There are many reasons to visit a specific library: follow up on an intriguing article or picture, complete a regional group, drive down the road and see a universal library sign.... How about "want to visit a shoe outlet and a certain 'boutiquelet' with a big sale in Wisconsin, look at the map, discover a small town library between the two sales;" yes, that will suffice.
The town of Cornell celebrated its centennial last year and the public library published a booklet about the library as part of the celebration. The booklet is clearly written and illustrated with old photographs, a very nice piece of work.
The brick building has some interesting architectural details, like the crenelated roofline on the front. Inside, as in so many libraries, there is a clear interest in local history, with a floor-to-ceiling old wooden "history cabinet," an antique wheelchair holding teddy bears, and many old photographs that give a broad look at town life, from a children's playground parade to a visit from Senator Kennedy.
All is not old, however. There are four public Internet computers, and wifi is available for those with their own laptops. Although the library is unaffiliated with any regional consortium, it offers free interlibrary loan service, faxing, and test proctoring. The latter two are too often not available in larger libraries, so finding them here is commendable. And they are open about 30 hours a week!
Young patrons will find a cozy corner with a bright rug, enough books to get them started on a life of literacy, and a whole menagerie of stuffed animals. There is a summer reading program and a LEGO club.
Adults will find plenty of media and books. Perhaps reflecting its roots in the Presbyterian Sunday School, there is a large collection of books marked "IN" for inspirational.
Leaving the library, we realized we were hungry. That's when we discovered that Cornell is on a popular bike trail, which apparently provides enough business to support a very nice deli and ice cream shop, with friendly staff and excellent food. We left replete, taking with us a slab of "chocolate fudge cheese." Sorry, you'll just have to visit Cornell yourself to learn about that--but it's good!
For more about this library, visit their website at www.cornellpl.org or look for them on Facebook.
6/27/2014, car, with NJ