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Monday, February 16, 2009

The Art of Telling Compelling Stories

North Brunswick Public Library hosted my first workshop on, "The Art of Telling a Compelling Story". The workshop was fantastic. What a great crew - smart, imaginative and natural storytellers, they tweaked a few anecdotes and came up with some very powerful stories for their libraries.

Our libraries are doing so much to help the people in our communities in these tough economic times. One story that struck me at this workshop was about a woman who no only lost her job but had absolutely no computer skills. She started with a one-on-one session with her librarian to learn how to email and continued with workshops for Word and resume writing and even learned how to upload her resume online. BTW, she did land a job. The librarian who shared this story said that he is seeing more and more people needing to learn those skills. As he was speaking, he paused for a moment and the overwhelming weight of realty just hit me all of a sudden and I felt this huge sense of pride to know that I am part of an organization that can actually help people when they need it so much.

Thank goodness for libraries.

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