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Between the Pages of the Buffalo Public Library

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Dan Lewandowski is a librarian at the downtown library as the Manager of Youth Services. He’s worn many hats from the library, starting out as a Page (checking out books) and worked his way up to his role today. He manages the children’s department, coordinates school visits, runs programs for children, and is always trying to find ways to serve the community. His mission at the library is to help people, especially children, feel welcomed and safe at the library, and to be involved and helpful with whatever they need. 

Ever since Lewandowski was a child, he’s appreciated what the public library has to offer. It was always a safe place for him to escape the problems and inequalities in the world and feel welcome and happy. His childhood wasn’t easy, but whenever he needed help the library was there for him. He has appreciated the library dearly throughout his life, and is returning the favor by becoming a librarian with the intent of serving the community as much as he possibly can. Quoting Emily Dickenson, he said, "If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain"

Lewandowski encourages anyone and everyone to come to the library, and says that there really is a good book for everyone if you take the time to find it. He knows the importance of making personal connections to discovering what individuals want to read and what motivates them to do so. He also encourages people to check out the library for all the other things it offers! There are studios to record video and music, 3D printers to create whatever your heart desires, or programs like a stitch circle if you want to get into knitting, crocheting, or sewing! With all the possibilities at the library, he says, “The library gives you the tools and resources to live the life you want” and that “programming at the library is really only limited to your imagination.”

What are you waiting for? The library has 37 locations across Western New York and millions of materials! Signing up for a library card is 100% free as is easy as going to this link and filling out a short application! For people 16 and under, you need a parent/guardian to help you if you want to borrow physical materials, and even on your own you can get a digital card to check out audiobooks, e-books, and more. Or, even easier, just go to a library and get a library card there, and check out all they have to offer!

Reading can improve your focus, comprehension, vocabulary, creativity, and so much more. It’s a good way to de-stress and be calm.

Isaiah Firestone is a student writer for Arts on the Wire, as well as co-host and producer for Putnam News!

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