Pacific City, Oregon Public Library
6200 Camp Street, Pacific City, Oregon 97135
This lovely welcoming library is part of the Tillamook County Library System. The free wifi 24 hours a day is a great asset to this community with all the tourism that comes to the beach. There is also a variety of materials for all ages and a comfortable area where parents can interact with their children. Around the Library are comfortable chairs for reading and tables to spread out if needed. One sculpture in the Children’s area that caught my eye is “Philbert” the Oregon Beaver. It was handcrafted by Jim Stober in 1988. Beside the library is a community garden with all produce going to local food banks. This is a welcoming place for a get away from the crowds on the beach.
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.