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Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to add another life-changing event to my list. The training in your Center was profound. It spoke to my mind and to my heart. Not only did I work with remarkable individuals, but I also learned about the power of interdisciplinarity and collaboration all in the name of Anne Frank. It was an honor to meet all of you. I am in awe of your dedication to and passion for this work. You did a phenomenal job teaching us, engaging with us, challenging us, and encouraging us. I am many friends richer because of this experience. Thank you!

Exhibit Attendee

Hello everyone,

The staff at the Franklin Avenue Library and I wanted to take this moment to thank you all so much for the opportunity to host the beautiful and important exhibit, Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank. Your time and flexibility was greatly appreciated as we pulled this together.

Morgan, please extend our thanks to Mario and Devin. They were both so patient and flexible as we worked to make the banners fit in our space. We even had patrons interacting with the exhibit before it was fully up! This was a fabulous exhibit, and we were so happy to host it. Thank you for making it available to communities. 

Thanks also to the University of Iowa, for your support in bringing this exhibit to Iowa.
Finally, a big thank you to Stephanie and The Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa, for reaching out and partnering with us to host this (and for patiently answering all of our many, many questions). We had so many patrons and staff comment on the exhibit, and it was wonderful watching people of all ages wander through and interact with it. I asked staff to share some of the comments they received, so we could share them with you. They are below. 

Two women came in the other day and mentioned they had driven here from out of town, specifically to visit this exhibit. They were so excited to walk through it. 

A patron came to the desk to express her pleasure in viewing the Anne Frank traveling exhibit. She said that she had visited the Frank home and museum in the 1960s, seen the movies, and read Anne’s diary, and said this was a nicely presented tribute to the Frank family. 

A patron came to the desk and said that he had been to the Frank home and museum twice in his life and said that he was glad that we weren’t allowing people to forget the atrocities of the Holocaust.

I watched a mother and her young daughter as they walked through the exhibit, the mother taking the time to read information on the banners and discuss it with her daughter.

A gentleman stopped by to say how much he appreciated the exhibit, and although he thought he knew a lot about Anne Frank, he learned new things about her. 

A young woman approached me in the main hallway. Her face was flush and tears were streaming down her cheeks. I was worried that something was terribly wrong. She was so emotionally overcome that she had a difficult time getting her words out, but finally managed to convey that she was so happy that we had allowed the Anne Frank display to be at our library.

Stephanie Fruhling | Librarian | Des Moines Public Library 

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