High Springs Branch Library is partnering with the Help Heal Veterans organization to present Heal Vets Craft Clinics on Thursday mornings in May. This weekly arts and crafts time for veterans of all ages includes leather making, woodworking, paint-by-number and other therapeutic crafts. These activities are designed to help veterans take their minds off the past while meeting other veterans. All craft supplies are donated by Help Heal Veterans. Advance registration is required. The clinics are held on Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the High Springs Branch, 23779 W. US Highway 27.
“The idea for the veteran craft program came from a library user,” said Alicia Antone, Branch Manager at the High Springs Branch Library. “Our staff had just talked about developing a program specifically for veterans in our community. After researching the Help Heal Veterans organization, the Library District formed a partnership to bring this clinic to High Springs.”
For more information, please visit www.aclib.us or call the High Springs Branch at (386) 454-2515.
About Help Heal Veterans: Founded in 1971, Help Heal Veterans (HEAL VETS) has provided free therapeutic craft kits to hospitalized and homebound veterans for generations. Over that time, the organization has helped traumatized veterans improve their motor skills, while also developing better feelings of self-esteem and self-worth. Their kits help veterans take their minds out of the past and off their pain, letting them live more in the present.
HEAL VETS was organized after research and discussions with doctors, therapists and patients from various medical centers and military hospitals. Treatment centers and patients pay nothing for this generous service, made possible by thousands of caring contributors wanting to express their love and appreciation to America’s veterans. Visit www.healvets.org for more information.
About the Alachua County Library District:
Alachua County Library District (ACLD) is an independent special taxing district and the sole provider of public library services to approximately 250,000 citizens in Alachua County, with 12 branch locations, two bookmobiles and multiple deposit collections. The Library District strives to provide all community members with free, open and equal access to education, information and entertainment.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).