But of course, that's not why I was there. I was there to visit the library and coincidentally, to congratulate Shirley on her retirement from the position of Library Director. Yes, I walked in on a party--that's a first.
On with the visit. The entrance holds a magazine exchange. I spotted at least four Internet computers. Not only are there historic photos on the walls, but this is one of the few places where I've seen law books: Minnesota Rules, 2009; Minnesota Legal Manual, 2011-2012; and Minnesota Statues, 2004.
The kids' area in the back has three computers. I like the poster that says "Penworthy Bear says... pick the perfect book for you." A good message there, for patrons of all ages. There is an interesting round table with six indents. If I had a prize, I would award it to the person who thought of mounting sections of eave gutters to the wall for displaying picture books. They are beige outside, painted a nice blue inside. Brilliant! There is a separate room beyond the children's area where kids or teens can hang out.
I didn't see much of the adult area, as I think that's where the party was. I did get to chat with one of the guests, who seemed disappointed that I was not a reporter covering the event. Sorry about that. And I had a brief, pleasant conversation with Shirley, the retiree. I got her permission to take the picture, shown below, of the pleasant browsing area. I learned that the building used to house a doctor's office/clinic; the browsing area was the waiting room.
For more about this library, have a look at http://www.birdislandcity.com/public_library.htm or http://www.birdisland.lib.mn.us/.
I understand that this is a popular place to relax with the morning paper!