When we began the search for our current home some 20 years ago, I hoped for one thing — a library nearby. In walking distance if possible. That was not to be.
But I am closer to a library now than I ever have been even though I have about a six-minute drive there.
We live in a lovely community and in the core of our business area are many wonderful, older buildings — the original fire hall now converted to administrative offices and the original elementary school now used by a private school.
And not too far from those buildings stands our library, Ledding Library. Its architecture a far cry from that of my first library, the subject of an earlier post, Ledding has a rich history dating back to the late 1800s. And it’s located in an area reflective of our community’s desire to protect our environment.
Behind the library building sits lovely Scott Park at the center of which lies a pond where in early spring azaleas, rhododendrons and more bloom, and where Canadian geese and mallards nest and raise their young. It’s a lovely place to go and read the first couple of chapters of the book you’ve just checked out.
Or to visit a resident nutria, seen here making friends with a visitor who must have food in hand.
In the summer this lovely park and wetlands area is host to a variety of musical concerts, clowns, magicians, jugglers and more. I guess you might say in good weather it becomes a hub of activity in our somewhat smallish community.
On the other side of the pond is the Pond House Bookstore, a residence acquired a few years back to house the used books recycles by patrons happy to have their first reads sold at a nominal price and read by someone else.
After 20 years (almost) of holding a card to this lovely library and enjoying its outdoor benefits as well, I can honestly say that six minutes isn’t that far to drive to get to what we lovingly call the “free bookstore.”
What about you? Do you have a favorite library and what makes it a favorite — place, activities, atmosphere, free books for reading? Join the discussion — we’ll have a great time comparing libraries!
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ON TAP NEXT: My review of an anthology compiled of memories from women who lived in the ’60s and ’70s, Times They Were A-Changing, edited by Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Meyers and Amber Lea Starfire. That’s coming up on Tuesday, December 17th. Hope to see you here.
- Americans say they still love their libraries, even if they’re not using them (pbs.org)
- A bookstore in the Library? (cmluna21.wordpress.com)
- 90% of Americans Said Library Closures Would Hurt Their Community: Pew Digital Library Report (mediabistro.com)