Real Life Stories

Diane from Cardiff, California

I grew up in a dysfunctional family and a economically depressed area. Alcoholism, mental illness and a sense of hopelessness permeated our home and no one in my family or at school had any hope that I'd amount to much of anything. My saving grace was that our town had a wonderful library. Reading expanded my horizons and made me believe that I didn't have to settle for a life of limited possibilities.

Kim from Bossier City, Louisiana

Once upon a time, a little girl dreamed of "owning" a library when she grew up.

Well, I certainly grew up, but I don't "own" a library. However, my story is even more interesting...funny how life is more fun when you just jump on the ride! Currently, I am the Library Media Specialist at a public elementary school in the land of Bossier City, LA.

Lisa from Little Neck, New York

This past year, while home raising my three-year old daughter who was not yet in preschool, we visited the library almost daily. Queens library offered a variety of programs that enriched my daughter's life tremendously.

Adair from Fairfield, Connecticut

 As a child I was overwhelmed and I must confess bored by
   libraries. The Dewy Decimal System was not written in my
   language. The buildings were gray, dark, and lifeless. Sweat
   rolled into my eyes, my lips quivered and I stifled fear every
   time I asked the Reference Librarian a question. I thought I was
   supposed to already know the answer.

   What changed all this? Libraries changed. The institution of

Joan from Palmyra, Virginia

I have always loved the library, but growing up in a small town, I was allowed to walk to the library by myself. I loved the sight and smell of all of those stacks of books. 

In the summer, the library held a contest to find the child who would read the most number of books over the summer and also be able to verbally review the books for the librarian every week. I never won the contest, but had the pleasure of reading a lot of books. 

Anonymous from San Antonio, Texas

1. Please tell us in 2-3 sentences why your nominee should win this award.  What sets him/her apart?
There are three reasons why I feel that Ms. Wittenbach is meritorious of this award: 1. Excpetional student service 2. intergration of technology and 3. incredible faculty relations

2. Please discuss how the nominee has helped you and/or others and made your experience of the library a more positive one. For instance, did the nominee assist you in a research project or enhance your students' learning experience?

William from San Antonio, Texas

1. Please tell us in 2-3 sentences why your nominee should win this award.  What sets him/her apart?
She has led the establishment of a new university library from scratch for a Hispanic-serving university in South San Antonio. With few resources, she has built a respectable collection and provided crucial services to a non-traditional student population. Her work has been heroic and merits recognition.

Daniel from Brooklyn, N.Y.

1. How long have you known the nominee and how did you come to know him or her?
I have known Seamus since January, when I started teaching at the Center for Worker Education / City College of New York. I asked Seamus about the possibility of ordering some books for the library which supported the learning of the students in the class I was teaching.

2. Please list a few ways in which the nominee has helped you and others and made your experience of the library a positive one.

Martin from New York, N.Y.

1. How long have you known the nominee and how did you come to know him or her?
Seamus Scanlon has been the librarian at the Center for Worker Education for the past two years.  In addition to establishing the library and overseeing its programs for the Center for Worker Education, which serves non-traditional students who pursue their degrees while attending classes in the evenings and on weekends, Seamus has worked with faculty to incorporate library resources into our curricula.

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