Wednesday, June 5, 2013

176. Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, Ontario, Canada

Visiting this library was a good chance to stretch my legs after a long day of driving from NH, so I walked there from my motel. It was well-worth the walk. The building dates to 1914. It was designed by architect Francis Conroy Sullivan, who was an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. The geometric stained-glass windows certainly show Wright's influence.

The upper level has browsing areas, a cafe with three tables and self-serve coffee, and eight public computers. A video was playing softly near the cafe. The stacks are very light and bright, thanks in part to the colorful yellow shelving. Signs on the end of one row list Canadian genre authors, and it seemed that all fiction is shelved together. Instead of a separate area for Mysteries, for example, you would identify the name of the author you want and find the book with the other fiction. I can see some advantages to this.

The non-fiction stacks are on the other side of this level, and there are more easy chairs in an area designated the Subhash Mehta Memorial Reading Room.

The lower level houses the teen's and children's areas. There are four computers for their use. In the teen area I saw two interesting displays. One was an array of book jacket art from many teen books. The other was a "broken heart" with the suggestion that if you were looking for a "dark" book, you could look for a book marked with a black heart; for a more upbeat book, look for a red heart. I think this approach would be very appealing to some teens.

From the teen area, you come to a large collection of J books, fiction and non-fiction (and a changing table in an alcove!?), then the preschool area with Seuss graphics on the walls, and an early reading area. A notebook for parents is designed for "Matching your child's grade level to the books in this library." It explains the designations for various reading levels and how they are indicated on the books. I was glad to see this on the first page, however: "You must start where they are..."

I was running out of steam, or I would have spent more time with the "Brain Builders," books apparently on school topics but in storybook form. I'd like to know more about that, if someone would like to write a comment on it. Please?

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  1. Brian builder is new type of collection we have it in our library. This collection includes English, Math, Science, Character building etc. These books are Non-fictions and are written in a Fiction style. This collection helps children to understand difficult concepts, and is very popular among our users.If you like to get more information, please contact: Karthi Rajamani, Manager of Children's and Teens' Services, Pembroke, ON

  2. Thank you for your visit to our library. We are very proud of this heritage building and library. It is always a pleasure to have visitors, friends passing through that see our library through their lens. Your write up is fresh, inviting. It reads like meeting a new friend.

    Perhaps we'll hear from you again
    Margaret Mau, CEO

    1. Margaret, visiting libraries for me is like making new friends...I may never visit that library again, but when I read my posts and look at the pictures, it's as if I were back there. And I know where I've been greeted warmly (like Pembroke) or not (like places I won't mention). Pembroke is where I usually stop overnight on my trip back from New Hampshire to Minnesota. And after all that driving, I need to get out and walk--so you might just see me again next year!

  3. We coined the word “Brain Builders”. This collection includes materials from different publishers. When I select materials for this collection, I keep in mind our user needs; I go through various publisher’s catalog and websites to select. If you need more information please contact Karthi Rajamani email:

    Karthi Rajamani


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