’s Love To Read week in March.
- SuperMo’s bookmarks will be used during her library’s summer reading program.
- Erica is introducing the program at a Crafty Lady Retreat in Ontario this weekend and planning a competition around it that will conclude at the Fall retreat.
- Anne, who was one of the winners of the Funk & Weber Designs puzzle contest during The Needlework Show, will be cross stitching Monkey Read, Monkey Do bookmarks as holiday gifts for as many of her colleagues as possible at the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture. For the 2010 holiday, she embroidered 45 bookmarks!
So here’s my new goal for the Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy program: have someone—or some group—somewhere Stitching for Literacy every month of the year.
I suspect we’re pretty close to that now; I just need to do a better job of finding out what’s going on. The new Stitching for Literacy website (which you all doubt is ever coming—I know) will have an event calendar so we can post all our doings, month by month.
Here are some ideas for the summer months:
- Teach kids to stitch at a summer camp (vacation Bible school, Girl Scouts, Campfire Boys and Girls, YWCA, etc.).
- Contact your library to see what summer events they have scheduled where you might be able to demonstrate or teach embroidery.
- Assemble some extra supplies and go stitch at a playground. Make a sign that says “Stitch with me!”
There is a summer camp facility very close to where I live, here in the middle of nowhere. I’ve been meaning to make contact and see what I might offer.
There. I’ve said it publicly. Now see that I do it, okay?
What can you do to encourage reading and stitching this summer? Who will you contact?
And don’t forget to let me know so I can put it on the calendar! Send your info to mail AT funkandweber DOT com. Our email address is in the sidebar, you know.
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