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Monday, April 15, 2013
Monday Discussion: National Library Week Edition
Welcome to National Library Week, the one week a year when the wonderful world of libraries are celebrated by all. And with Caroline Kennedy as our spokesperson this year, we are getting lots of media attention. Click through for more information.
In honor of National Library Week, I thought I would put a twist on the Monday Discussion today and ask you all what your favorite thing about being a library patron is.
I will go first. The library has meant many different things to me over the years, but I want to share a favorite moment from just last week. I love how my local public library is not only a place where my children love to go, but also, a place they are made to feel welcome. Too often kids are seen as pests in the community, but not at my library.
Let me explain. This last week my daughter's school art work was picked to be hung in the public library so we have been in and out of the Youth Department for her to show it off to people. On Friday, my 8 year old son and I went to look at it and get him a book. Here's what I loved. He went up to the librarian and the two of them had a 5 minute conversation about books. They were sharing back and forth about titles they enjoy and why. She was 3x his age, but talked to him like a peer. There was no baby talking or talking down. He was treated like a book loving patron. He left happy and I left elated. He will remember positive interactions like this forever, and that makes me happy.
So in honor of National Library Week share your library patron moments here.
I am a Librarian [MLIS] in Illinois specializing in serving leisure readers ages 13 and up. I train library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through their local public library. I am the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d edition (ALA Editions, 2012). I am under contract to write content for EBSCO's NoveList database, reviews for Booklist, am a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, a 5 term Trustee for my local library, and am a proud member of The Horror Writers' Association. Check out the side bar for links to the groups and organizations with which I am affiliated.