|Kieran||all||I had some young boys coming into the library to play video games after school. They asked me if I could get more Star Wars games and I asked them if they had seen the Star Wars graphic novels. They checked out an armload. They came back a week later asking if I could get more of the Star Wars graphic novels and I said have you seen the books. I took them to the science fiction section. The ten year old looked at the pages and assured his younger brother they could read them. Their mom came in later and said the older brother was reading the books to the younger brother, and it was the first time she had ever seen them turn off the TV and read. ||11/20/09 7:40|
|Lisa||all||Lisa Traditi||Health Science Library - UCD||A recent college graduate finds out about and opportunity for a full-ride graduate school scholarship through her social sorority. She has to go to the University of Arizona and she has to decide which program to enter. What should she study? With a degree in English, she wants to stay near publishing, books, literature, keep learning and still support herself.|
She visits the refernece desk of her local public library, where the librarian asks if she's ever thought about being a special librarian - working in a corporate library. She reads up and likes what sees.
She gets the scholarship, graduating from the University of Arizona Library School. After test-driving different types of special libraries, she settles in health science-working as a hospital librarian and an academic health sciences librarian, where she spends a career helping health care professionals provide better care for their patients. After 24 years as a librarian, she still learns something new everyday.
She wishes she had gotten that reference librarian's name, so she could thank her.
|Mel||all||Mel Jensen||PUYSC (institutions)||Cody read his first book while staying at my youth detention center. Like most of our residents, he'd missed enough school over the years that reading was neither fun nor easy. By the time he left, Cody was finishing whole books in a week, a feat we were both proud of. Like too many of my kids, Cody came back a few weeks later. The first thing he did was come tell me he'd visited his public library 'on the outs' and to share all the books he'd read.||11/20/09 8:05|
|Merrie||all||Merrie Valliant||Johnson and Wales University||I thank the librarian who, when I was on bed rest for a rough pregnancy, came every week to replenish my reading materials.||11/20/09 8:33|
|Anonymous||As a contribution to literacy efforts, our Library District coordinates a quarterly meeting of literacy agencies in the County. At last week's meeting, we offered space, fruit and coffee and let everyone talk about what they are doing. The networking, information sharing and socializing resulted in serious talk about collaborating on a specific grant opportunity. One attendee commented that she had been in meetings for the past 2 days and the meeting at the library offered the most substance and enduring sustainability. What a great outcome for simply offering space, maintaining an invitation list and providing food--sustainance for body and soul.||11/20/09 10:15|
|Sarah||all||Sarah Johnson||Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library||When I was a kid, my mom took me to the library all the time. I got to choose my own books and check out as many as I wanted. It didn't matter if I read them or not; my mom always let reading be my own business. In school I was always reading in class and did well in reading. In 5th grade, I started volunteering in the school library during our reading class because I finished my work so fast. This was the best part of school. I couldn't wait for library time and volunteering in the library. As an undergraduate I worked in the university archive. I loved it and I met some of my best friends there. After graduating, I started working in child care. This is grueling work and I admire anyone who has devoted their life to it. I discovered this was not what I wanted to be doing the rest of my life. I love working with kids, but not as a classroom teacher or child care provider. The best part of the day was when I got to read stories to the kids. I thought back to my favorite jobs in the past and where I love to spend my time and I decided to get my MLIS. Every day I go to work, I know I have chosen the right career. When I see the kids in the library writing call numbers on the note papers to find their books, I know I am making a difference. Sometimes there are only scribbles on that piece of paper, but I know the kids are copying me and learning about the library just from watching me. Every time I hear a story about kids playing story time at home and mimicking my words to their stuffed animals, I know I am helping to shape a child's life as they are forming a connection to reading and their library. I love my job and the library is the best place to work.||11/20/09 11:57|
|Jessica||all||I don't really have the nostalgic view of libraries that everyone else seems to wax poetic on. Instead, my first and most transformative experience with libraries was slightly more risque. I grew up in a rural Texas town that didn't have sex education or or a Planned Parenthood in sight. So, with a decidedly overworked mom who didn't take the time to have the birds and the bees talk and definite daddy issues due to my absentee father, in my early teen years I was brimming with uncontrolled hormones, unexpressed emotions, and a variety of questions. I was allowed to study at the library rather than staying home, since I could ride my bike safely there. It was there that I discovered a seeming plethora of answers to my burning questions - in the romance section. I devoured loads of bodice rippers. I also discovered an outlet for my teenage sexual questions without the messy and dangerous method that most of my friends were employing - vast quantities of unprotected sex. While romance was ripe with sexual satisfaction, it also created in me a respect for strong women who demanded that their men also be strong and selfless. The heroes in these novels treated their women not as sexual objects, but as people worthy of love. This created in me the desire to inspire such emotions in a man rather than settling for the lesser momentary gratification and later mortification of an active sex life. I am eternally grateful to my library for housing the books that saved me from the fate of so many of my high school friends. I developed a taste for all kinds of literature (although I am still loyal to the romance genre in particular). I met the man of my dreams and found the career of my dreams. I hope everyday to introduce patrons to literature that speaks to them. Whatever genre they choose, I am sure that my library holds the resources to turn all people toward a brighter future.||11/20/09 14:03|
|Sheena||all||Sheena Barbour||student||When I was fresh out of high school and new in the big city for college, I got the job that changed my life forever. My work study position as Circulation Assistant at my university library opened my eyes to my future career. I had always been a lover of books but it never occured to me to form my life around them. I am now pursuing my MLIS degree and I have never flet more at ease, or at home.||11/20/09 16:03|
|Sunny||all||One of the finest examples of libraries connecting with community and making a difference in the quality of life is the Homebound Program that Garfield County Library has begun in conjunction with Meals on Wheels. As I began going to peoples homes to interview them for this program, I realized I was doing this with a great deal of trepidation as the preliminary phone interviews were less than excited. But, as I chose books, filled bags, sent them off with the enthusiasm of a college mom and her care package, I realized that I was possibly opening doors to life that may have been closed or possibly forgotten. |
Soon, the phone began to ring and I heard such joy in the voices of the patrons who began to make special requests and just call to say "thank you." I had sent a James Herriott book to a lady who had requested books about animals. She called with excitement to say thank you. I could hear her smile. She had never experienced James Herriott and wanted more "please." Another patron is a former librarian who has called to tell us what a valuable service this is and how we are expanding the lives of all who are receiving this service.
This has been not only a life changing experience for our homebound patrons, but has been a source of fulfillment for all those involved in bringing these books to them.
|Sunny||all||One of the casualties of the downturn in the economy and the upswing in companies requiring prospective employees to apply on line is the patron who has minimal computer skills. Having never needed these skills in the past, they are part of a vast sea of people with employable skills not found in cyber space. When we began to offer computer classes for novices, we realized how invaluable this skill was. Not only are people required to fill out applications on line, but to obtain and have usable knowledge of an email address for response. It is such a joy to see someone's eyes light up when they realize they have acquired a skill that brings them up to date and opens new horizons. |
There are also those, who learn for their own gratification. As we help them to navigate the application for an email account, we can hear a small glimmer of triumph in their voices. But, show them how to do a web search, and see how they thrive. Be it recipes, geneology, or mechanics, the world opens up and they are once again a vibrant part of it. We hear thank you, again and again, as if once was not enough.
|Kathleen||all||We first moved to our small town a year and a half ago and we did not know anybody. I am a stay-at-home mom of two small children and I wanted to meet other moms and make some friends but I had no idea how to go about that. We moved in the late fall and it was too cold to meet people at a playground.|
I decided to go to the library and see if they had a children's reading hour. I found out the time and started to attend. It was nice because it was the one day a week I could count on a little social interaction for both my children and myself. The librarian would read a few books and then the kids would do a fun craft.
After a few weeks of attending we started to get to know the other mothers and children that attended and they invited us to a playgroup as well. Now we had two days a week to look forward to!
Most of our friends up here have come from either the library reading hour or from the playgroup we found because of it. We still go to reading hour every week and my children love the stories and crafts. I am so glad I went to the library to inquire because it helped so much in allowing us to find a place in our community.
|Maria Deherrra||all||From Feb.6th to March 6th with the help from Adams State College and the Vida Program, the library offered free tax preparation n to the public. The first sat. We had over 50 people show up. The comments we received was how they were paying so much to get their taxes done and getting so little back. This year they were going get some money back they were not aware they could get. They were so grateful for the help in these hard times.||4/5/10 11:08|
|Meagan||all||My grandmother bought her house because it was across the street from a library. She loved to read and I got my love of reading from her!||4/8/10 13:03|
|Doug||all||I always think of my daughter when I hear the word library. I think of libraries now as virtual centers of learning. Not like the stuffy, cold places with cranky librarians that I remember as a kid.||4/12/10 8:12|
|Julie||all||My 19 mo. old son (and often mine) favorite thing to do each week is Humpty Dumpty Story time at the Loveland Library. We sing, dance and read. He loves seeing all the other kids and especially the wonderful Ms. Lolly. We read a couple of books each week which he loves. Last week we went to a special event at the Berthoud Library and one of the first things he did was walk to the center of the entertainment and grab a book off the shelf, sit down in the middle of everyone and start looking at the book! I know he associates the Library with fun time because of Story time and for that I am most grateful!||4/30/10 5:16|
|Mike||all||My company develops and sells Citrus legal citation software. We need current information about the latest editions available for important legal material, expert advice on how practicing attorneys use particular legal authorities, and the best places to find information. Much of the material is available from Wise Law Library's on-line catalog information and of course the librarians are a wealth of information. Even when they recommend materials from the web, their recommendations save my team hundreds of hours of trying to evaluate the reliability and authoritativeness of the materials.|
My company could not hope to hire the expertise that we get from the Wise Law Librarians at Colorado University. (Wise is the name of the library, by the way, although Wise Law Librarians is also a catchy title that would be appropriate in this case and would look good on their business cards). We might not be able to operate without the expertise of the people at Wise, and we would certainly not operate as effectively.