Learn More: About the Project

Many people in our communities have remarkable stories about how their public library has made a significant impact on their lives. These inspirational stories deserve to be told, and a new project is underway to give them voice.

Libraries in the South Central Library System (SCLS) are collecting and sharing these stories in a new cooperative project entitled Libraries For Real Life. The project includes public libraries in the seven counties served by SCLS (Adams, Columbus, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk & Wood). Libraries For Real Life reinforces the reality that today’s public libraries are vibrant, dynamic community resources that meet the information, education, and recreational needs of residents of all ages.

The library experience is as unique as the individuals who use our resources. In some cases, lives are changed because of the library and we’d like to collect those stories to help our member libraries demonstrate the value of a public library in their community.

Library use has increased dramatically, and we’re excited about this project as an opportunity for everyday people -- our friends and neighbors -- to share the ways that public libraries have positively impacted their lives. Public libraries are unique among taxpayer-supported institutions, and this project will let us celebrate all that we have become.

Libraries for Real Life – What’s Your Story?