Y’all know what a lahberry is, right? You go there to borry books. SHUT UP — DON’T MAKE FUN OF THE WAY I TALK, THAT’S RUDE!
Okay. Here are some pictures of the Harrison County Public Library, which totally rocks.
So here’s the side door, which we used to be able to use, but no longer can, because books were sneaking out through it. Now it’s locked and alarmed. Thanks, Obama.
So I’ll go past the entrance and show you a snappie of what used to be the bank but is now half of the library. See that black square with the gold squiggles on it? That’s the plaque identifying it as the bank, which it no longer is. Now, what was the bank entrance just lets light into the non-fiction section of the library.
Okay, so the library WAS a wee li’l Carnegie building around the corner, but The Fair Store (a sort of pint-sized independent Woolworth’s) closed because the owners retired and the library bought the building and bricked it up so it would look like the bank building so it would be bee-you-ti-ful. But there were decorative lion heads atop the bank facade! What to do? The library’s architect found some architectural salvage and BOOM! Not an exact match, but pretty damn good, in the circumstances. Whadda you think?
Hard to see, I know, but they’re very high up, and I’m not exactly Spiderman.
Here’s the actual library entrance. The red, white, and blue bunting are because this is Indiana’s bicentennial.
The library is a Safe Place. That makes me so happy!
Okay. Inside, yada yada yada books and books on tape/cd and videos and ebooks. But here’s some cool stuff that not all libraries have, maybe.
The Teens have their own section.
I think the summer reading program this year is sports, or maybe Indiana. Anyway, the kids’ room mascots are on the job.
Back down at the foot of the kids’ floor stairs, the entrance to the non-fiction section. Funny story: When the library bought The Fair Store’s building, the bank was still open. So the library had to reinforce the wall between them so nobody could break into the library and bust through the wall and rob the bank. I think somebody had been reading too much cheap fiction. BUT ANYWAY, much money later, the bank felt safe. Then it closed and sold its building to the library. Which then had to break through the wall so it could use the new space. Yeah, maybe not so funny. Nice archway, though.
Inside, on the other side of that wall at the right with the picture on it, is the coffee space with free coffee provided by the Friends of the Library. And this.
Because this part of the library used to be a bank, it has what in it, children? Let’s not always see the same hands. Yes! That’s right!
They use it for storage and for shelter during tornado warnings. We are in Tornado Alley, you know.
And then there’s this. Why would I want to go to far-off places, when I can go into town and play with this?
This post is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up. Go read his post(s), then click on the little blue hop-frog at the bottom to see who else is participating and where their doors are.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Send your main character to the library.