Real Life Stories

Donna from Steubenville, Ohio

Our Public Library Helped Me Organize for Success

“You should do this as a business!” That's what I repeatedly heard from family, friends, and co-workers as I helped them get organized at home and at the office. Organizing was something I enjoyed doing and came naturally to me, so helping others clear clutter and make great use of their space was more fun than a favor. But my background was in theatre, not business, so what did I know about running a business?

 

The Curran Family from Illinois

The library is one of the greatest assets that a community can provide for families.   Where else can you go and find rows and rows of books, access to computers, DVDs, music, games for kids, and activities and programming designed to educate and entertain?!   And, the best part of all of this is that it is free!   Before my children were school-aged, I treated the library as their school.   We would go once a week for storytime and to check out a new stack of books.   Reading has always been a key part of my husband’s and my interaction wit

Rita from Florida

We go to the library every Saturday like clockwork.  We usually wind up spending a couple of hours there and find a lot of things to talk about afterward.  Saturday night is family movie night so we will usually pick up a DVD to watch that night as well.

The Moehle Family from Michigan

Each of us found our own path to the library.  The Mom is what you’d call a bibliophile; she loves books and the library.  Her relationship began 36 years ago when Miss Bennett invited the children to storytime. The Mom sat down on the rug and proceeded to take her shoes and socks off –she’s been that comfortable with the library ever since. The Dad took a little coaxing. Once there he was pleasantly surprised “there were other dads, with kids!

Robyn and Chad K. from Illinois

Our family loves our library!  We are fortunate to have a fantastic library in our town.  When our daughter Shaylee was 3 months old, we took her to the library.  They had a program where they gave you a free tote bag and children's book after you had a baby.

Richard from Memphis, Tennessee

On a recent summer day, it came to my attention that my children were bored. This alert was not a subtle one; these are not subtle kids. The two syllables of "I'm bored" came out in the droning, whining tone of one of those French police sirens: "I'mmm bored … I'mmm bored."

Because the temperature was creeping up toward 100 degrees, I packed up my two daughters and took them to the coolest place I could think of: the public library. Once there, I filled out enough paperwork to either get them their very first library cards or to buy a whole other child.

Katie from Chicago, Illinois

You would think that as an elementary school teacher with an English minor and a house and classroom full of books that I would frequent the public library as often as possible.

Well, up until a week or so ago, I had never been the proud owner of a library card. However, I can now proudly boast to anyone who will listen that I have a library card and I LOVE it!

Here’s why:

1. It is frugal living to the max.
2. It is environmentally friendly.
3. Book, books and more books.

Beth from Illinois

As a single mom living on a shoestring budget, there are few places I love more than our local library. Ever since my son was a baby we’ve been regulars, dropping by for pop-in story time, sing-a-longs, and even kid yoga. Now that my “baby” is 6, we’re still regulars, only now he is the one who searches for the monthly calendar and circles all the events that look interesting. From learning how to make a paper airplane to dropping in for family movie time, our public library has become our home away from home.

Sheela from San Jose, California

Libraries are great for all ages.   It is great for kids in improving and keeping up with their reading.  Storytime introduces books to kids.  There are several programs offered to kids and adults.

I checked out books from the library for my son.  With the help from staff, I introduced books for my son from which he began to read.  He is reading with confidence in school.  He enjoys reading books.

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