A Bright Spot for Learning

Events at Champaign Public Library

Items Borrowed: 2,492,033
Patron Visits: 819,229
Program Attendance: 61,955

Can there be too many toddlers in the library? No — but there were too many in our popular storytime programs. So we added new storytime sessions to our busy schedule of free events designed to stimulate the imagination. We built up our collections of books to support schoolwork and satisfy curiosity, and we promoted digital downloads, available 24/7 through our website. Librarians spent more than 100 hours in classrooms, and school assemblies by popular authors Jennifer Holm and Rick Riordan extended their impact beyond the library. Classes for adults ranged from computer basics to Tech Talks about new gadgets, while Parkland College instructors shared their expertise through the Lifelong Learners @ the Library series.

“Last week, a first grader — who appeared to be approaching our desk by herself for the first time — told me that someone from the library had visited her classroom, and she wanted one of the books the librarian had told her about. We figured out the book title and identified the librarian, who then came out to present the girl with the book she‘d chosen. Our book talks in the schools encourage children to think carefully and decide for themselves what they want to know about. These children see that the library and the community consider their search for knowledge important. This is how lifelong learners are born.”

Mike Rogalla,
Children‘s Services

Mike Rogalla