Real Stories

Authors on Libraries

Writers are passionate supporters of libraries. We’ve interviewed over 100 authors over the last few years. We asked them about their memories of libaries and how they use their libraries today along with their views on censorship and budget cuts at libraries.  Hear what they have to say about the importance of libraries.

I Love My Librarian Award

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

Real Life Stories

For every person who loves libraries, there is a story about what the library means to them.  Read stories about libraries submitted by real people or share your own story.

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. 

Has the library made a difference in your life? Share your story.
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