Share your Library Story!

How has your library affected your life? Does Toddler Yoga make your baby giggle? Are you job hunting, and the resume review is helping you perfect your applications? Do you just like to hang out and talk about books after a long day of isolation?

We’d love you to take action and share your story with us. Leave a note on the Invest in Libraries website, and help us communicate what libraries mean to our city.

Sign a letter to tell your council member how much you love and support your library!

NYC Budget

The budget situation in NYC (and really everywhere) is fluid. While the release of the FY21 Executive Budget left libraries largely whole, our economic situation is unstable, and we all need to be ready to speak up.

Right now, the best way to speak up is by sharing your story as a patron, or by sending us a photo of how you as library staff are supporting the community!

NYC Librarians At Work

Library staff in NYC are working to continue connecting our communities to the literature and info they need, and to each other.

As soon as the city’s libraries closed, staff across all 5 boroughs got to (isolated) work. Library staff immediately shifted from figuring out how to be open during a pandemic, to creating a virtual library service to ensure that as many neighbors as possible could still access library services including storytime, book clubs, job search help and yep, ebooks. 

Here are some of them and their stories.

Mary Lynn

I am a Children’s Librarian at the Queens Public’ Lubrary. I’ve done professional development, staff support and a bit of outreach. The most enjoyable moments of working from home have been watching librarians in NYC and across the country conduct storytimes all over the internet. They’ve taught me a lot, and I’ve even been lucky …

Sarah

I go by Miss Sarah, children’s librarian at the Peninsula Community Branch of Queens Public Library. Back in March I made sure to stay connected with my library families and support my library system through this time. I’ve been doing a Virtual Children’s Meet and Chat once a week with my library kiddos. Recently we …

librarian in front of laptop and mounted iPad. iPad shows Bklyn Public Library app and laptop screen is open to Urban Librarians Unite website.

Brynna

As a non-librarian who works for a Library – I have done most of my work from home in the past couple of months. I’ve spent lots of time thinking about the best way to support the staff at Brooklyn Public Library as they continue or return to work. I’ve taught myself enough about Zoom …

Lori

Adult Learning Center Manager- Rochdale Village; We offer virtual classes for English Language Learners and High School Equivalency Preparation. Do you have a library story? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Juana

I am children’s librarian providing youth services to the community. Do you have a library story? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Nina

The Parkchester branch of the New York Public Library is offering a weekly online poetry discussion group. For June, we will be reading poetry books about immigration in celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month. Do you have a library story? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Hip Hop’s Ralph McDaniels

You can join Ralph McDaniels for Live Talk from Queens every week! Do you have a library story? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Librarian sitting with stuffed toy, performing storytime using a coffee cup as "tripod" for their iPhone. Edited text on photo reads: "Storytime corner, oh my! Checklist: Books, Running order/song list, friendly plushies, trusty coffee cup "tripod".

Rachel

Children’s librarian at Inwood branch of NYPL. Supporting teachers and community literacy partners with information re: library and local (NYC) based resources, assistance with library card record retrieval, workarounds to access databases, virtual storytimes and class visits. Social media engagement via branch Instagram. Do you have a story about your library? Share a post it …

librarian in red dress with long hair performing a downward dog on a yoga mat, in front of their laptop

Lauren

Technical Services/Reference Librarian at a private college. We already provide a lot of library services to our online degree students, so most of my time has been spent scaling up those services to serve 100% of campus. WFH has not been great on my back and neck so I try to change my position a …

Margo

The attached picture is me preparing to do a storytime from home. In addition to these, I work with the community’s institutions; schools and day cares, to provide early lit support to educators and parents. Do you have a library story? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Nayelli

I present Adult Services and Cultural programs online to our communities in Queens and beyond! Do you have a library story? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Desk with a phone, papers, and laptop on it, with a minimized webinar and calendar on the laptop screen.

T. Evans

Currently I am conducting outreach to Elected Officials, Community Boards, and Friends Group. I am also gathering COVID-19 stories for the Our Streets Our Stories Oral History Project. I am also managing ten locations remotely, including postal services, and overseeing buildings maintenance. Do you have a story about your library? Share a post it note …

photo of a smiling librarian holding a rock with a smiley face drawn on

Alessandra

I’m a Children’s Librarian in NYC and I’m really enjoying hosting Virtual Storytimes from my big green story chair, with plenty of uke songs and silly activities! This is from one of my first sessions, where we read Petra by Marianna Coppo and painted rocks together. Do you have a story about your library? Share …

Marissa

I’m preparing for an LGBTQ Book Talk and piling up the books I need to promote ebook platforms. Books for the book talk are on the right, personal reading is on the left. See? Organized chaos. I’ve also been regularly meeting with staff and completing professional development courses to fine-tune my skills for virtual programming. …

Addie

I’m a YA librarian at BPL. I do a weekly writing program on the flagship Instagram account on Wednesdays. The photo shows how I record the videos. I also help run the teen Instagram account and post to the branch Facebook page. (Is that a banjo in the background? Heck yeah!) Do you have a …

Sarah

I am the Assistant Manager of Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center – part of Queens Public Library. While working from my kitchen table during COVID, I am acting as support for my staff and mainly am assisting to manage our virtual programs and professional development. This involves contacting presenters, managing programming schedules and …

Children's librarian working on laptop with notes and a picture book titled "How a Home is Built."

Katelynne

I am a children’s librarian with the New York Public Library. I have been recording short story and rhyme times, and conducting virtual class visits with a local elementary school, including multiple read-alouds and a student-led book club that I facilitate. Do you have a story about your library? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Annalisa

I’m a senior children’s librarian at the New York Public Library, serving children aged 0 to 13 years, although I do also work with teens. Some of the services I’ve provided during this time include: conducting themed online story times, creating and adapting at-home story time and activity guides for parents and caregivers, and communicating …

Laptop with powerpoint and tablet with notes on a desk.

Elizabeth

I am a Young Adult Librarian for the New York Public Library at the Van Cortlandt Branch in the Bronx. I am currently providing teachers with information to help their students with online learning. I am also creating webinars for our College & Career Pathways program which helps provide resources and programming for teens prepare …

Jeanne

I’m Youth Services Manager at Queens Library-Flushing. Queens Public Library is providing virtual services and programs for customers of all ages and interests. In this photo, I’m getting ready to do a program on Queens Public Library FaceBook Live! Do you have a library story? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Children's librarian "selfie" working from home. Toys in background.

Daniella

I’m a Children’s Librarian Trainee in the Bronx. I feel like my job is on overdrive right now. I am trying to reach out to community members in any way possible to provide needed information on community resources and digital services. It’s hard not being able to connect with patrons in person to know if …

Nedelka

I am the Coordinator of Culture Pass Programs helping bring free high quality programs and online events from local museums to your screen at home! Do you have a story about your library? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Ashley

While I’m usually an assistant manager my background is in children’s services, so while working from home I joined the children’s online programming committee to organize virtual children’s programming and was the point person for the Queens Pet Library where librarians go live with their pets on the QPL Facebook page! I’ve also done a …

Devayani

I provide a listening ear by keeping in contact with regular customers at the North Hills library. We are all feeling the effects of isolation, and needing to connect to someone, so I reach out to familiar faces I see around the my neighborhood to chat from a distance and suggest they use our virtual …

smiling librarian in front of a shelf of books

Alexandra

I have led two book clubs in April and May as part of the NYPL and WNYC partnership. In June I will do that again and also Start a classics book club. We will also start a book discussion group to talk about books Members are reading and recommendations twice a month. Do you have …

Kat

I’ve been conducting regular Facebook Live storytimes, along with school-age programs, class visits, chat reference, and professional development. I’m hoping to come back equipped to be a better manager and children’s specialist, and I can’t wait to see patrons again. Do you have a library story? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

Lauren

My set up isn’t as fun as the children’s librarians have but since the week we closed I’ve been; hosting 2 – 3 virtual programs a week, meeting with branch staff to keep us all connected, talking to community members to see how we can stay connected and providing services, making masks to share with …

Kamaria

I am currently on several committees and working from home I am building a website to help teens navigate their way to college from the 9th grade to the 12th grade. Do you have a library story? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

image of a librarian making a sandwich with the work bread superimposed

Andrea

Storytime videos from home (set up pictured with books as the greatest “tripod”), creating content for our library YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter (I’ve curiously become a social media coordinator!) and virtual class visits and reference. The plant in the photos is one of three I have taken home from the library. The little …

smiling librairian holding up a book and a paper animal

Yesha

Librarian in Brooklyn I’ve been working on the following from home:~storytimes for ages 1 to 6~Story and craft program for ages 3 to 12~Working on the SimplyE booklists for the public to browse and discover books they’d enjoy reading~Working with my supervisor to moderate weekly program over Slack for teen interns in the BookMatch Teen …

a young child leaning over the back of a couch as his mother records a live storytime

Rosemary

I’m a children’s librarian at Queens Library. Right now, I’m creating screencasts of how to access and navigate our library databases, and working on virtual storytimes. I’m also going to be performing virtual reference. Do you have a story about your library? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

screenshot of a facebook live storytime about sea turtles

Iman

Children’s Librarian in Brooklyn doing virtual storytime. Sea turtles forever! Do you have a story about your library? Share a post it note at http://notes.investinlibraries.org/.

SK

I am Business analyst in Central QPL, working for Kronos project. Outside of my library workI was greatly involved in machine stitching scrub caps and masks for essential workers and also helped in supplying home made food on weekly basis to the front liners. Do you have a library story? Share a post it note …

Why Libraries?

Libraries are the duct tape that holds our neighborhoods together. In good times, libraries provide a space for gathering and building our knowledge and relationships. When things are stressful libraries leverage their relationships to become a lifeline for their neighbors, helping with access to the information that they need to make their lives better. 

Funding Libraries = Funding our Communities

What Libraries Do

Libraries and Library staff connect our communities to information and society. Library staff connect our neighbors both in and out of our buildings. In uncertain times we provide a social linking place in our communities. We work to fuel the soul of NYC, and will continue to do so. Our buildings may be closed, but the library is always open.

What Libraries Are

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