You may remember seeing heart signs pop up in Westport a few months ago, and it looks like the trend is making its way to Swansea thanks to the Swansea Free Public Library.

The Friends of the Swansea Free Public Library, a 501c organization that supports the library, noticed the trend of heart signs around town. The organization thought this would be the perfect way to spread positivity and keep the town’s spirit high while simultaneously raising funds for the town’s library.

“It’s been a hard year and a half for everyone,” said Eileen Dyer, Director of the Swansea Library. “This is a way to share care and joy in the community. To recognize people that should be thanked for all that they have done, whether they are first responders, essential workers, or someone that might just need their heart lifted up.”

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Dyer believes this is the perfect way to connect with one another.

“We serve all people. It’s nice to be able to extend that across the community," she said.

The library asks for a donation of $5, but the meaning behind the sign is priceless. You’ll see these hearts popping up on Swansea lawns as neighbors show appreciation for their neighbors and heroes that worked tirelessly in 2020.

The idea is to purchase a heart and place it in the lawn of someone you care for. Dyer is excited for things to be returning to normal, but as we are in the limbo of the “new normal” this will be a pleasant reminder that we are all in this together.

If you are interested in participating in the “Show Swansea Some Heart” movement, heart signs will be available at the library. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 10 am to 8 p.m., Friday 10 am. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

I can’t wait to see these hearts take over Swansea neighborhoods as we continue to band together and show support for one another.

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