I’m a fan of boiling everything down to its basic element, and today I’ve got this idea in my head that what libraries are all about is people.
Two things brought on this idea:
- The local high school had a half day today. What did a group of around 15 students chose to do? They came to the library, used the computers, and hung out for over an hour.
- A teen that I met at a program 1 year ago finally made it into my library today. When she recognized me, she shouted “HEY, I REMEMBER YOU!” and she came over to talk to me. There was a smile on her face the whole time.
Do I know if this is the correct answer? I’m honestly not sure that there is even an answer. But I know that without people we’ve got nothing.
What I think I’m getting to saying is: be nice to the people that use your library. They’ll keep coming back. They’ll learn to trust you. They’ll have some faith in you. With that, you have everything.