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THIS is How You Celebrate a Library Birthday

Youth librarian Lucas Maxwell at the Tantallon Public Library in Nova Scotia, Canada came up with a good idea to celebrate the 10th birthday of his branch. I’ll let him tell it:

To celebrate our 10th birthday this month I wrote to a bunch of
authors, asking them to write a letter back, addressed to the youth of
this area outlining the benefits of reading and libraries in general.

How was the response? Outstanding. Take a look for yourself (Click the image below to view them all).

*Side Note* The excellent work of Lucas Maxwell reminded me of a project by Marguerite Hart, the first children’s librarian at the Troy Library in Michigan. Click here to read more about the Letters to the Children of Troy she collected in 1971.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Those are awesome. I’ve only gotten through a few, but my favorite quote so far:
    Meg Cabot: Blubber taught me the important lesson that while you can’t always stop a bully, you CAN control your own actions, which means never accepting a bully as a friend on Facebook, even years later when you’re an author and your bully has forgotten she used to bully you.

  2. What a great idea and a fantastic response. I love the comic from Tao Nyeu!

    • I agree – the Nyeu comic is awesome. I first thought it was premade (which is understandable), but upon closer inspection, it looks like an original. Very cool.

  3. Amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!