Marylaine Block opens her current ExLibris article "Tell Me a Story" with
I'm not sure there's any impulse more basic in human nature than
storytelling. It's how we define who we are and make sense of the world
around us. Libraries have always been a repository of those stories.
Offering people a chance to tell their stories may be one of the most
significant gifts we can offer our community.
Then she points us to several libraries that have done just that. One of them is Vancouver Public Library's Beyond Words contest. VPL asked library users to tell how libraries had changed their lives.
Spend a little time today reading the stories that won the contest.