Young Anythink Library cardholders can now subscribe to have curated boxes of books mailed to their house twice each month, part of the library district’s new subscription service.
The service is available to Anythink cardholders ages five to 12.
Parents are encouraged to register their kids for the service at www.anythinklibraries.org/anythink-box online. As of March 1, the service page listed said the service was full but more spaces are being added. The library district hopes to add service for older patrons later.
The service is one of the many programs the library has started since COVID-19 shut down libraries, schools, churches and stores a year ago. Staffers said it’s a way to provide traditional library services while maintaining social distancing. Interest in subscription box services has grown over the past few years, with several industries now offering to deliver their products directly to customers. This follows a similar model.
“The Anythink Box is an opportunity for us to bring the magic and wonder of a library visit to your doorstep,” Anythink Director of Customer Experience Suzanne McGowan said in a written statement. “This past year has brought so much change to children’s lives. Providing these special deliveries, filled with hand-selected books and surprises, is one way that we can share some joy and delight with kids in our community.”
The service is open to everyone but aimed at families who may not be able to visit the library frequently. Family members are encouraged to fill out a questionnaire for each child when they register that is designed to reveal their interests and the types of books they might enjoy. The library recommends parents register each child for the service individually.
Library staff will collect and box several books based on those preferences, mailing them to the subscribers. Recipients are encouraged to provide feedback on titles to help tailor their next delivery.
Deliveries will be sent out twice each month and will include surprises and notes from staff. When they are done, the books can be returned to any of the library district’s seven locations in Adams County.
The service is free and available to community members with an Anythink library card. Participants may pause or cancel the service at any time.