"You and your team of literary fans did it again--a wonderful week of library memories. Thank you."--Sue M.
(Suzanne replies:) Yes, indeed Sue, readers' library memories, from last week's celebration of National Library Week, were an inspiration to read. I received Lisa's story (below) this past Friday, and thought it would be the perfect grand finale--to thank librarians for making a difference in people's lives.
A Memorable Library Story...
When I was a kid, I was taught that the Holocaust never happened. When I was in college, I began (sort of accidentally) to do Holocaust research. Soon, I became absorbed with my research, and as this was in the pre-electronic age, I found myself at the library quite frequently.
I began with the Phoenix Public Library, and soon found that I needed research libraries, so I spent much time at the ASU library as well (I was not an ASU student--I am a proud NAU Lumberjack, so I trekked up and down the mountain many weekends). I spent hours at the library; while others I knew in college were at parties Friday nights, I was at the library. I also had to contact other libraries around the country for hard to find materials, and this is how I discovered that many libraries around the country work together in getting materials to patrons.
I will never forget the kindness every librarian showed me and the willingness they had to dig for articles, census numbers, translations of German writings, or any other number of requests my research required. It was a librarian who directed me to the Arizona Jewish Historical Center in downtown Phoenix, and it was that center who directed me to the Simon Wiesenthal Center who helped me better understand anti-Semitism. When I look back on this event, not only do I see it as a significant life changing event for me, but it was also the first time that adults treated me like an adult, and not a child.
I wish I had names of those librarians now so I could thank them, but they will always live in my heart as significant people who never made me feel small, but showed me great respect as I struggled in my search for truth. I don't know where I would be today were it not for those librarians, so today I sincerely thank them from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your daily column!"--Lisa B.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
P.S. Congratulations to Michelle W., Lexington County Public Library, the winner of Friday's librarian giveaway.
AUTHORBUZZ: Sandpiper Cove (Fiction) by Irene Hannon
Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has zero time for romance--but the handsome ex-con, Adam Stone, she enlists to help her with a wayward teen may convince her to make time for love.
Go to AUTHORBUZZ click on SANDPIPER COVE to read more and to email author Irene Hannon, you'll get a reply.