Do you love your library?

For the past couple weeks, I have been writing a paper on the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as part of a course on the management of information organizations.  In my reading and research, I discovered some amazing things about the history of CRRL. I love the Virginiana Room that houses a collection of local history resources. Sadly, the library currently faces significant budget and staffing challenges.

I was lucky to grow up in a town with an excellent library. During a time when the state of California was slashing support of libraries statewide, the City of Thousand Oaks made a commitment to its library, with the result that their collections and services grew while other libraries shrank. These days, the huge aquarium in the children’s section is amazing (and of course I’m partial to the whole Newbury Park branch where I used to shelve books after school). But like CRRL, the TO Library’s funding is in question (for a brief article about this, click here).

This link offers ideas as to how patrons can show their library some love.  My favorite suggestions are to honor a friend or relative’s birthday with a book for the library and to support library referenda in elections.

What do you love about your public library?



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5 responses to “Do you love your library?

  1. I love that our small town library has so many activities for the kids and that all of the librarians know us by name. I also love that it’s part of an 18 library consortium with free inter-library loan between all of the library. Between the 18 libraries they have almost all of the books that I am interested in.

  2. I am a huge fan of the TO library, too. It is my happy place. 🙂 In fact, people make fun of me but I still make the drive from West L.A. to visit that library. Everything about it feels well cared for and peaceful, and I have tons of happy memories from their summer reading programs.

  3. I love everything about my library! I’m such a huge fan. My neighbourhood branch is currently closed for renovations so I go to the branch in the next neighbourhood. It is very small with not much selection, but I’m able to order books from any other branch in Toronto so it’s not a big deal!

    But most importantly, my branch is a neighbourhood hub. It’s a troubled neighbourhood so it’s great to see the kids gathered there, and the librarians are so friendly!

    Libraries are amazing. I wish more people would take advantage of the wealth of information they have available to them!

    • I love that you noticed your library is a “neighbourhood hub.” Where I live there is not an area teen center or senior center sponsored by the city, so the library and its branches serve as a community center. There’s much more than just book discussions going on any given day–it is a great opportunity for different generations to interact.

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