I’m reminded of stories for many reasons, not just because libraries hold mountains of story books, both true and fiction, but because I run into stories every day with people I meet, which need to be told.
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It’s not just the number of patrons who walk through the doors or the number of books borrowed that matters. The library is about cultivating a love for reading, encouraging new readers, and converting nonreaders into readers. How is that done?
As a child, I absolutely loved going to the library; and the best visits were those with storytime. As an adult, a beautifully read story or audiobook still provides fantastic entertainment. Luckily, storytime isn’t just for kids anymore. Libraries across the nation and the world have added programs where adults can come and be entertained by a story. Some libraries have been doing this type of program for several years now. Many of them hold the program over lunch hour and suggest that patrons bring their bag lunch with them, as was done at the Winona Public Library, Winona, Minn. Their first session, which occurred in September 2015, even brought in a patron who hadn’t been to the library in a long time.
Whether you’re helping a senior citizen use a tablet for the first time or helping a fifth grader with a research report, your library is doing amazing work every day. But does your community know it? And how can you tell your library’s story to increase public support?
This winter I have been hosting a weekly podcast series with local entrepreneurs and business owners who want to share their stories of becoming their own boss. Podcasts can be created very easily and uploaded in a matter of minutes. They are a great way to share stories and connect community members.
Sensory-enhanced storytime at Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries (DCL) is an inclusive program developed for all ages, children through young adults, who are on the autism spectrum or differently abled, and presented at a preschool level of development. Everyone is welcome at each of our library storytimes, but we began this storytime because some find greater enjoyment in its modified environment of a closed room where lighting and music are lower, movement and conversation are encouraged, and there are multiple ways to engage through the senses. Public libraries offer many programs based on their patrons’ age, abilities, interests, and other factors, and sensory-enhanced storytime at DCL is another expression of our commitment to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Core Values of Librarianship.
Recently I watched the webinar, Creating A Culture of Storytelling presented by TechSoup. It featured three fantastic presenters that gave examples of the importance of storytelling within a non-profit or library setting. According to this webinar, storytelling within an organization can lead to employee cohesion, thereby making their organization’s mission stronger.