Everyone loves a good story.
Sometimes, we don’t realize that the entertainment or education we receive is actually delivered via a story.
Ancient storytelling around a fire was used as a teaching tool. Wisdom that was shared taught about good and evil, life and bravery. Fairy tales actually are lessons hidden in stories and rhymes that teach cadence and language.
We share our history through stories. When my children ask, “Tell me a little girl story,” it is a way for them to find out more about my family life and experiences without it feeling like a lecture. Oral storytelling transitioned into written stories as a way to share knowledge and information, and capture the human experience beyond the campfires.
The library is full of stories, all born from the imagination and knowledge of authors that dare to put words on paper. One of the most important aspects of a librarian’s job is to connect readers to stories, and to promote the variety of stories in the library to readers.
I love saying to a librarian that “I lo-o-o-ved a book, can you find me more like it?”
Librarians perform this service – reader’s advisory – as a key component of their jobs. They constantly read materials and reviews, are up-to-date on the latest database tools to connect books to readers, and usually have an amazingly prolific catalog of books and authors in their heads so they may respond quickly to readers’ requests.
Reader’s advisory librarians also create book lists that explore titles on similar topics or with common themes. We connect Lisle residents with authors and book groups, inform everyone about books through displays, and create unique programs that focus on genre tastes.
Step into the Lisle Library District with a few of your favorite books on the tip of your tongue, and see where our librarians may take you.
You might discover a fantastic story that moves you, entertains you, or enriches your own life experience. Or you might just be inspired to tell stories of your own.
Shannon Halikias is the director of the Lisle Library District