What if you could engage in your favorite hobby and help others at the same time? If you know how to knit or crochet, Way Library invites you to join us in the “Warm Up America!” initiative by creating one or more 7” x 9” squares to be fashioned into a blanket or afghan for someone in need. Warm Up America! is a 501c3 nonprofit foundation which coordinates volunteer efforts and distributes afghans to individuals and families through community service organizations such as the American Red Cross. Agencies which have received donated afghans include women’s shelters, nursing homes, children’s hospitals, hospitals, hospices, daycare centers, veterans’ homes, churches, AIDS facilities, homeless shelters, and more.

If you know how to knit or crochet and would like to work on creating a square here at the library, the Witty Knitters have kindly extended an invitation for any knitter to join them from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2 in the library’s lower level meeting rooms. The Witty Knitters is a group of experienced local knitters and crocheters who meet once a week to stitch together. A pattern will be provided, but you will need to bring your own needles and yarn. Warm Up America! suggests using a medium weight, machine washable, and dryable acrylic yarn for your squares. For more information about the proper supplies and making squares, visit warmupamerica.org.

More opportunities to knit in a group setting will be offered at Way on February 6 and March 6 from 12-3 pm. You may also create your squares at home and bring them to the library. Just be sure to follow the guidelines at www.warmupamerica.org. Simple patterns for knit or crochet may be found online or picked up at the library’s Information Desk. Completed squares will be collected in the designated basket located on top of the magazine shelves in the browsing aisle.

If you do not knit or crochet (or don’t have time to), and would still like to participate in the project, we are happy to accept your donations of medium-weight, machine washable and dryable yarn. Yarn may be placed in the basket designated for completed squares.