I practically grew up in the Visalia library. From an early age I rode my bike there and back, mywhite plastic flower basket on the front of my Schwinn bike with the turquoise banana seat packed with books. Mrs. Livingstone, the head librarian, always allowed me to check out more than the maximum amount you could take because she knew my parents and she knew how much I loved to read, as well as how fast I read. I needed a lot of books. Not all librarians were quite so accomodating so I learned to visit the check out desk when Mrs. Livingstone was present.
When my two older boys were small, we spent a lot of time in the beautiful Bellevue library as it has an incredible children’s section. I stopped checking out books personally as I become a purchase addict–had to own every book I read–but I never stopped loving libraries or librarians.
This year I was so fortunate to be invited to speak on a panel at the PLA Conference in Portland. My dream is to be invited someday to the ALA conference. Jane surrounded by thousands of librarians. Heaven.
You can only imagine my joy then when I discovered this news story tonight on King 5. Watch the video if you love librarians and Information Science, too. http://www.king5.com/video/featured-videos/Librarians-go-Gaga-at-UWs-iSchool–95142299.html