National Library Week Interviews

Uploaded by heightslibrary on 16.05.2012

(Harriet Tishkoff) I like to read. [Laughs]
(Harriet Tishkoff) It's raining, it's cold, I'm tired of television. All of those.
(Jim Satola) I was actually stopping in to see if there was a movie on DVD.
(Jim Satola) I just came back from a lunch in Akron and I figured I'd just stop by.
(Beth Williams) Why did we come? We came to get some... we came to bring some of our library books back.
(Beth Williams) Why did we come? We came to get some... we came to bring some of our library books back. (Young boy) Yeah.
(Beth Williams) And to get some more library books. (Young boy) Yeah.
(Beth Williams) And play in the kids area a little bit.
(Beth Williams) And play in the kids area a little bit. (Young boy) Yeah.
(Beth Williams) We can play with some of the toys over there? (Young boy) Yeah.
(Judy Johnston) I'm here because I'm doing a little research for a project I'm doing at school.
(Judy Johnston) I'm learning about the Harlem Renaissance and I'm here to pick up some books on Jacob Lawrence, the artist.
(Helen Anderson) I live 2 blocks away and I get every service I need.
(Sandra Lieber) Just to check out what's new in the fiction/mystery section.
(Shermelle Schaffer) I bring clients to the library once a week to use the computers and books so they can
(Shermelle Schaffer) get better acquainted with the resources here at the library.
(Kenneth Cooley) My earliest memory of a library is my mother taking
(Kenneth Cooley) us 3 kids to the library during the Depression.
(Kenneth Cooley) We were readers, and I can remember winning that
(Kenneth Cooley) reading prize in the summer at the library when I was a kid.
(Interviewer) What were some of your favorite as a kid, do you remember?
(Kenneth Cooley) I read all the Fenimore Cooper books.
(Kenneth Cooley) And I can remember when I got big enough, this way,
(Kenneth Cooley) when I could go into the adult section and get the books as a kid.
(Harriet Tishkoff) ...Way back, small town, we had almost as many books at home as there were at the library.
(Harriet Tishkoff) There were wonderful stories of dogs and cats and horses that I didn't have at home.
(Harriet Tishkoff) And Eskimos, I loved the North.
(Judy Johnston) My earliest memory of a library was Pre-K,
(Judy Johnston) and the daycare center walking to the library on 140th and Kinsman.
(Judy Johnston) The building is still there, still an active building and it's coming along
(Judy Johnston) as far as with technology.
(Judy Johnston) What about you?
(Judy Johnston) What about you? (Interviewer) How about you Destiny? What's your earliest memory?
(Destiny) My earliest memory was probably second grade
(Destiny) when I started reading Judy Blume books and Junie B. Jones books.
(Helen Anderson) I grew up in North Carolina and
(Helen Anderson) part of school was going, but my parents took me to the library, so
(Helen Anderson) I would guess checking out books at the library.
(Helen Anderson) We didn't have any money and our house burned down, so
(Helen Anderson) our source of anything was what was available and the library was free.
(Martha McGraw) The earliest memory I have is back in Toledo, Ohio, where I grew up.
(Martha McGraw) I was in preschool, 3 or 4 years old,
(Martha McGraw) and I remember a very old library that's probably not there anymore,
(Martha McGraw) and the strange thing I remember is that some of the children's books
(Martha McGraw) were in a glass-fronted case that the librarian had to open with a key. [Laughs]
(Martha McGraw) When I think of that now I'm just appalled, but that's a very distinct memory I have.
(Martha McGraw) But I loved the library all through childhood all through my life.
(Martha McGraw) My other memory is that I always loved biography
(Martha McGraw) and I can remember as, maybe, a first grader being very proud that I could read
(Martha McGraw) what, somehow, I got the idea were called "fourth grade biographies."
(Martha McGraw) They all came with little orange covers and I went through every one that my branch library had,
(Martha McGraw) and I remember distinctly that I knew I was getting down to the end
(Martha McGraw) when the only thing left to read was a biography of Knute Rockne.
(Shermelle Schaffer) My parents took me and that fostered in me following that same behavior with my daughter.
(Shermelle Schaffer) And then, now with my clients I just think everyone should have that experience,
(Shermelle Schaffer) so anyone who comes into contact with me knows if we're going to go with Shermelle,
(Shermelle Schaffer) we're going to go to the library in some capacity.
(Willie Young) I would say that I was 7 when my mom took me to my first one and honestly, I thought,
(Willie Young) why would I do anything like that?
(Willie Young) And I ended up having, like, the best time of my life.
(Willie Young) She read to me and I met some people, I met some friends, actually, there at the same time, that I have now to this day.
(Willie Young) That's a plus.
(Martha McGraw) I just love the whole building [Coventry branch]. It's my idea of the old-fashioned neighborhood library.
(Young boy) Hmmm. Um. I like that's there's Star Wars books here.
(Beth Williams) Star Wars books, we do like Star Wars books a lot.
(Young boy) Because that's mostly the most favorite thing I like better than anything in the whole world.
(Beth Williams) Yes, we're big Star Wars fans.
(Interviewer) Now, how about you?
(Beth Williams) What's my favorite thing about the library?
(Beth Williams) Coming and playing with him. And just the variety, obviously, of books
(Beth Williams) and seeing how excited he gets about finding new books to read.
(Jim Satola) I would say a comfortable place to sit down and just read.
(Jim Satola) I often come here actually, even bring my own books,
(Jim Satola) and just go upstairs and sit down in one of the chairs
(Jim Satola) because sometimes it's kind of nice to have people walking around, or, you know,
(Jim Satola) to be in a place that's more than just sitting around in my living room.
(Destiny) My favorite thing is the events you have here.
(Destiny) I love the summer reading program.
(Judy Johnston) And I like the skyway.
(Judy Johnston) That's like a place where I can absorb our community and absorb my reading materials.
(Shermelle Schaffer) Actually, the teen room because that's where a lot of my clients are able to get on the computers and
(Shermelle Schaffer) utilize a lot of the programs you guys have. It's kind of like our little niche area.
(Beth Williams) Why do you think libraries are important?
(Young boy) Because if you don't have books, then you can't learn stuff.
(Jim Satola) I'm obviously a big fan of libraries, I read almost back to back [books] continuously and have for years.
(Jim Satola) I think not only is it a good place to meet people,
(Jim Satola) I'll be honest, one of the reasons I came here alot last summer was living in a non-air conditioned house, there were times where it was
(Jim Satola) You know, there's air conditioning there. [Laughs]
(Jim Satola) I'm going to go over there and check it out.
(Jim Satola) But, no, it's a good place to be able to be a community center for programs that are there.
(Jim Satola) I think, as I see a child over there, it's a place for kids to kind of meet each other and play
(Jim Satola) but also learn the value of libraries and reading
(Jim Satola) and, frankly, just see adults engaging in that kind of behavior too.
(Jim Satola) It's a good way, if you have DVDs or movies, and you want to check them out without buying one, you can do that.
(Jim Satola) If you have a particular research interest you can just go here and find something on it.
(Helen Anderson) The economics of the time.
(Helen Anderson) I come in to this library a lot, 4 or 5 times a week.
(Helen Anderson) The computers are always full. The checkouts, they're always full.
(Destiny) I think that our community needs libraries because
(Destiny) without libraries we wouldn't be able to read and higher our education levels.
(Willie Young) I think it's essential because it's the place where you can get all the information that you need,
(Willie Young) whether it's on a computer, whether it's books, so we need this.
(Martha McGraw) Why do we need to breathe? Why do we need libraries? I just think libraries are essential.
(Martha McGraw) For me, it's access to books to browse, always finding something new,
(Martha McGraw) and I think it's great that we're now able to order books from all over and get whatever we're looking for,
(Martha McGraw) but I really still think it's the idea of being able to browse shelves of books and find things you weren't expecting.
(Martha McGraw) But I also think for the community it's great to have a place where people who wouldn't otherwise have computer access have that,
(Martha McGraw) and where community groups can get together.
(Shermelle Schaffer) A number of reasons. Just one, the resources and the support, you name it.
(Shermelle Schaffer) I just can't imagine a community not having a library.
(Harriet Tishkoff) I don't know how you'd live without them so I can't tell you. [Laughs]
(Harriet Tishkoff) We need a library so that the young people have a place, maybe, to use a computer they don't have,
(Harriet Tishkoff) a place to meet and talk with friends.
(Harriet Tishkoff) They have programs at the library, sometimes good for young folks as well others, old like my age.
(Harriet Tishkoff) It's a very healthy place to be.