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Why Being a Librarian Gives me Plenty of Reasons to Smile

By Diana T. In October 2005, I re-entered the work force after 15 years of being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. I started as a shelver at Northfield Public Library in Northfield, MN, then very quickly morphed over to Outreach Coordinator there, driving the bookmobile to low income neighborhoods, county towns without a library, and day cares.
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Football, School Libraries, and Ferguson, MO: What’s the Connection?

By Kate M.  Last year, I wrote about the opening of school and the inherent craziness of textbooks and class schedules, but this year I decided to write about high school football. Now, you may ask what prompted such an odd choice for a library blog? In truth, there are two or more reasons, but perhaps the one closest to
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For the Love of Books

By Sara T. I was five when I got my first library card. It was green and beige and I got to “sign” the back – clear evidence of my terrible kindergarten handwriting. My mom and I would take weekly trips there, a bag load of books hanging from her shoulder and an eager kid with a gap-toothed smile pulling
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School Librarian Feeds Sharks

By Margot H.  My 5th-grader loves her school librarian, Miss S., who is quirky in the best possible ways. We often see her around town, walking while reading a book. Her newly hatched chicks are always a big draw at Back-to-School-Night. And Miss S. has a special knack for helping each student find the perfect book. Last week, my daughter
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High School Dropout to Lawyer: A Library Success Story

By Carol S. This is my father’s story: He was a high school dropout. Although he loved to read, he didn’t like school, so he would frequently ditch class and hide out at the Detroit Public Library, devouring books until the truant officer found him and dragged him back to school. Eventually he dropped out of school altogether in order
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Winds of Change

By Cindy M.  I was a non traditional student returning to school for a master’s degree. I was confronted at every turn with the integration of technology into the education system. (High school math for me meant slide rules not calculators). One of my neighbors happened to be the head of the library at the university I was attending. I
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Libraries are essential to the communities they serve. Yet the media is fond of reporting that they’ve become “irrelevant.” Libraries are facing real challenges, but they’re also working hard—and smart—to keep pace with user needs and changing technologies. And, every day, people flock to them to take advantage of their many offerings. Don’t you think it’s time to share libraries’ successes? >>>

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Rumors of the demise of libraries have been greatly exaggerated… Library staff and users share stories about their library experiences. Why? They want to change the dialog that’s been so much a part of recent library news. Hear from those who use and love libraries. Learn more about what’s happening all around the country. And share these great stories with your friends and family! >>>

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Libraries need—and deserve—a better story. We must tell friends and family about how they change lives for the better. Do you have a story about how access to content, tools, and services has helped individuals or groups?  Post it here, then spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. You’ll help more people understand the great things libraries do for the communities they serve. >>>

PROMOTE

Get the word out. It’s one thing to have a great library experience. It’s another thing to tell others about it. If your library is looking to collect-and share-stories about library engagement and success, then we’re here to help. Check us out for My Library Story ads for your website, social media posts you can send out, and more. >>>

ADVOCATE

National Library Week 2015 will be here in a flash. And Gale has pledged to donate $1 to fund library awareness campaigns for every story submitted. Stories-whether told by librarians or patrons-are powerful and inspirational. There are other ways to help, too. Read on for more ideas about how you can advocate for libraries and your library colleagues. >>>

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From Miami to Memphis, San Francisco to Baltimore, libraries across the country are having a positive impact on their communities. And the media is responding. Browse this collection of full-length feature articles, the latest blog posts, and studies that address what libraries are doing and how they’re doing it. >>>