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The Prompt: Librarians are awesome. Not only are they helpful, they’re very fun to talk to and give great recommendations. Show your library some love, and the wonderful men and women that run it. Why is your library fantastic? Got any funny stories? Feature your library on your blog? Do an interview with a librarian?
My co-blogger and I actually ran a week of posts last summer celebrating libraries, so there’s a lot we’ve already covered including:
- The Best Things about My Local Library (Part 1 and Part 2)
- The Joy of Browsing (Guest Post)
- Saving Our Libraries (Guest Post)
- Library Online Resources (Guest Post)
- What Library Resource Are You? (A Personality Quiz)
To switch things up today, instead of focusing more on what libraries can do for communities, I’m going to focus on what library patrons can do for librarians.
Five Ways to Help Your Local Librarians:
(A List Informed by Actual Librarians!)
1.) Tell them how much you love your library!
Library funding is being cut, so library workers are doing the best they can to provide patrons with stellar services. They’re sorry if you don’t like the summer reading prizes and wanted something cooler; they rely on donations and put a lot of work into planning the summer programs.
2.) Watch your children.
Librarians know your kids are excited to be in the library. All those books! But it’s difficult for them to monitor your children while answering questions from other patrons and making sure the shelves are all in order.
3.) Use the carts provided for used books if you don’t want to check one out.
The library uses the books on those carts for statistics, so you’re actually not doing the workers a favor by putting a book back on its place on the shelf.
4.) If you borrow a CD or DVD that doesn’t work or a book that’s ruined, let them know.
If the library knows about a problem, they can fix it. Also, informing the library about damage you didn’t cause could actually help you avoid a fine.
5.) Ask for a recommendation.
Librarians are readers, and they love talking about books! They’ll be super excited to help you find your next great read. And if you do enjoy the book, come back and tell them!