Why the Secret Life?

boy shhSo much of what happens in libraries is a secret.

Not on purpose, mind you. It just works out that way.

And this makes your librarian crazy.

I recently joined the California School Library Association (CSLA) and attended a training day. (It Was Amazing.)

The official theme was The Recipe for Student Success, but I saw another, unofficial theme.

“No one knows what we do.”

Libraries have changed so much in the past few years, they’re practically unrecognizable to the untrained eye. Yes, they have computers and the internet now, and that’s likely everything the average person can tell you.

But librarians know the real secret.

“We’re here to help.”

Librarians are passionate about sharing what the library has to offer, but they can’t help if people don’t know to ask.

If someone only sees their local library as a dusty repository for decades-old books, they will never directly benefit from it, will never value it, and will eventually vote it out of existence.

This blog aims to expose this spectacular secret island of helpfulness.

How you can help.

Do you think I should interview your local librarian? Awesome.

If you have a library secret to share, add it in the comments below. Maybe I’ll do a whole blog post about it.

Finally, stay tuned. (Subscribe button is in the right-hand column above.) Ask me questions. Share this blog with everyone you know.

Like Horton did for the Whos in Whoville, let’s help people hear the librarians when they shout, “We are here! We are here!” 

Why the Secret Life?

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