In 2016, the Ames Free Library of Easton, Massachusetts was selected as the Best Small Library in America. The key reason for this award was the innovative programming offered by the library. A shining example of the programs provided was the wildly successful makerspace events, specifically the quilting group. What started with a core group of 15 avid knitters in 2012, has now expanded into a thriving community of dozens of crafters who knit, quilt, embroider, bead and have a lovely time creating and getting to know each other.
An unexpected but critical byproduct of these community gatherings is a consistent giveback to the community. 119 quilts for premature babies have been created in 2017 alone, to be donated to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. 14 cheery quilts have also been made for the non-profit organization Quilts For Kids, who provide quilts for abused children or those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The non-profit Days For Girls has received close to 100 feminine hygiene bags from the intrepid Quilting group.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead said: “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” In our case, it was one thoughtful and committed staff member, Kathy Korona, who started the group. She gradually built up a family of trust through the exchange of skills and the sharing of a vision to make the world a better place in little and big ways through the ancient art of quilting.