South Berwick Public Library

November 3, 2008 at 5:30 pm 1 comment

My partner and I drove past the South Berwick Public Library on our way home from a Maine vacation.  We passed many other cute, country libraries on our journey back to Boston, which I sighed about, knowing we couldn’t possibly visit them all.  Luckily, we decided to stop for lunch and I found a reason to check out (no pun intended, people, come on!) the local library.

What seemed smallish from the outside, was tiny inside: one floor, four public rooms, stuffed with books.  Despite the obvious lack of growing space, I was impressed by the dedicated YA section, just a shelf, really, in a sectioned -off nook/fireplace called, “The Carolyn Martindale Room.”  Similarly, there were numerous other nooks, very cozy, which would allow readers to curl up in relative privacy.

In my humble opinion, one of the better features of tiny public libraries located in historic houses is that they can be decorated like dollhouses.  South Berwick fit the bill with it’s charming patterned wallpaper, rugs, and what appeared to be antiques.  The main (adult) stacks are well worth the gander as never before have I seen a collection where the fiction is located on shelves sandwiched between wall-shelves of non-fiction.  They even managed to fit, just off the stacks, a table with magazines and a chair.

The librarians I encountered, two, I think, seemed embarrassed at the size of their library, but I thought it was great.  Hats off to them for doing what they can with what they were given.  May they be an example to us all!

Okay…hem!  Got a little excited there.

Books ogled: “Lola at the Library” by Anna Mcquinn and “Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly” by by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes.


Entry filed under: New England.

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