Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Library Comfort Cabinet #WordlessWednesday

I've seen the library card catalog cabinets of my youth repurposed in various ways, but never quite like this.

I was visiting our local public library Thursday, and this cabinet was sitting in the entranceway.  I had never seen it there before.

The sign reads "Free dental supplies, laundry soap, menstrual products, and more.  Take what you need - no library card required."  No, I didn't check it out.

This same library had been gathering food for a nearby food pantry during October, November, and December of last year.

I talked to one of the librarians I'm familiar with (we enjoy chatting with each other) and found this is a project of one of the other librarians who wasn't there at the time.  In fact, it was only set up on February 15, the day before my visit.

A quick internet search revealed our local library is far from the first to offer personal hygiene supplies to the community.

I should not be amazed, but I am saddened that this type of need exists in our community.

Joining Sandee at Comedy Plus for her #WordlessWednesday.


  1. It is quite sad that this need is present in a wealthy society, yet filled with people who can barely eke out a living, and income distribution is so skewed. Kudos to the library for doing this.

  2. Very impressive I want one immediately heheh! :-)

    Have a comfytastic weekend 👍

  3. Well done.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  4. That's a very nice thing. I do remember the days of needing those menstrual products, and lacking the coins for the machines. My daughter's math teacher had some in his desk drawer. Yes, "he." People thought that was inappropriate, but I disagreed. Unfortunately, my main library has to have signs on the restroom doors forbidding using the sinks for bathing and washing hair. To be clear, there are nearby showers at St. Vincent de Paul, so it isn't necessary to use the library.

  5. A great treasure of a cabinet exquisite and classic

  6. I totally agree it's sad that it's needed. But totally happy that there are kind people who do it!

  7. Mom isn't big on books but she would love to have a card catalogue in the house as furniture. It brings back so many memories of doing research in high school and college.

  8. Sadly, that need is getting greater everywhere. Librarians seem to be on the frontlines.

  9. There are different needs in all the communities. I am not surprized and if somebody wants to help is fine. It's a clever way to act, I think.
    Thank you and Happy Today! 😘❤️

  10. Wonderful and I have fond memories of the 'card catalog" ~ glad to see it being used for the 'greater good' again ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Hi Alana - that's a lovely way to use the old cabinet ... and yes so many need extra support at the moment. Thanks for highlighting - cheers Hilary


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