#16 – Weekend Plans

Two of my favourite Year 7s are so pure I want them to stay that way forever ❤ They were very excited to tell me about their plan for the weekend which is to go into town to visit the library and read some Harry Potter and look for more books! — “followed by McDonalds, obviously.”


Submitted by Emily, Secondary School Library


#11 – Printer

I’m currently studying my MA full time, but one of my standout moments in my school library graduate traineeship was helping out a trainee teacher. He had to give a presentation for his university course, and was struggling to get the PowerPoint handout to look right. I showed him how to change the settings to allow for more than one slide per page, and helped him print it (on a very temperamental printer!).

It seemed like such a small thing to me at the time, but he came and found me the next day to tell me how his presentation had gone, and to thank me for helping him out. It turned he’d been really worried about getting everything together in time, so he was grateful that I’d helped him sort it quickly. Whenever I bumped into him in the corridor after that, he’d always call me his lifesaver!

It was a great feeling, knowing that my small action had meant so much to him, and it made me realise how much good librarians could do, just by being there at the right time to help someone in need.

Submitted by Elle, London, School library

#10 – Generations of Readers

As a young child I had always loved books, and learnt to read early. I was always reading, the back of the cereal packet, the side of a bus, anything.

When I went to Secondary School I found my favourite place in the world – the school library. We had a brilliant librarian who introduced me to so many new authors as well as all the classics – I read every Dickens the school owned, plus lots of science fiction, action books and detective novels. I spent most of my morning and lunch breaks reading, and spending time with other keen readers.

Today I have two beautiful daughters (a fab husband too). We all read extensively, and have passed on the love of books and reading to our girls. We have a house full of books.

I want to just add here a heartfelt thank you to my school librarian, and say hi to my daughter who is doing an MA in Librarianship at Sheffield.

Submitted by Heather

#9 – Support Your Library

I am at a small, country library that was co-located with a small school.

The school closed earlier this year and the fate of the library is uncertain over the next few years. The community is rallying around using our services in an effort to stave off closure.

My favourite comment from a patron has been that he hopes to win the lottery, buy the building, and keep me on because his kids who used to be non-readers love to come to the library and love to read!

Best endorsement for the love of reading!

Submitted by Anonymous