Five minutes on a Thursday afternoon

Libraries have changed; everyone knows this. There are no shushing fingers, aisles of silence and stern librarians imparting knowledge (not sure there have ever been these, especially wearing spectacles down their noses and tweed skirts). The library is used by people from all areas of the community for so many different reasons.

Fendalton Library
Femdalton Library, Flickr CCL-2012-09-24IMG_7917

Libraries are true community spaces, and I decided to test this out by wandering around Fendalton Library on a Thursday afternoon at 2pm. Here is a list of what I found in 5 minutes… It reads a little like the twelve days of Christmas:

  • 9 people playing board games
  • 10 knitters knitting
  • 4 browsing the recent returns
  • 7 using the wifi on their laptops
  • 5 people reading
  • 6 in the non-fiction section
  • someone skyping in Italian
  • a mother reading to her child in our oversized chair
  • 5 students studying
  • a tutor teaching a young child maths
  • a group practicing conversational English
  • 4 people issuing books
  • kids returning a mountain of picture books
  • 2 people using the wifi on their phones
  • 8 people on the public computers
  • 1 on the photocopier
  • a boy making origami
  • 1 shelver shelving
  • two trolleys being emptied
  • two help desks being used
  • and someone asking where the toilet is

Whew! All over this fair city, libraries are full, librarians are working hard and people are finding what they need, interacting with others, enjoying themselves and gaining and imparting knowledge. Not a bad place to work I guess.

Be a Library Star

We love feCustomer15aturing our customers on the home page of our Library web site. We’ve got all sorts of library stars, kids and babies, history lovers, lycra clad 80s loving dancers, families, and an author – all enjoying the library in their own style.

Today we received a great email and photos from Atena and here’s a summary of her story about the importance of the library to her family:

Anahita was a colic baby who was calmed down by having many books around her. Her family used to put books in front of her, she’d lookat the page for around five minutes with lots of interest. Then she would start crying which meant “turn the page for me”. We’d turn the page and she was happy looking at the next page for another five minutes.

Customer16We read so many books to her. We don’t have  or watch a TV so books are the most important educational tools in our family.  In the first photo she is just two months old and in the second one around three years. She loves books and she never gets sick of them. In the other photo, Tara, my second daughter, is fascinated – making the jelly pond from the book which we borrowed.

Thanks Atena for sharing your wonderful story.

And remember people you too can submit your photo and join our little galaxy of library stars.