Wednesday, April 16, 2014

National Library Week

For the last few years, I've celebrated National Library Week here by asking you to share. Do you have a good memory of a library? Is it a public library, a school library, a special library somewhere? Or is there a special memory of a librarian?

I've been working in public libraries for forty-one years. I started as a page (a shelver) when I was sixteen. I've never left the library. It's where I met and married my husband, and where I met most of my friends. My mother worked in a high school library, and both of my sisters and a nephew worked as pages. We love libraries.

What about you? Is there a special library you want to tell us about? Celebrate National Library Week here with other readers.

And, I just can't resist sharing this from Neil Gaiman. (How can any librarian not love Neil Gaiman?)


14 comments:

DudleyFiles said...

My favorite Library is The Best Little Library In Texas, The Medina Community Library: http://www.medinacommunitylibrary.us/ It's in a small rural community, the people are nice, it serves the community in many ways, and just an all around fun place.

Anonymous said...

My sisters and I all were pages at our local library. We loved it and I worked there all the way through High School working up to desk assistant!2596995 1952

Margie Bunting said...

I love the Milpitas (CA) Library so much that I'm willing to pay $80 per year to use it instead of the local branch of the San Jose Library. This 2-story library is open 7 days a week (!), the new book shelves are well stocked, and it has a busy community room. But there's a special place in my heart for the Lynnewood Elementary School library in Havertown, PA, that stayed open even during the summertime (2 days a week) and where the fantastic librarian helped me forge a lifelong love of books and reading.

SandyG265 said...

My boyfriend and I go to our local library so often that the librarians pull our holds when they see us come in. In addition to getting books and movies out the library also runs a lot of fun programs. So far we've been to several Hispanic heritage days with music, dancing and food, vegan baking classes, and two Peruvian cooking classes.

Mark Baker said...

I grew up going to a library once a week for several hours. I often had some school work to do there, but I'd spend lots of time browsing the shelves finding more books to check out than I could possibly read.

The only difference between then and now is I buy the books. It was much cheaper back then.

Anyway, I have very happy memories of time spent in the library growing up.

Lesa said...

Thank you! I just enjoy seeing love notes to libraries, and knowing the differences they make in lives. Thank you! It's so good to hear what you're enjoying about your library, and the memories you have.

Jane R said...

Whoops. I'm chiming in a bit late. My first library 'job' was in junior high when I was a library aide. But, long before that, I spent many hours at our public library. I still remember the children's librarian who would hold books for me because she knew what I liked to read.

My father and I took weekly (at least) trips to the library, until the day I left for college. I remember spending those precious times with him and all because of our mutual love of reading and libraries. That is probably my fondest library memory.

When I decided to get my masters degree in library science (they don't call it that anymore) no one was really surprised. Libraries have always been a part of my life! (and thanks so much for allowing me to ramble about one of my favorite topics!)

Lesa said...

Jane, I have that same degree, no matter what they call it. And, feel free to ramble on about family and libraries. It's one of my favorite topics as well!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I always enjoyed going thru the books at my school's libraries ( from my small town school's small library to a bigger High School library )!
And now..I love to visit the local Public libraries near me, they have wonderful aisles to wander thru and books to check out. =)

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Oops..I think I spelled isles ( aisles ) wrong.. =D

Lesa said...

Nope. You were OK the first time, Melissa. It's always nice to catch up with you! Thanks.

Susan Boiko said...

In Queens Village, New York there was a wonderful summer reading program for children at the Queensborough Public Library. If you filled a library paper with bricks (2 for every book read and each library took 26 bricks) you got invited to an end of summer party.
In my age group (11-12 year olds) I was the only one who showed up to the party. The children's librarian was sad, but she played a literary quiz game with me. I got every answer right except for one about "A Wrinkle in Time" which I hadn't read yet. The kind librarian gave me 5 bags of candy, one for me and each of my siblings.
I'm sure that almost 5o years later, the shelves I had memorized hold different juvenile fiction now- but I still enjoy and re-read Beverly Cleary, E. Nesbit and Edward Ormondroyd, as well as Madeleine L'Engle.
Thank you to all librarians.

Lesa said...

Susan, What a nice memory of summer reading! My husband was one who always loved to participate, and kept his certificate from his summer reading programs at the library. And,just to tell you that Beverly Cleary and Madeleine L'Engle at least are still on the shelves.

Miche said...

I love my local library at Indooroopilly, Queensland Australia. It is run by a truly, caring librarian who ensures that the library is a welcoming place for all. The library is a community hub. My children say that it is my second home.