Name: Mary L. Cook Public Library
Location: 381 Old Stage Road, Waynesville, OH 45068
Mary L. Cook Library is a friendly, comfortable place to spend some time or find materials to take home and enjoy. We were greeted by staff as we entered and felt very comfortable looking around the building.
When entering the building immediately on the right the “New Books” are displayed. All collections are easy to find and the layout is comfortable and inviting. There is a Reference/Genealogy room located near other adult collections. An Adult Reading area with magazines and newspapers are nearby with comfortable seating. The sky light and glass doors give the reading area an open feeling. Next to the reading area is a large music CD collection along with audio books and DVDs. Summer Reading is encouraged for all ages and everyone has a chance to win one of the many gift baskets on display in the library. The teens have their own enclosed area with materials of interest to them and tables where they can study or socialize. The Children’s Rooms are a recent addition with large windows looking out over the grounds. It is a warm inviting place for children to come. The walls have large colorful flowers on them. Some of the books are shelved in nontraditional freestanding child size shelving.
The outside grounds are well kept and show great community involvement. The gazebo was sponsored and built by several groups from the community. The beautiful flowers are maintained by the Warren County Master Gardeners Association.
An outstanding feature provided by the Master Gardeners is Peter Rabbit’s Garden. It is a small garden with vegetables growing in it surrounded by white fence. There are flowers, a hop-scotch game and tic-tac-toe to play as well.
As we planned our summer adventure the “anchor” was Nazarene General Assembly in Indianapolis. If not for this big event we would likely have traveled west instead of to the Midwest and points east. For those of you who aren’t associated with our branch of the Christian family tree I’ll explain that every four years Nazarenes from around the globe come together for a big family reunion of sorts. There’s also some business to be conducted: elections and resolutions and the like; but this is mainly a celebration that draws not only elected delegates from over 150 world areas but folks like us — whom I call “Nazarene tourists.”
For us, Indianapolis has lots of pluses. This is our family’s home territory and there are lots of cousins and other relatives around. We enjoyed seeing our cousin Kathy Schreiber and her clan on Sunday morning.
Our family from Texas came too. Scott and Cherie and Matthew along with my sister Susan came because our wonderful granddaughter Sarah qualified for the big World Bible Quiz that took place on Saturday. “How’d she do” you ask? Well, let me tell you: she and several hundred others came home with the gold! We’re proud of our Sarah! On Saturday evening the whole gang sat together in the worship service: us, Scott and Cherie and the kids, Susan, Jackie’s brother and sis-in-law Jim and Phyllis. We even had our good friend Marsha with us. So our little group took our own bit of space in a crowd of over 15,000.
There were thousands of Nazarenes in Indianapolis. The Sunday morning worship service alone drew over 20,000. We saw lots of friends including folks who were at our wedding almost 44 years ago. It is so much fun catching up with so many people we’ve known in the past or who are friends of ours on Facebook or NazNet or elsewhere.
Our Indianapolis stay has been Nazarene all the way as we’ve been camped at the Indianapolis District, Church of the Nazarene campground at Camby just outside of Indianapolis. This is a grass campground and, because of the limited number of full hookup sites we’ve had only water and electric. It wasn’t much of an inconvenience because we spent most of our time at the convention center anyway.
On Sunday afternoon there was a big thunderstorm with considerable wind. There was some tree damage, including one big tree that came down. Thankfully, no buildings or campers were damaged.
Jackie and I really enjoyed General Assembly, especially seeing our family. Now, though, we’re ready to head for Ohio and back into our “normal” full time RV activities.
Name: Clinton Public Library
Location: Clinton, Indiana
313 South 4th Street
This beautiful Carnegie Library was originally built in 1909 and has been updated several times and is now serving Clinton, IN and surrounding communities. As you come through the front doors there is a large open room with a balcony. There is a beautiful large circulation desk where staff greet each person that comes in. On this level are several public internet computers some some of which are designated as testing computers. There is a comfortable seating area with tables near the newspapers and magazine section. The Adult Fiction, New book display and Friends of the Library sale books are on this level. The balcony area is accessible by stairs and elevator and contains the Adult Non-fiction, Biographies and Large Print collections. Tables and chairs for reading, working or study along with two typewriters are available on this level.
The Young Adults have a room set aside on the second floor where they have computers and materials of interest to them. The Children’s Department is being remodeled and is currently sharing space on the balcony level but will be re-opened very soon. The Summer Reading Program is continuing while the work is being completed.
There are three fully equipped meeting rooms and a small study/conference room open to the public and a Genealogy/Local History Department. This library is working hard to reach its community.