Patrons Your Library Serves:
Share a transformation at your library that you are most proud of.
The Story Cottage is our most ambitious project and the most successful.
Describe your library’s most innovative or most successful service or program.
Based on the memories of our graduating seniors, I would have to say that The Story Cottage is our most successful program. We always hear from them that it is one of the things they remember most. Many of them return from college and even bring their own children to visit the library and the “cottage.” We hope that this will continue long past our own years here.
How does your library connect with your community?
We take our reading program “on the road.” Sometimes we go to the local mall and we invite families from outside our school population to come and visit when our admissions office hosts “Toddler Tales.” Moms and/or dads and their toddlers come to “The Cottage” for a late breakfast and a story.
What is your library’s vision for the future?
In our dreams, we see that the library will take on new looks; bright and colorful furnishings, quiet spaces for teens, digital learning areas, perhaps a game space and a makerspace. The science classes in our school are already on board with the maker project and we also have a classroom that serves as a video studio. Incorporating these programs into our existing library program is the ideal.
How do you stay inspired?
Seeing the amazement on little faces as they come to The Story Cottage is the best reward. They always let us know what’s working. That’s inspiration!
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Listen to the children. They’re always smarter than we think and they teach us every day.