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We learn from what we love.

Those things that we love, hold dear or find fascinating enough to say they have meaning to us are very often a source of learning and growth.

How do we tap into what our community loves? Do we ask them? Are they telling us by the patterns they create in usage and requests?

Can our thinking and evaluating shift if we consider this for a guideline: We learn from what we love.

Ask: what do you love to do? To hear? To see? to experience?

Then ask: how can we create learning opportunities around this love?

Paint The Town Read!

What do most people love? Here are a few things I think answer this question.

1. To support something they believe in.

2. To be a part of a bigger world, a bigger “something happening.”

3. To have their faces seen and their voices heard.

These are three simple but oh-so true qualities we’re committed to remembering when we unleash “Paint The Town Read” on February 14.

The thing to support: reading for fun.

The bigger something: the whole area will have the opportunity to celebrate together and watch signs pop up in yards and windows across the region.

The way to have your face seen: take pictures of yourself or your family with your sign and upload the images (yourself!) to flickr and we’ll pull those tagged with “plcmcpaint” into a slideshow that lives right on our web site. (Thanks Louisville Free Public for the yard sign idea!)

There are several other bells and whistles we’re planning. To get the simple gist of this initiative, we’ve put up a very simple Paint the Town Read web page. It’s still evolving, so stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted as we move forward! The painting begins on February 14 and goes until our giant Red-Read Party at ImaginOn on April 18 (yes, that’s National Library Week!).

Here’s to celebrating our community, reading, and public libraries!