Why do Kansas City kids love their library? For some, it’s the books, movies, and stories that inspire and excite. For others, it’s having a safe place to let their imaginations run wild.
One thing’s clear. Kids do use – and love – their local libraries.
A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 60 percent of Americans under 30 used a library in the past year for activities such as research (46%), borrowing books (38%), and reading newspapers and magazines (23%).
“The statistics are nice, but what really means something to us is the anecdotal evidence,” says Outreach Education Librarian Anna Francesca Garcia. “We wanted to collect as many stories as we could to get a sense of the impact the Library has on people.”
Over the past several weeks, our Youth Services librarians have been inviting Kansas City Public Schools students to write us telling why they love the Library. The best submissions are being honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Branch (4801 Main St). The winners will be awarded books as their prizes
"I love my library because it gives me a variety of books to choose from," offered one high school student with a fondness for spooky stories, "and I can always find a book that keeps me up for nights after I read the last page."
One perceptive student declared that "I love my library because the library helps my imagination run wild. Because of today's media you don't get to use your imagination often. That's why I love my library."
From the entries received it's apparent that the Kansas City Public Library serves many purposes for its young patrons. It's a place to meet and hang out with friends, and in addition to books the library offers internet access and movies and TV shows on DVD.
Of course there's the library staff: "I love my library because the librarian is sweet and she helps you with anything you need."
And for some youngsters the library is a refuge: "I love my library because I feel safe just being in that environment."
Join us in celebrating the winners this Thursday. And help us spread the Library love all year round!
-- Your Public Affairs Team