Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Little Library - Vinalhaven, Maine

We just returned from a mini-vacation where we were able to escape the heat of Virginia and enjoy some truly quiet (but busy) days in New England.

Traveling to Vinalhaven, Maine, 15 miles of the coast of Rockland and accessible by ferry, was no small feat but it was well worth the trip.  And where does a librarian go when she's on vacation?  To the Vinalhaven Public Library, of course!

The original building was completed in 1906 and dedicated in 1907 as part of the Carnegie libraries.  A lovely sunlit (well, in summertime anyway) addition was completed in 2007.  I only wish I had taken a better picture of the beautiful stained glass in the children's room.

Yup, it's a Carnegie!
Beautiful building created, I'm assuming, from granite quarried from the island itself.
From my brief perusal of the children's room and young adult section, I could tell that there was some outstanding collection development going on.  As a youngster I'd be as happy as a clam at high tide to spend the winter months just reading my way through the bookshelves.  Of course, being the nut that I am, I took pictures of just some of the books on display.

I'd never heard of this book.  I checked it out, of course!

Cynthia Lord has visited the island's K-12 school's library!

Outstanding use of available space.  There was truly something for everyone!

Droooooool!  My students would DIE for this shelf!

Thank you, Vinalhaven Public Library, for creating a little bit of heaven in not quite the middle of the Atlantic.


  1. I lived up there for nearly 9 years. Old Town. Miss it.

  2. Ooh, yes, perfect-o! Thanks for the link.


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