• By April Mittelstaedt
  • Posted Monday, April 27, 2020

Beary Good Pen Pals

While the Walkertown Branch Library has been closed, our beary favorite volunteer, Crawford, has been thinking of ways he can bring joy to friends and neighbors while keeping a healthy social distance. He started by sitting in the lobby window, ready to wave at any friends who pass by, but last week he had an even better idea:

He wanted to find a penpal.

Well, since Crawford has trouble typing on a keyboard, I searched online for another library pal for him to write to. Luckily, we found one pretty quickly in Portarlington Library, Co. Laois, Ireland!

Image Description: A light brown teddy bear, holding red marker writing on a post card
Library Teddy thinking hard about what he'll write.

Crawford was very excited to write his first postcard to Library Teddy, who is currently working from home with his friend, Aoife, but he'll be even more excited when the card from Teddy arrives at Walkertown.

Image Description: A dark brown teddy bear, writing a postcard with the help of a human friend
Crawford telling his librarian friend, April, exactly what to write on the card.

While you're at home, maybe you can write a postcard or a letter to a friend or family member you haven't spoken to in a while. I know I'm inspired to write to my great-aunt when I get home.

Image Description: A light brown teddy bear, holding a postcard with a stamp stuck to his nose
Library Teddy shows off the card he's sending from Ireland.
Image Description: A dark brown teddy bear, holding a postcard from the Biltmore House
Crawford chose a postcard from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Many thanks to Aoife and Library Teddy at the Portarlington Library. You can follow Teddy's adventures on their Instagram page.

Webstory HTML by April Mittelstaedt.

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