Saturday, March 15, 2014

222. Howard Lake, MN GRRL

I hadn't planned to stop here on my little tour today (in the new car), but the blue and white library sign was right out by the main road, so I just had to. And I'm glad I did!

The first thing that caught my eye was a sign in the lobby headed "Why Can't I Skip My 20 Minutes of Reading Tonight?" If you'd like to see it, check here: mv.weldre4.k12.co.us/.../Importance%20of%20Reading%20.pdf

To the right of the entrance is one of the nicest "living room" reading areas that I've seen. The rug, easy chairs, rocker, and sunny windows were very inviting.

A sign I really enjoyed, that I hadn't seen before, is

 WARNING: This library may contain unusual, hilarious, fascinating, sinister, and even frightening things. Read at your own risk.

I liked the Dewey Decimal signs in the kids' area, and the large kidney-shaped table that managed to look inviting. [That is, it didn't look like it was waiting for a gang of kids to arrive for tutoring.]

I was intrigued by the "natural world" mural on the walls of the hall leading to the restrooms and drinking fountain. Tipped off by staff, I discovered that the inside walls of the restroom (one of them at least) were similarly decorated--and there was a small artificial pine tree!

I consider this spontaneous stop one of my better decisions of the day!

For more information, go to http://www.griver.org/locations-and-hours/great-river-regional-library-howard-lake

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5 comments:

  1. Dear Ellen,

    Thanks for visiting our Howard Lake Library and also for your positive comments! Loved the little yellow paper letting me know that you'd been here, but then felt a little afraid to look at your blog comments! Howard Lake has had a library since 1905, and we love our library!

    thanks again!

    Deb Cox-Johnson

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    1. Deb, I'm sorry you had even a moment of nervousness about my comments. On these "library collecting" visits I look for two things: what I like (or amuses me, in a positive way) and what I haven't seen anywhere else. I'm glad to hear that Howard Lake has had a library for well over 100 years. This is true of so many places I visit. Libraries are alive and well!

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    2. Ellen, not too worry- it was only momentary, and then I was so glad you had stopped and so pleased to read your blog!

      p.s. Like Cokato, we in Howard Lake also have a sign that says, "Please Use Print Preview Before Printing" . . . now if only we could convince people that it's worth reading :>) best, Deb & Staff

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    3. I haven't seen a sign yet that couldn't be ignored. My fave where I work is a patron standing one foot from a sign that says "Tax forms at reference desk," asking me (at the circulation desk) whether we have tax forms.

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  2. Really great comments. They are so true. We love our library. A really fun event is Reading with the Dogs. Deb has done an exceptional job setting up the event. Lately we have had 3 dogs for the kids to read with. During February we also had dog related activities. Join us some scheduled Saturday.
    Neil, Carol and Penny

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