Valparaiso Family YMCA Togetherhood Launches Togetherhood Libraries at Valparaiso Parks

Valparaiso Family YMCA Togetherhood Launches Togetherhood Libraries at Valparaiso Parks
By: Valparaiso Family YMCA Last Updated: July 27, 2018

Valparaiso Family YMCA Togetherhood volunteers stock Togetherhood Libraries, now open to the community at Will and Butterfly Meadows Parks in Valparaiso. A third location is being installed at Sunset Hill Park.

The Togetherhood Libraries are free-standing structures that house books that are free for sharing. The libraries contain a general library of quality adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books. Families are encouraged to take a book, leave a book, or read a book and return it. These small book exchanges foster a community that share books, bring people together, and inspire readers.

“Our Togetherhood Libraries don’t just belong to us, it belongs to the whole city,” says Crystal Olympidis, the Togetherhood committee chair. “It’s our hope that these libraries will bring a little more joy, a little more connection and a lot more books to our community.”

Togetherhood libraries were built by local craftsmen, Andy Anderson, Dave Grote, and Spiro Olympidis. Along with the YMCA, Togetherhood Libraries were made possible through private donations, the Valparaiso Park Department, and Fit City. Families came together to decorate each of the libraries with thumb-print designs and markers.

“These, and other projects, are making a difference in our community,” said Jodi Jackson, Event and Volunteer Coordinator at the Valparaiso Family YMCA. “Just a small investment in time can make such a big difference.”

Togetherhood is a YMCA, member-led, volunteer service program. Providing support for people from all backgrounds, addressing real needs in our community, cultural engagement and other special projects are ways the group gives back.

Togetherhood invites Y members to participate in community service projects that benefit people and organizations right here in our neighborhood. If you are interested in joining the movement, please contact Jodi Jackson at jjackson@valpoymca.org.