About This Blog

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.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Just One More From Copper Country

Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw
105 Huron Street
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 482-7140

On a lovely day in Houghton, Michigan, I had visited an interesting bookstore, met an old friend for lunch, and discovered a fabulous library. But my posts about Copper Country would not be complete without one more brief account. Leaving the library, I headed back to our hotel room to find that my husband had not yet returned from his geologic adventure. So I calculated that I had a small sliver of time, perhaps enough time to try to find the old Carnegie building that had been home to the Portage Lake District Library from 1910 to 2006. Houghton is not that big a town, after all, and having already received general directions as to the location of the original structure, I decided that a quick trip to get a photo of the place was in order. So off I went.

Monday, October 1, 2018

More from Copper Country

Portage Lake District Library
58 Huron Street
Houghton, MI 49931

Well, here it is almost October already, and by the time this is posted, it will actually be October. But for right now as I write, I am enjoying the last of September. And I'm in my happy place at the cottage. Never mind that it is cloudy, cold, and wet. That just makes it the perfect time to hunker down with a cozy throw and write. Right? Well, I have a confession to make. Shhhhh!! Don't let this get out to other English majors and bloggers. I don't really like writing. I don't hate it. I just don't look forward to it, and I don't fancy myself a writer. I'm more of an observer. But what good are observations if you don't write them down? So sometimes it takes a day like this to help me sit down and focus on recording the part I love—discovering bookstores and libraries.

With that in mind, I have a great library to tell you about. In my last post I wrote about Bookworm, a great bookstore in Houghton, Michigan. But that was just the start of my day. As it turns out, a friend and former colleague just happened to be in the area that day. Though nine hours from home, I had the pleasure of meeting Todd for lunch. How cool is that! Then with the afternoon before me, I decided to walk the few short blocks to the local library, recently recommended to me by friends and fellow pyrotechnics enthusiasts, Andy and Janet Webb. Their favorable description, coupled with the fact that my husband was still likely to be enjoying his rockhounding excursion for a few hours more, made for an easy decision to pay a visit to Houghton's Portage Lake District Library.