The Neverending (Library) Story

Much like Michael Ende’s novel (and, to a certain extent, the movie it inspired), the Library’s story is never-ending. In fact, it’s re-written each day…it’s true! Every chat you have with a library worker, every time you skim a book’s jacket copy, every time you log in to a computer (ours or yours), and every time you join us for a special event, the library’s story gets richer, longer, and stronger. Even when you’re not physically here you’re adding chapters, by using our website or downloading our digital content. Even reading our blog makes you a recurring character in the powerful play of words, ideas, actions, and events that has made Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh a bestseller since 1895.

How’s that working out for you?

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Feel free to use this image in your blog posts if you’re participating in the “My Library Story” blog carnival!

We’ve been collecting stories from library users like you to learn what kind of impact Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has made in your lives (click here to read a representative sample), but we never get tired of hearing new ones. That’s why we’ve created the “My Library Story” blog carnival, which will run between Sunday, May 18th and Saturday May 31st. Here’s how it works!

  1. Write a blog post in which you tell us how Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has affected your life. Did we introduce you to the pleasures of a certain author or artist? Provide quiet space for you to think and dream? Whatever you can remember, whatever it is about the Library that has enriched your life, we want to hear all about it.
  2. Publish the post on your blog, with a link back to this post about the carnival, and invite your readers to share their stories, too.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your blog post, so that we can visit your blog and read your story.
  4. Bonus round: share your post on social media, and encourage your friends and followers to tell their Library stories.

That’s it! And just for playing along, you’re welcome to use the image posted above in your blog and social media postings:

We can’t wait to hear your library stories. If you have questions about the blog carnival, comment below, or e-mail us at eleventhstack at carnegielibrary dot org [humans only, please, no robots or spiders!]. Not currently living in Pittsburgh? No problem: expats, former residents, and anyone with a Pittsburgh connection is more than welcome to play along.

Please share this link with your friends and networks, and happy storytelling!

–Leigh Anne

the “also a client” librarian, who promises to share her own story, if you share yours.






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5 responses to “The Neverending (Library) Story

  1. Val Sanford

    Reblogged this on Sotto Voce.

  2. Pingback: Also A Client: My Library Story | Be Less Amazing

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