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#LibraryMoments

What does the Library mean to you? Share your #LibraryMoments as part of a Canada-wide celebration of Library Month!  Throughout October, library systems across the country are sparking a cross-Canada conversation about what the Library means to each of us.  We'll share stories from our communities that reflect the many ways that libraries impact people's lives.

We invite you to share your own #LibraryMoments with us.  These moments can be about any kind of library in any part of the world. Share your #LibraryMoments here ss a comment or share on social media, using the hashtag #LibraryMoments to see your story become part of a national celebration.  Words, photos and videos all welcome. 

You'll find #LibraryMoments on London Public Library's social media channels, where you can comment and share, too. Let's celebrate Library Month together.  We really want to hear from you!  Remember to use the #LibraryMoments hashtag with your story.

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Thank you to our colleagues at Ottawa Public Library for initiating this campaign.

Comments

Library means to me is much more than reading...

I come to this Library weekly 2 or 3 times.  The best enviroment for getting

knowledge on computer, print and other activities on daily basis here.

I enjoy each day new learning, and socialising my experience with many others like me.

The most friendly staff i ever met in any public office, other than Ontario Libraries .

Asrar

 

Travelling through time and space

LIke the others, I've been a regular library visitor from a very young age. In the 1990s, I could not have planned my journey through Europe without access to train timetables, Europe through the Back Door, Let's Go Europe and so many other books. The internet was not an option.

Today, I need the library so I don't clutter my home with the 70+ books I read in an average year. I have also found a librarian who shares many of the same interests as me, so I always know when the next book by certain authors has become available.

I took my first-born to his first Books for Babies when he was just two weeks old. Saturday just isn't Saturday without a trip to our local branch. My children and I read together so we can travel to places they have yet to see and learn about historical events and people that have had an impact on the world we live in now.

On top of all that, the library is just so convenient. We can walk there in a few minutes. I love the online Interlibrary loan request system. I feel like I'm now a member of all libraries in Ontario.

Thank you, fellow traveller

It is wonderful to hear how you've made the library such an integral part of your life.  Thanks for taking this journey with us! 

#LibraryMoments

As soon as I could read, 5 or 6 yr. old, I would take my younger sister and walk several blocks to the Sarnia Public Library every Saturday morning. The Librarian, Miss Knowles, had “Story Hour”. All the children gathered in a circle and sat on the floor while she read to us. Then we were allowed to search the racks choosing the books we were allowed to take home. We took as many as we could carry and bring them back the following week. I loved the biographies of famous people like Madame Curie, George Washington which later grew into a love of historical fiction and mysteries. Today, at 81 years old, I do the same thing. It is a wonderful way for me to spend my time. I have always been so grateful to her for fostering my love of reading.

As many books as you could carry!

Thank you so much for sharing your love of libraries with us.  We love hearing about library staff like Miss Knowles who fostered your early love of reading and learning. 

A world of inspiration and wisdom

We immigrated to this counrty with just 300 dollars and 3 kids, how could I fire up my children's imagination?  How could I make them travel the world from our living room.  How could I keep them entertained without getting boared.  Each week, I would register the kids for various programs in the library, each week each kid was allowed to borrow as many books as they could carry and we would come home and read, and read and act and play.  Today they are all grown up and and two of them have finished university.  One is in 4th year.  Today, the library is helping me find myself and live out my own dreams.  Thank you for all you do!  thank you for being so ready to help.  Thank you for this wonderful service.  God Bless.

 

 

What a beautiful tribute to libraries

Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us your family's impactful library memories. We love to know that libraries make a difference in the lives of our community.  We can't wait to hear where your library adventures take you next.  Wishing you well on your new adventure.

Library Memories

As children my brother and I were downtown every Saturday morning. We would be dropped off on Queen's Ave to pick our weekly reads. My parents would head to the market, Tiffin's produce ( for eggs & chicken) & the butcher shop on Dundas St. If the season was changing, a stop at Siegel's for shoes or boots. And a browse through Cowan's Hardware and of course Simpson's. When my brother got a bit older, he wanted to go upstairs at the library for more challenging books, but he was too young to go alone. His solution was to volunteer to restock the shelves. This gave him the access he wanted. I continued to read my way through the children's library at the back of the building( and in the basement)!  Today, both of us are avid readers, and surprisingly many of the same genre. My youngest son is a librarian. He met his girl at Western in the MLS program. Her engagement ring was hidden in the drawer of an old card catalogue he had refinished into a table for their hall.  Public libraries are absolutely vital to our communities. But of course, anyone with a card knows this. 

 

 

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

What a vivid picture you've painted of your library, and downtown London memories.  Thanks for sharing and for raising a librarian!

Library Membership

I've proudly been a long time member of the Byron Public Library Branch in London ---approx. 20 years. I've loved having access to a branch snugged into my very own neighbourhood. I get out at least 4 to 7 books , several magazines , and a few DVD's , every trip I make. I've partaken in historical seminars provided by local experts and University staff and attended many of the annual art shows and musical events. I've often used the computer access when my own was on the fritz and the copy machines as well.  I have long known that Libraries are a crucial, irreplacible asset and viable community hub. I have advocated such more formerly at times  as a previous  Co-chair of the  Age Friendly London Communications Work Group and personally sport Library stickers and buttons,  vocalizing my support now whenever, wherever appropriate .

When Toronto 's Library system was coming under attack under the Ford Administration a few years ago,  as an ex-Toronto-ite , I joined their save- the -library campaign from afar , adding my name to their petitions etc. as I knew if Libraries were allowed to suffer in the biggest population centre of Canada , it would set a precedent , and before long smaller municipal governments would feel they too could follow suit, cutting budgets, closing branches etc.  Thankfully, the people of Toronto stood up for their libraries at that time,  and although all libraries have issues, that initiative  was a great example to others to defend their libraries to the hilt--- their right to information, meeting places , and community service. 

My hat is always off to all the London Library branches and employees who routinely and unfailing provide top notch service in a friendly , compassionate and effiecient way!!!

Thanks for your encouraging words!

It is wonderful to hear about your library experiences and fantastic to have you as such an enthusiastic and confident support of library services in the community.  We couldn't do what we do without the support of our community.  Thank you so much.

❤

One of the best parts about working in a library is getting to welcome people into the community.  Thank you for sharing your #LibraryMoments with us.  And we agree:  it IS more important to have a library card than to have a credit card!

Life and love

My parents are both librarians; the first place we'd go to in any city we visited was the public library. I still do this. When we came to Canada in 1987, the library was where my parents learned English, where we could sit for hours and browse books, play with toys, learn to read, do crafts. My mom always said that it's more important to have a library card than to have a credit card. 

Today the library for me is a caring, non-judegmental place for the people in our community who often have very few other places to go. It is a place to learn, and a place to play. It's a place with incredible programming, both online and in-person. When I was a first-time mom, I would come to the library for books for babies and for Storytime, then I would sit and read and nurse my infant. I love Book Club in a bag and the Grab-and-Go bags for kids. My kids both have library cards, and they love giving them to the librarian in exchange for a train for the train table. I can't wait for them to grow into the breadth of programming the library has to offer. 

Yay library!

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