What about your library makes you most proud?
With a refreshed website, we are taking the opportunity to restart the discussion board for our member community. To kick things off, we invite you to reply to this thread by telling us a specific accomplishment by your library that you are most proud of, and how you've seen the results impact the community that the library serves. Thank you for sharing!
My library hosts the annual Global Reading Challenge for 4th and 5th graders in Seattle. I'm so proud of the impact the experience has on these kids. My son, now in 7th grade, still talks about how much he loved being involved and my daughter's schoolmates have advanced to the city final! Even the most reluctant of readers get involved and excited and I know it's because of the great work of the SPL staff and their enthusiasm and commitment.
Here's to growing life-long readers!
I am very proud of our central and neighborhood library buildings. They are safe, inviting, and comfortable places for people to gather, relax, and get the services or information they need. The central library has a "living room" on the main floor and I truly feel like it's the living room for our beautiful city!
As a new mom, I am most proud of the amazing early learning efforts going on in my library. As early as 12 weeks old, babies are invited to be a part of the library community and parents are supported and encouraged in providing the foundation of early literacy skills. Plus, it's a really nice (and free) way to meet other parents and learn new songs to sing to your little one.
I have been impressed by the pride many people in library land are showing for their libraries through WebJunction's March poll. We asked readers to imagine being a secret shopper at their library and to rate it on a checklist of qualities of customer fulfillment. For one thing, I think this is the highest response rate we've had on a monthly poll ---almost 200 replies. And the respondents are giving their libraries high marks, especially for having upbeat and friendly staff and for providing ready assisstance with technology help.
You can still take the poll: http://www.webjunction.org/interpersonal
I'll publish results in the April Crossroads.
I'm proud that my library invites so many different voices to be heard and that it starts so many important conversations.