January 18, 2022

Groton Public Library donates knitted items made by volunteers

S.N. Briere/staff reporter

Barbara Exton of Groton sits on her couch Monday knitting a baby-blue hat for the Groton Public Library. She and others have been knitting hats for the library to hand out to the community every winter.

GROTON — Barbara Exton of Groton looped the baby blue yarn around one of her knitting needles Monday evening while sitting on her couch. She resumed work on the hat she had just started.

“I’ve been knitting all my life,” she said the next day.

Now she’s working on hats for the Groton Public Library, which gives them to anyone who needs them. Library Director Sara Knobel said she recently put out a call to people asking if people had yarn to donate.

Donate some yarn

Call the Groton Public Library at 607-898-5055 or email director@grotonpubliclibrary.org to arrange a donation of yarn or volunteer to knit hats.

People responded, too, she said, noting she had yarn for a while.

“I finished three last night,” Exton said. “I can do about three a week.”

Knobel said she started having knitters drop off hats to give out about five years ago. This year, she said she’s not sure how she’s going to do it; the pandemic has curtailed the library’s hours and her ability to distribute hats.

“People said we’ll give you hats and I said I’ll find a way to get them out to people,” Knobel said.

Knobel said more people have started knitting for the library over the years. Four or five knit them now, and some add scarves, gloves or other items. Knobel doesn’t keep track of how many hats she gives away — as many as people knit.

Exton joined in about two years ago. She said she’s knitted probably around 100 or so hats.

“I just use whatever yarn I have,” Exton said. At first, she bought her own, but then started getting some from the library.

“I still do buy some yarn for myself,” she said, noting she likes multi-colored yarns.

Exton said because she doesn’t have a car she can do very little to give back to the community. But this is one way she can.

“It makes you feel very good,” Exton said.