When was the last time you wrote a real, paper-and-pen letter? Whether you’re a regular pen-pal or can’t remember the last letter you wrote, come to the library on Monday, May 5 and join in a letter-writing session in the Community Room from 4:30-6:30pm. This is a casual, drop-in event for ages 13+. We’ll have lots of paper, cards, and envelopes, but if you have special stationery at home, feel free to bring that to use.
If your letter-writing skills are a bit rusty, here are some ideas:
- Write to a friend or family member (including Mom – Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11).
- Write to someone you’ve never met who might need cheering up. Check out Operation Gratitude to send letters to soldiers in the field, wounded soldiers, or veterans, or Cards for Hospitalized Kids to send letters to children who are in the hospital.
- Write a love letter. More Love Letters has even got a starter kit to help you.
- Find a pen pal. Yes, people still have pen pals! Join the Letter Writers Alliance (there’s a $5 fee to join) or the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club (sign-up is on the 15th of every month, and guys are welcome to join too).
- Write to your political representative(s). One written letter is worth a thousand e-mails. Find your state or U.S. rep or senator from these links: Massachusetts State Senators Contact Info | Massachusetts State Representatives Contact Info | Find Your U.S. Representative | Contact Your U.S. Senator
- Like receiving letters more than writing them? Sign up to receive Letters in the Mail. For $5/month you’ll receive letters from the likes of Dave Eggers and Cheryl Strayed.
E-mail and social media are part of our everyday lives now, but that doesn’t mean we have to let letters fall by the wayside. It’s still lovely to receive a letter in the mail, and it’s equally lovely to sit down and write one. So bring your favorite pen, pencil, markers or crayons* and join us in the Robbins Library Community Room on Monday, May 5 from 4:30-6:30.
*Maybe don’t write to your senator in crayon.