Catch a Glimpse From Inside the Library…
Library Moments brought to you by Librarian K
On one of the many cold, rainy mornings in May, a handful of library staff set up a table in front of Starbucks in Virginia Square. We do these 2-3 times a year and call it “Coffee Ambassadors.” The idea is to reach people where they are and to promote the library.
Some people stop by and chat for a while. Others pass by with a wary glance our way. And others, we rope into conversation with shouts of “do you have a library card?” This last one is what drew the attention of a mom and her young daughter.
“Actually, my daughter just signed up for a library card at school and is getting excited about summer reading!”
If there’s one thing that excites librarians, it’s knowing that a child has signed up for a library card! So it’s no surprise that we all started cheering and asking questions. What school? What’s your favorite book? What grade? Did you know that we offer a variety of programs for elementary kids? Who’s your teacher?
It turns out Ms. Powers is the little girl’s teacher. Many library staff know Ms. Powers and her sidekick, Humphrey. With the help of Ms. Powers, Humphrey brought Paws to Read to Arlington Public Library. It’s one of our most successful programs.
Seeing these connections in the real world remind library staff why we do what we do. It reminds us that…
We are community.
What are your library stories?