Spread the (LIBRARY) love on February 14th

Betcha didn’t know that February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day, it’s also Library Lover’s Day - a very special day to honor the libraries, librarians, bookworms and library lovers in your life! Here are some ways to get out and spread the love:

  1. Show your appreciation by volunteering your time or purchasing tickets to the 10th annual Loud at the Library fundraiser.

  2. Visit the library! Take your family, take your friends, take your colleagues. Encourage them to love it as much as you do!

  3. Thank your local library staff at ImagineIF. They are talented, inspired, and passionate, and we are so lucky to have them!

    -Board Treasurer, MB

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A Compelling Case That Libraries are One of Our Most Crucial Social Institutions

In this NY Times Opinion piece the author, Eric Klinenberg, advocates what we already know to be true: libraries are a necessary social institution. For almost two centuries, public libraries have offered a unique haven that nary another brick and mortar structure has been able to provide. In addition to access to free information for all, libraries continue to be one-stop-shops that offer those critical intangible currencies -knowledge, camaraderie, interaction -all in a welcoming space that you just can’t seem to find anywhere else.

-Executive Admin, Vanessa

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This American Life's "Room of Requirement" Will Have You In Tears

Last week’s This American Life, “The Room of Requirement”, chronicled three stories of libraries, and more importantly, librarians, filling unexpected but critical roles in the lives of patrons. All three stories are wonderful, but the third act is a real doozy.

As a child Lydia Sigwarth was insulated from the trauma of homelessness by the boundless welcome of the place where her family took refuge- the Dubuque Public Library in Iowa. She was insulated so well, in fact, that she didn’t realize her family had been homeless until adulthood. She revisits her childhood library and reconnects with the librarian who made her feel so cared for during what could have been the worst periods of her life, but wasn’t.

I’ve seen this same scenario playing out at ImagineIF weekly, and it struck a resounding chord to hear an adult reminiscence about the graciousness of a librarian to a disenfranchised child.

Grab a tissue and have a listen.

-Executive Director, Charlotte

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"The Library Book" by Susan Orlean Illuminates the Library’s Role in Human History

It seems like everyone on the ImagineIF Board and the Friends of the Library is talking about “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean, a sweeping book that’s part memoir and part historical investigation. Centered around the Los Angeles Central Library fire of 1986, Orlean examines the age old tug-of-war between the human desire to preserve knowledge and art and the equally human inclination to obliterate it. Everyone who’s read it calls it a page-turner. I’m adding it to my reading list.

-Executive Director, Charlotte

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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddel Make a Powerful Case For Reading for Pleasure

At ImagineIF, we love books with pictures in them, and not only for kids. Why not allow art to reinforce and expand on the complex ideas and emotions presented textually. In this visual essay Gaiman and Riddel do just that to help explain why libraries and literacy are inexorably tied to the cause of freedom.

ImagineIF has an enticing graphic books collection. If you’ve never read one, you’ll be astonished at how sophisticated and moving the genre can be. Check one out!

-Executive Director, Charlotte

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