Teen Screen-Free Subscription Box: Building a Grateful Community

2020 has been tough, and as we head into the winter season with colder temperatures, I think many of us have been facing the fears and anxiety of feeling more isolated and lonely. While these are all valid feelings in a year that has been far from calming or normal, we have also seen how communities have come together in the most supportive of ways. Friendships find ways to exist and thrive through virtual or other socially distant safe ways. Families find new quality time to spend with one another at home. Neighborhoods are ordering take-out from their favorite local restaurants or choosing to purchase holiday gifts at local businesses. There is an outpouring of love and commitment from teachers, healthcare workers, postal workers, grocery store clerks, librarians, and so many others. We all have found more time in our day to pause and reflect on our lives and find positive ways to grow as individuals. 2020 has been tough, but we also are constantly being reminded of the many things we have to be grateful for in our lives. This month’s teen screen-free subscription box is aimed at showing your appreciation for your community and to reflect on the good that still is present despite the circumstances

November’s Box Included:

  • Booklist of teen reads featuring communities of all types
  • Photo album to create your own collection to highlight your community along with an invitation to attend our Humans of St. Louis event and workshop where teens and adults can learn the methodology that goes into building understanding and compassion within a community through storytelling
  • Instructions and supplies to create your own friendship bracelets for you and a friend
  • A packet of thank you note cards to show your appreciation to those who make a difference in your life
  • 30 Days of Kindness Challenge Sheet
  • A gratitude jar with strips of paper to write down what you are thankful for each day of the month
  • Information about the Kids Knitting it Forward program in STL
  • Goodies such as a felt pumpkin spice sticker, a wooden card holder, gratitude stones, a homemade paper fortune cookie, and leaf scratch art
  • A postcard with a message from a librarian

Like what you see here? There are still a few of these boxes available, so sign up here for November’s themed box “Building a Grateful Community.” Keep checking back to our website where in the upcoming weeks we will post a sign up sheet for December’s themed box “Cozy Covers.”  Missed out on October’s or September’s box? Head over to our previous blog post to download spooky fall themed activities or activities for maintaining mental wellness.

Shanon Barton works in Youth Services at the Kirkwood Public Library. She started volunteering for KPL when she was in 7th grade and loves that she gets to work there as her “real adult job.” When not hanging out in the stacks at work, she can be found at home watching Netflix, eating pizza rolls, and planning themed events with friends. If you catch her with her nose in a book, it will most likely be a YA historical fiction novel with some sprinkling of supernatural or magical elements.