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Kathleen Bailey

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
— Abraham Lincoln

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  • Kathleen Bailey replied to a comment by Mike Fretto

    Your 2013 Neighborday Toolkit is Here via magazine.good.is

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    Mike Frettoabout 1 year ago

    It's interesting to see these types of ideas, but I would argue that we may need to shift our focus on how we communicate with one another. Might we be so accustomed to technology and messaging tools that we have simply lost sense of how to talk to and interact with another human being? We need to reach out to our community members personally. Isn't that what we are after here as neighbors?

    Rather than slipping a note under a door and "heading for the hills," why don't we bring that neighbor we barely know, a plate of cookies or a six pack of beer and actually introduce ourselves? If we want tighter neighborhoods, we have to be willing to put ourselves out there, it shouldn't be written on a piece of paper that says so. The idea of a "phone tree" is great, but what are some reasons that neighbors will want your phone number in the first place? Do you know your neighbor's story? Do you know what they are passionate about or even what their needs are? Let's stop over-thinking this and go out and actually talk to our neighbors! We don't need trendy fill-in-the-blanks handouts and thank you note templates—we just need to take the initiative to knock on our neighbor's door and say hello. I truly believe this is the path to a true feeling of interconnectedness and neighborhood improvement.

    Kathleen Baileyabout 1 year ago

    I agree, but in my multicultural city, Toronto, I also need to know whether my neighbour will like my brownies, or is more prone to liking almond cookies, as many of my Chinese Canadian colleagues do at work. Some people are shy - I can see that you might not want to have your phone number out there.

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  • Kathleen Bailey replied to a comment by Gil Lopez

    Celebrate Neighborday on April 27

    Gil Lopezabout 1 year ago

    I staff the compost collection at two Queens Library branches in NYC every saturday and lots of neighbors end up meeting each other there. I'm thinking of ways I can increase social interactions and get people to linger and meet more people in their nabe. I bet just putting up a sign and proclaiming it "Neighborday" will do the trick for a lot of folks. Especially if t is a nice day out.

    Kathleen Baileyabout 1 year ago

    I love it! I am a children;s librarian in Toronto.

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    When Our Local Libraries Closed, Here's How We Designed Our Own via magazine.good.is

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