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.
Name: Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Location: 2400 North Meyer, Seabrook, TX 77586
Evelyn Meador Library is part of the Harris County Public Library System. The open spaces, murals and windows reflect the history of the Seabrook area and proximity to the bay. There is a teen room, a children’s area and places for adults to read, work and study. Along with the book collection, audio and video materials there are many internet computers available to the public. Other amenities include a conference room, a quiet room and comfortable chairs near the newspapers and magazine. Computer classes are free and taught at all levels. The library staff is warm and welcoming making this a place for the community to have fun, study, work or relax.
Name: MCMLS Central Branch
Location: 104 I-45 North, Conroe, TX
Central Branch is located in a business like building with open space and a place for everyone inside. On the first floor is the circulation area and the Children’s Department, which is warm with a fall bulletin board, wall art and a child sized school bus. There are tables available for children and the adults who bring them.
The second floor has adult materials to check out or use in house, a computer room, a reading area with newspapers and magazines, a large genealogy room, and an area set aside for teens.
The library and staff are warm and welcoming making this a place for everyone.
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.