Real Life Stories

Jenn from California

"What could be better than meeting up at your local library for storytime with other moms who are looking for something fun, organized and free?"

The library has been a staple part of our activities and schedule for as long as I can remember being a mom. What could be better than meeting up at your local library for storytime with other moms who are looking for something fun, organized and free?

Ande from Maryland

“His ability to read has given him the confidence to dream big, and he does not view his dyslexia as a problem at all.”

Ande Fraser, a home-schooling mother of three based in Smithburg, Maryland, says she had to learn to “think outside the box” when she found out her 10-year-old son, Carrington, was dyslexic.

“We had to look at how we were addressing things in life,” she says, referring to her family who reads together every night.

Fisher Family from Washington

"I have come to appreciate the library as a way to connect with our larger community – a community that values reading and learning."

Going to the library is my kids’ favorite rainy-day activity.  And since we live in the damp Pacific Northwest, we go often! 

Our trips to the library began when the boys were little and we went to the weekly baby and toddler story time with the children’s librarian.  It was a great way for us to get out and meet other parents with young kids, some of whom have become good friends. 

Laura from Illinois

"Our public library makes all kinds of cultural events and learning experiences available to all kids – regardless of their economic status."

Laura Curley of Chicago got her son a library card as soon as the 3-year-old could write his name. She’s grateful for the wealth of knowledge the library offers her now 4-year-old son, who favors authors Roald Dahl and Mary Pope. But Curley is especially thankful for the Chicago Public Library’s Kraft Great Kids Museum Pass program, which offers free family passes to multiple Chicago cultural institutions.

Eliza from Seattle, Washington

The Seattle Public Library has been my own personal business school. Since starting my own wedding photography company, Eliza Truitt Photography, three years ago, I've used it for educating myself on all aspects of my business. Doing a quick search at my public library's website there are ten books devoted exclusively to running a photography business. Expand a little to look at books on running a small business and the possibilities are limitless.

Jennifer from Harrisburg, North Carolina

My nose was always in a book. Whether it was required reading for school or a Nancy Drew mystery, I couldn’t get enough. I come from a long line of book lovers. My grandmother was a librarian, and my parents always put a strong emphasis on reading. The library was a place we loved to go. My love of reading continued throughout my school years. I had a list of authors I enjoyed and looked forward to the next book to be released.

Helen from Hudson, Massachusetts

With the help of libraries, I published a book—3 different editions—and created a profitable web site.

Fourteen years ago, my husband and I attended a library book sale and were discussing how we could find other sales. Our family had relied on libraries—and library book sales—throughout our sons' school years, but now our sons had careers of their own—my work was finished. It was just the two of us, and book sales were still a weekend ritual.

Michelle from Brooklyn

Three years ago I started my own business, ScooterFood LLC, a homemade dog food manufacturing company inspired by my dog, Scooter Mae (left). I’m happy to say that in 2007, ScooterFood is a thriving business but at the beginning I was a complete novice—and out of work. I had the entrepreneurial spirit but no expertise. I had no money. But I did have my public library card.

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