Saturday, July 23, 2016

416. Northeast Harbor Library, Maine

The library is on a hill just outside the downtown area.

The welcoming door

To the right of the door as I entered, I saw the media collection, which seemed to have a lot of recorded books. There are many "Great Courses" on DVD and a few lingering VHS tapes. Five computers and a printer occupied a hexagonal table in the center of the space.

A curved window wall embraces a couch and easy chairs. Shelves below the window hold reference books, most notably 18 volumes of The Birds of North America. Complementing these volumes are large prints of Audubon paintings between the windows. Nearby is a room with a fireplace, periodicals, and newspapers hanging over, not mounted on, classic library newspaper sticks. [If you don't know what those are, go in and have a look. Putting newspapers on sticks was part of my job in a long-ago time.]

The Teen area is at the top of the stairs. There are Young Adult books, of course, as well as computers, art, and a counter with stools. Counters and/or "diner seating" are hallmarks of teen library space everywhere I go.

The Maine Studies Room houses books new and old, Lloyd's Register, the Maine Register from 1870 through 2015, among others. An upright typewriter in this room was used by Frances FitzGerald to write the book Fire in the Lake, published in 1972. [I looked this up in my library catalog on line and it says 2002; perhaps a second edition?]

Another room, the Garden Room, was bright and sun-lit on this beautiful day. With easy chairs and gardening books, it provides another quiet place to sit and read--or just think about your next garden.

The non-fiction stacks have a funny little corner with a venerable easy chair tucked away. What a treasure for someone seeking a semi-private nook! I think it's a nice touch to place information about the Mango language-learning program near the travel books.

High windows bring light into the children's area.

Dr. Seuss reminds us that we are unique.

An unusual dollhouse display is on the left as you enter the children's area.

The white rabbit scares some small children.
Perhaps when he has a name, they will feel more comfortable with him.

A librarian I talked to told me that this is a privately funded library, and also serves as the school library. I can't explain why I have neither pictures nor notes about the children's area-- It's a mystery.


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