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?
For more information, go to www.pembrokelibrary.ca.