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Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Update: Library of Distinction

If you read my Small But Mighty post last month, you already know about Little Free Libraries and that I have a LFL at our cottage. As a steward, I periodically receive a newsletter from the Little Free Library organization in which they often highlight what they call a "Little Free Library of Distinction." This month the honor fell on one of the libraries I highlighted in my post, the little log cabin in Hersey. How timely.

Here's the story from steward Charmaine Lucas as published in the newsletter:
"Larry Trombley, owner of the Hersey Roller Mills Store, acquired a little log cabin from the Village of Hersey, with the idea of starting a library. It became a Little Free Library charter member in November 2017. Books that began the Library came from Eldon and Mary Lou Zimmerman, who were lifetime Hersey residents and active community members. The library is dedicated to their memory."

Larry Trombley's library also caught the attention of a local TV station that named him a "Person of the Week." Here's a link to the story and a video featuring Larry and the Hersey LFL:
Hersey Library of Distinction.

Kudos to Larry and the Village of Hersey. I look forward to the snow clearing and the coming cottage season when I will be sure to visit this gem in person.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Community Centered


Englehardt Library
200 N. Monroe St.
Lowell, MI 49331

I've never met a library I didn't like. Each one has a story. And I enjoy them all—from large (LOC) to small (Small But Mighty), in exotic settings (Hong Kong), in unusual locations (Topinabee), and in lovely vacation spots (Mackinac). But there's something special about a hometown library, one that is an integral part of the community in which it resides. Such is the case with the Englehardt Library, my hometown library in Lowell. I recently paid a visit to get reacquainted.