We’ve been in Brooklyn Park nineteen years and we’ve been coming to this library for fifteen. I started coming when I was a new mom. We came every week for story time. My barrier is my language and story time was my school for learning English. I didn’t go to college or earn a big degree, but I resourced my education, especially the language, from the library.
I was born in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. You know about the monarch butterfly sanctuary? I’m from close to there. We have libraries, but it’s different. It’s mostly for students. You have access to books, but you can’t take copies home. Whatever you want to research, you need to write it down. We don’t have videos, nothing like that. It’s only books and not that many.
The kids love Julie, the librarian here who teaches story time. She’s been a really good influence on them. She has a gift for making them engage. It’s been a big help for me because I don’t have to push them to read. They just read. I’m really grateful for the people who work in the library. They always make me feel welcome. I think we’re really, really lucky to have them.
My kids want to be volunteers here, too. The oldest one started last summer. He started with cleaning shelves. We love this place. We feel it’s a part of us.
Alicia at Hennepin County Library — Brooklyn Park.