Name: Lexington Branch Library
Location: 602 S. Main Street, Lexington, NC 27292
Lexington Library is easily to find and is laid out to give customers ease of access to computers and materials as well as space to work, read, and study. In the foyer there is an Art Pig with books beside it, one of many Art Pigs found in the city. Those who love new books find that they are readily available just inside the entrance with tables nearby to work at or browse materials. Finding materials is made easy with several special collections; The Classics, Holiday and Short Stories as well as a rack of Classic Zane Grey westerns to be browsed and checked out. The Genealogy Room is open to the public for research and has census records on microfilm along with many other volumes including Daughters of the American Revolution 1929-1939.
Lexington Library is also a local depository for Government Documents even though many are accessible online. There is an area set aside for young adults with books laid out making it easy to find the next book in a series, browse or study.
I loved the House Elf like the one in Harry Potter that is on display here. The Children’s department is a large room with computer access, and a large story area with a beautiful mural. This area is open for the children to put on plays or puppet shows when a program is not in progress. The pillar made into a giant beanstalk leading to the sky highlights the efforts of this library to make the children and parents feel at home here. Check the website for program information or go by to see what is happening here.
Name: Samuels Public Library
Location: 330 East Criser Road, Front Royal, VA
Samuels Public Library has been serving the community since 1799. It is housed in a beautiful building about five years old and is well supported by the community. The library has free computer access for all ages and many comfortable reading areas, tables to work at as well as separate study and conference rooms. There is a computer lab open to any group when not being used by the library. For those interested in the local history visit the Virginia History Room which houses local history and some genealogical information.
Two special things I noticed: To better serve the health needs of the community the library has partnered with Warren County Memorial Hospital to provide flyers and a computer for the public to research medical questions. To encourage literacy they offer a ‘Book Club in a Bag’, this is a kit with 10 books, suggested study questions that checks out for 8 weeks so any one can lead a book discussion at any location.
The Young Adults and Children have their own areas where families can come and read, access the computers, play games and attend the many scheduled programs. The Library displays local art by the children and teens. Currently in the Children’s Department are small books that were made by local children expressing themselves. In the middle of the The Children’s Department is a beautiful mural painted by a local artist.
Along with traditional materials Samuels Library offers e-books, music, and access to many online databases through links on their webpage. This library and staff are encouraging literacy in their community.
Name: Ellicottville Memorial Public Library
Location: 6499 Maples RD., Ellicottville, NY 14731
Ellicottville Memorial Library is part of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. If the material you want is not on the shelf it can be brought in from another library in the system. As you enter the library there are public access computers on the left and wifi is free for those with their own electronic devices. The Children’s Department is a warm welcoming area with stuffed animals and glove shaped chairs surrounded by books encouraging girls and boys to read. For teens and adults there are several work/study areas with large tables and comfortable chairs. The Kernes Fireplace Lounge has a couch and chairs. This area is used by the Ellicottville Book Club on a regular basis. Some of the other activities that take place at the library are Art and Exercise Classes
One of the fun things that stood out to me was the large “Away from Home Gnome” board where customers who take a paper Gnome figure on their trips can post pictures when they return home. This library is reaching out to encourage literacy in the community and provide a place for the community to come together.
Name: Henderson Memorial Public Library
Location: 54 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH 44047
Henderson Memorial is easily accessed in downtown Jefferson. The collections are well marked making it easy to find the materials you are looking for. Near the circulation desk the DVDs and Music are easily browsed. They also provide public access computers and free WiFi if you have your own electronic device. In the adult area near the magazines are chairs for reading as well as a puzzle laid out for anyone who would like to work on it. For a place to work or study there are several large tables nearby.
For the Summer SRP “Dig Into Reading” program the Children’s Department sponsored a “Muddy Good Times” for one of their programs. The library provided clay that looked like mud and the children made things out of the ‘mud’. The Adults were encouraged to read three books during SRP and choose a free paperback from the shelf by the circulation desk.
A flyer for two programs caught my attention under the title “Digging Up Your Ancestors” They did “Gravestone Rubbings” one day and a “Genealogy “Workshop” the next.The gravestone rubbings were taken at a local cemetery and used different mediums to take them. There is more information at the library website http://henderson.lib.oh.us/.
Allerton public Library District
201 N. State street, Monticello, IL
The Monticello Library is located just off the town square in a historic building. Although they are limited in space the library staff have organized the collection and layout to accommodate the needs of the community. The staff are welcoming and ready help if needed. Signage is good and there is easy access to all the collections.Along with materials geared for adults there is a teen collection and a children’s area with materials at their height and child sized seating and play area.
The library is gearing up for Summer Reading, there are two bulletin boards and registration has begun. There is a large glass display case near the check out desk with items of interest from around the globe to go along with the “Have Book Will Travel” theme.
There is a comfortable reading area with newspapers and magazines and large tables for work or study. Free wifi is available with your electronic devices. For those interested in early Monticello there are many historic pictures of downtown in the 1800s in a glass wall display.
Although the library building is not large with a library card customers have free access to materials in other libraries, Illinois state archives, genealogy resources and many more helpful sites. This library is a great place to visit this summer.