The theme for National Library Week in April was Create Your Own Story @ Your Library. This theme ties in with the children’s Summer Reading Program theme of One World, Many Stories. Alamance County Public Libraries has put together an innovative way for you to share your
stories with us. Beginning this past April, we began a collaborative project called “Leave Your Mark”. Each branch library has set of blank journals dedicated to a particular topic. Subjects include Family, Happiness, Alamance County, Food and many others. You are encouraged to check out a journal and “leave your mark”, sh
aring with us what that particular topic means to you. It may be writing a poem or a short story or even drawing a picture. It may be sharing a memory of your family or te
lling why someone in your family is important to you. It could be remembering going to the movies in downtown Burlington and taking a bread wrapper to get in, or that the Sears used to be where part of May Memorial Library is now. It may be passing along a favorite recipe and telling us why it’s your favorite. It’s
your chance to write, draw, glue and be creative in a library book. I had fun thinking about what makes me happy and putting that in the Happiness book. In the Family book I wrote about how proud I am of my family. The Food book is on my dining room table waiting for me to write a funny story about a hard-to-find ingredient in a recipe that has become a family favorite. It has been fun to look through the journals and see what other people have done to express themselves. I hope you will join in this community effort to “Leave Your Mark” in our libraries!
May 5, 2011