Fort Campbell MWR staff support Families during COVID-19 closures
By Emily LaForme, Fort Campbell CourierApril 23, 2020
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. –Although the doors of the Robert F. Sink Memorial Library are closed because of COVID-19 precautions, library along with Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff are finding ways to continue to connect with Fort Campbell Families.Three times since March 19, library and MWR staff have hosted Grab-and-Go Brown Paper Bag Craft Giveaway events passing out special bags to Families curbside, following social distancing protocols. The bags were filled with kid-friendly activities for children in pre-K to second grade. Families also received boxes of free popcorn.“We typically host craft times each week, but now with the library closed and people are confined to their homes, this is a way to give Families and kids something to entertain themselves with at home,” said James Moore, supervisory librarian. “We thought this was a way to still have outreach to the community even when people cannot come into our facility.”Almost 500 bags were distributed April 17. The crafts are purchased throughout the year by MWR for library giveaways and activities.The next Grab-and-Go Brown Paper Bag Craft Giveaway day is May 1 and begins 11 a.m. The giveaways will continue while supplies last.“We are waiting for more guidance and money to purchase supplies for the crafts,” Moore said. “It goes quickly, but we’d like to continue doing this for as long as we are able to.”The Families picking up craft bags were incredibly thankful for the continual support provided by the installation.“We are super grateful they are doing this and giving us something to do over the weekend,” Denise Hamilton, Army spouse said. “I really like how everyone is coming together and I’m really grateful for the resources of the lunch distribution program and the pick-up crafts that are available for us.”In addition to providing crafts for Fort Campbell Families, the library staff also hosts a weekly virtual children’s story time, for which a new video is posted to the MWR Facebook page 10 a.m. Thursdays. The library also has online resources for patrons to enjoy, and several librarians are providing book reviews that print weekly in the Fort Campbell Courier. There is a video with instructions about how to access the library online resources on the Fort Campbell MWR Facebook page.“MWR is here for you and we are delighted we can offer this service to your Family,” Moore said.In addition to library resources, MWR staff also posts other videos to their Facebook page as well as boredom buster, digital coloring pages and updates on upcoming events and specials. The MWR Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/FortCampbellMWR/.