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Unique use of an old card Catalog at Munising, MI Schools Public Library

Munising Schools Public Library

Munising Schools Public Library
810 West M-28, Suite A
Munising, Michigan 49862

 

Another unique find while traveling this summer. We stopped to use the Internet at the  Munising Schools Public Library while there I saw a card catalog that looked to be in use. On closer inspection I saw that it is a Seed Library. There are envelopes of seeds in the drawers with instructions on planting. They offer instructions for saving seeds to keep the Seed Library going. There is an instructional flyer on top of the catalog with websites that provide more information.

Response code is 404

 

2015 little Free Library near Friendship, WI

Castle Rock County Park

2397 County Rd Z, Friendship, WI 53934

I came across this Free Library at the Castle Rock County Park near Friendship, WI.  This library is part of the Little Free Library movement  that was started Wisconsin in 2009. It has now become an international program. I will keep watching for more to share as we travel.

Response code is 404

 

 

Lake Whitney TX Public Library

PHOTO_20150521_145747Lake Whitney, TX Public Library
602 E. Jefferson Ave, Whitney, TX 76692

This beautiful library is just a few years old with something for all ages. I was greeted by a warm and friendly staff who are available to answer questions and give directions. I appreciated the ongoing book sale a was able to pick a paperback to carry and read this summer. For more information go to whitneylibrary.org.

South Tillamook County Library Pacific City, Oregon

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.

Response code is 404

2014 Coupville Washington Library

Coupeville Public Library

Coupeville, WA 98239-0745

Coupeville Public Library http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/coupeville/ is part of the SNO-ISLE Libraries serving Snohomish and Island counties.

This lovely library in Coupeville has several displays set up to encourage reading by all ages. The building is inviting with places to set and read, public access to the internet and many windows giving it an open feeling. What caught my eye was the beautiful arch over the entrance to the children’s department and the Large Print collection near the reading area. The Friends of the Library have a book sale area near the entrance.

Response code is 404

Murphy Memorial Library, Livingston, TX

Name: Murphy Memorial Library

Location: 601 West Church Street, Livingston, TX 77351

Located on a major thoroughfare Murphy Memorial Library  is serving it’s community offering  free internet access  along with books and materials for all ages.  They have ongoing story times for children,  a genealogy section, a reading area and a large section of paperback books.  Free one on one help with research and computer needs is available by appointment.  When the renovation is completed at the new location the library will have more to offer with meeting rooms, and a separate computer area; a place where the community can gather.

Response code is 404

 

Lawrenceburg Public Library

Name: Lawrenceburg Public Library
Location: 519 East Gaines St.,
Lawrenceburg, TN 39464

13 - 5 This warm, friendly library is part of the Lawrence County Public Library System. They offer traditional library services with their well laid out collection, free internet access on the pubilc PCs and wireless for those with their own electronic devices. There are also free computer classes available. There is a comfortable area to read a current magazine or newspaper and tables available for those who are looking for a place to spread out and work.

13 - 7 the large bulletin board stating “Time for S’more Reading” with a fall camping scene encourages people to read.  A quilt in the Children’s Department tells the story of the Little Engine That Could while the Story Time Poster is eye catching with its puzzle piece boarder sitting on a shelf with a giraffe as an end piece.

The Lawrence County room is set aside for  Historians and Genealogists looking for a place to do research and work on their projects. On the main floor there is one display case with World War II era memorabilia and another with antique cameras and various figurines about photography.

This library is a place where anyone can use a computer, go online, read or do research with staff nearby to help if needed.

Response code is 404

 

 

Justin Potter Library

Name: Justin Potter Library
Location: 101 South 1st Street
Smithville, TN 32166

2013-Potter Library-Smithville, TN - 7This lovely  library with it’s warm and friendly staff  reaches out to the community offering a variety of materials and programs. To learn about upcoming programs check the website to see what is available for you. The book collection is augmented by a book lease program that allows the library to receive bestsellers throughout the year keeping the collection current. There are also CDs, audio books, videos, and DVDs for all ages. For those with electronic devices wireless internet is available and there are downloadable books available through the library website.

2013-Potter Library-Smithville, TN - 8 The support of the community for the library is shown in  many ways including the the beautiful stained glass windows donated by local families. Area artists have donated their creations and the Children’s area has been brightened by posters and wall art created by local artists. A volunteer oversees the glass display case. I was lucky enough to see this month’s privately owned display. It includes a Jackie Kennedy Onassis Doll and replica jewelry, Marilyn Monroe Dolls, and a Vivian Leigh Doll dressed as Scarlett O’Hara along with jewelry, glassware, and figurines.

 There is Genealogical Room with information on local families and material about the area. A local historian volunteers his time helping people with genealogical questions. The staff and volunteers are doing a great job of encouraging literacy in their community.

Response code is 404

Samuels Public Library, Front Royal, Virginia

Name: Samuels Public Library

Location: 330 East Criser Road, Front Royal, VA

Photo Aug 19, 2 40 49 PM.jpg 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.

Response code is 404

Ellicottville Memorial Public Library

Name: Ellicottville Memorial Public Library

Location: 6499 Maples RD., Ellicottville, NY 14731

IMG_0825.JPG  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

IMG_0823.JPGOne 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.

Response code is 404