Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Feature: Library Love

Book Fare Delights will have a new weekly feature called Library Love >> see my purty badge?! :)

This feature will discuss issues facing our public libraries and librarians, why the library is an essential American institution and needs to be preserved, and hopefully stories from other librarians, readers, library advocates, authors, and bloggers on why they love their library! If you're interested in doing a guest post please contact me at bookfaredelights[at]gmail[dot]com

I love libraries. Always have. Guess it's no surprise I became a librarian. But even if I hadn't gone into the library field, I would still be an vocal library advocate.

I visited the Clark County Public Library for most of my life. Visiting their bookmobile weekly, then the Main Library once my family moved closer to it.

When I moved to Columbus for college , I frequented the Columbus Metropolitan Library (who was awarded Library of the Year for 2010!).

Then, I went to library school and began seeking employment at the local libraries. I found myself working part time at the Worthington Libraries (awarded the Library of the Year for 2007).

When I found full-time employment as a Librarian, it was not in the public library realm. I now found myself a solo-Academic Librarian. I've been in that position for almost three years. I love my job. But I still miss working in the public library.

Why share my library use resume? Because our public libraries are in danger. Budgets are getting slashed left and right, while library usage and circulation continues to rise. Holly at The Book Binge recently posted on this topic and linked to the Huffington Post article on our endangered libraries. While following the discussion at The Book Binge, I saw several Anonymous comments that really struck a nerve. These comments sparked the creation of this feature. I think a lot of people miss what libraries are all about. Hopefully, I can do my part in spreading the Library Love. Thanks to Holly for letting me steal her post title for my new feature!

Again, are you a librarian, library advocate, reader, author, or blogger who wants to stand up for our libraries? Do you have a love story for your library to share? I'd love to hear from folks and have guest posts! Please contact me at bookfaredelights[at]gmail[dot]com !


  1. I remember the days of walking the aisles of a quiet library. It's been about four years since I've flashed my plastic card at a librarian. Lately I've had to start buying e-books to save space in my apartment.

  2. I feel your pain. I have to constanly re-evaluate my ginormous piles b/c I have NO room in my apartment. Still don't have an e-reader yet. But I've been eying the nook!

  3. I think this is going to be a great feature, Mollie :D Looking forward to it... and I like your badge :D It's really nice!

  4. Thanks Nath, I love messing around with Photoshop! So glad I have access to it at work :D

  5. I found your post via Marg at Adventures of an Intrepid Reader. I'm not a libarian...I am a page -- and absolutely adore my job!! Who knew I could feel such ZEN shelving spine after spine of books. Our library system (Central Arkansas Library System) recently had to cut over $1M from their budget due to a faulty tax, that wasn't supposed to take affect until next year. Luckily, no one has lost their jobs, but it's been a tight rope. I LOVE this meme and would love to participate.

  6. I wonder if you can get people in England involved too? More people should support their local libraries and see what they're missing out on! I love browsing in mine.
    I'm sure our British ones are in need of money too!

  7. Milly,

    That's a good idea! I don't really know much about how the library systems work outside of the US. Recently came upon this article from the Guardian discussing libraries:

    However, it really doesn't discuss the fund issues in the UK.

    Thanks for the input! :)


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