What I love about libraries is that they constantly provide patrons with immediate access to information and keeps them connected with their community in the best kind of way.”

Shawn Chapiewski

Web Developer, LocalHop Software

National Library Lovers Month

February is home to National Library Lovers’ Month, a celebration dedicated to people who love organizations entirely devoted to reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying, and loving books. This month (and all other months of the year), we recognize the importance of libraries, and continue to work diligently to preserve the nation’s knowledge bases and the functions they serve.

While books and information are some of the first things that come to mind when thinking of libraries, they serve a variety of functions outside of just being a gatekeeper for knowledge. They are a place for communities to gather. They are a place of acceptance. They are a place of wonder. They are irreplaceable. 

Libraries provide so much more than a place for patrons and community-goers to enjoy great novels or to discover amazing adventures and untold history. They help students ace their research papers and provide a quiet space to study. But they do so much more: 

  • Libraries provide educational entertainment for preschoolers. They offer theater, activities, music, art, and friendship.
  • Assist students with academic papers and provide quiet spaces to study.
  • Many communities rely on their libraries for meeting space for public forums, socials, fundraisers, and classes.
  • They provide resources for researching family and community heritage.
  • Libraries lend other media like movies and music.
  • They offer digital resources for the entire community to use.
  • Libraries also provide rotating art displays to give local artists exposure to the community. Larger libraries provide preservation services, preserving some of the most treasured books, periodicals, and documents for future generations.

We Love Our Libraries

Our entire LocalHop team is not only dedicated to preserving libraries, but to keeping them relevant and accessible as technology and software develops. What initially began as a fun project to help people find events within their community, turned into a wonderful opportunity to grow the connectivity between libraries and their patrons.

We love the libraries we serve, and in honor of National Library Lovers Month, we have put together an exclusive Q & A series that gives you the inside scoop on our team, and how we really feel about libraries. This week’s library lover is LocalHop’s Web Developer, Shawn!

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LocalHop helps the library’s mission of keeping their community connected by broadcasting fun events for people to go to, as well as improving the process behind reserving rooms and events for their patrons. It’s really something special that I’m happy to be a part of.”

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Q & A With LocalHop's Web Developer, Shawn Chapiewski

Q: Did you have a go-to library when you were growing up, attending college, or a library that is established in your community that you have fond memories of?

A: Rochester Hills Public Library.

Q: What were your favorite aspects/favorite memories about that library?

A: I worked there and my favorite thing about Rochester’s Library was the people I was surrounded with. The workers and the patrons, I loved being able to help people and at the library I was able to do so.

Q: Who is your favorite author?

A: Veronica Roth.

Q: What is your favorite book series and why?

A: Divergent – I loved the movies so I decided to read the books as well!

Q: You’ve decided to spend some time reading and are currently browsing for a title that intrigues you. Do you pick up a hardcover, paperback, or, do you prefer to download your book selection on an e-reader or listen to an audiobook?

A: Hardcover!

Q: You’re in the library to study/hangout/complete some work. Do you hit the stacks, reserve a study room, find a comfy couch to lounge on, or hit the cafe to grab a drink and snack first?

A: Definitely grabbing a drink and snack first.

Q: What is the coolest library you’ve ever been to or heard of? Why?

A: Austin Public Library – The day I went it was unfortunately closed, but the building’s four story architecture was definitely one for the books!

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Do You Love Your Library? Schedule A Demo with LocalHop!

If you’re an avid library lover, librarian, or affiliated staff member, reach out to us and schedule a demo. We love the libraries we serve, and we would love to hear from you. Join the LocalHop family today!

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