BURRTON — When librarian Rhonda Corwin saw young children arriving at the Ruth Dole Memorial Library in Burrton without hats or gloves to protect them from the cold, winter weather, she decided to do something about it.
"I've seen little kids come through without any gloves; adults without gloves or hats," Corwin said.
She posted a request to the library's Facebook page, asking for donations of gloves, mittens and hats in all sizes.
"I just put the word out," Corwin said. "...We just couldn't stand the thought of our little ones coming in without any gloves on."
So far, four individuals have donated items of winter gear to the library.
"They're coming in slowly," Corwin said. "...We're working on it."
The library now has a shelf near the main entrance that holds a selection of gloves, mittens and hats for babies, children and adults.
"We've got all kinds of hats; little-bitty hats for little-bitty heads," Corwin said. "We have mittens — we have all sizes."
Library patrons can pick out a pair of mittens or gloves and a hat for free.
Corwin said she thinks many people either do not have any winter gear or forget to wear it.
"Parents, that's not the first thing they think of. You go to town and see little kids without their hats on," Corwin said.
Originally from Alabama, Corwin has checked out books to patrons since she started working at Ruth Dole Memorial Library in 2001.
"I'd never worked in a library, except in high school, when I shelved books," Corwin said.
One month after becoming librarian, a newer building was donated for the library to use and Corwin was tasked with moving the entire collection to its new home, organizing sections for young children, teenagers and adults.
"We just have a really good library for a town our size," Corwin said. "...It's a wonderful job. I love it."
Now, when preschoolers come in for storytime on Wednesdays with cold hands, they can leave with a stack of books and a pair of mittens. That thought makes Corwin smile, as does the thought of coming to work at a job she loves — talking to people and lending out books.
"I found where I was supposed to be the whole time — the library," Corwin said. "I've always been a reader and there's nothing like being in here. When I have the weight of the world on me, I can come in here and it's just like being home."
The Ruth Dole Memorial Library, located at 121 N. Burrton St., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, visit http://burrton.scklf.info or call 620-463-7902.