If you're like me, you probably have cloth grocery bags but don't use them very often. Even if I keep them in my car, I usually forget to bring them into the store.
At the library, we give guests hundreds of plastic bags every year. Some guests re-use the plastic bags, while a few guests already bring their own tote bags.
On Aug. 1, Willard launched a one-year program called BYO Bag and Win! to encourage our guests to bring re-useable bags for their library materials.
As an incentive, each guest who brings his or her own nonplastic bag for checked-out materials will receive an entry in a drawing to win a Willard Library canvas tote bag. Guests may receive an entry each time they check out materials.
At the end of each month, we will draw a winner from the entries at the downtown library and a second winner from the entries at the Helen Warner Branch. The monthly drawings will continue for one year.
The campaign's goal is to encourage people to get in the habit of bringing their items back to the library in nonplastic bags and then using the same bags to take materials home.
The library will continue to have plastic bags available, however we hope most people will join us in re-using cloth bags and preventing plastic bags from ending up in a landfill.
While I don't have a good track record with grocery store bags, I hope library guests will find it convenient to return books and DVDs and take more home in the same bag.
Kristine is reading "The Island of Sea Women" by Lisa See.