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Stories From Our Patrons
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STORIES FROM LIBRARY PATRONS
Beyond sharing the details of the actual projects and accomplishments of the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation, we want to share the stories of how the library has impacted its patrons. We want you to see the role the Thomas Memorial Library has played in the day-to-day life of citizens of Cape Elizabeth. We find these stories inspiring and make us extremely proud of the exceptional resource that the library continues to be.
OUR LIBRARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE
This column by Thomas Memorial Library Foundation shares true stories from library users on how our library is making a difference to them and to the community
When Melanie moved to town in 2013 with her young children Shane and Stephanie, connecting with Thomas Memorial Library was “priority number one”. She viewed the library as a way to be part of their new community and as a way to meet a commitment she made for her kids:
It’s been 14 months since I attempted to write a story about the Cape Elizabeth Library. So much has happened over the last year, more perhaps than any other comparable time period in my life. COVID certainly had a large impact, but world and national events also were responsible for a lot of the ensuing chaos.
Josh pulled up outside the library on his dirt bike. Pulling his backpack off his shoulder, I watched as he tugged an orange paper from his bag. “Wait a minute”, I yelled opening my car door.
I love Thomas Memorial Library as a casual reader and as a lifelong learner. You see, in 2016 I started a small business with no business experience or education. Thomas Memorial provided me with “How-To” and Patent books that helped guide me through the early stages of building my business.
Every day, and many times during the day, at public libraries all over the country, a librarian or a staff person helps an individual who wants something they cannot obtain on their own. My story is about one such staff person, and the dignity of one little old lady, who happens to be my Mom.