I love to visit libraries. Every year I make a list and think about it at year’s end. This year I went to 48 libraries in seven states and three Canadian provinces. Eighty-seven library visits total. Previous years: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and some reviews from 2003.
It was a weird year. I spent more of it away from home than usual, needing things to distract me. I followed more well-trodden paths otherwise. I was planning to visit ALL the Harvard libraries before my fellowship expired, but things don’t always go like I plan.
Libraries I went to a lot
- Kimball (VT) – My local
- Hartness (VT) – The local academic
- Chelsea (VT) – Over the mountain, I worked some shifts this year.
- Boxboro (MA) – Library that my mom went to, I probably went there more than twice but that’s all I wrote down
All the rest of the libraries
- Woodstock (VT) – stopped by on a snowy day
- Brooklyn Central (NY) – gave a talk and got to open one of those BIG windows out front
- Barre High (VT) – said hello after my CRAAP talk
- Bryant (RI) – RILA talk, such a nice library
- Acton (MA) – the library I spent the most time in as a teenager
- Baraboo (WI) – cute and lovely Carnegie
- Rockingham (VT) – gave a privacy talk, enjoyed the Hetty Green exhibits
- Hartland (VT) – did some Passport planning
- Strathcona/EPL (Edmonton AB) – a lovely old building in Edmonton
- Toronto Ref (Toronto ON) – The Ref, so big, so grand, got the full tour
- Belcher/Gaysville (VT) – a live-in library with a lot of funky stories
- UToronto/Fisher (Toronto ON) – big and bold
- Rutherford/UA (Edmonton AB) – lots of places to wander in this library, love the engagement work they do
- Cumberland (RI) – full tour including the roof!
- Toronto/Gladstone (Toronto ON) – a lovely and PACKED public library
- Aurora Hills (VA) – this library is not accessible to people in wheelchairs
- Alburg (VT) – on my way out of the country, they loan snowshoes
- Westport (MA) – did not manage to get here much
- Norwich U (VT) – haven’t been here in a while and was happy to go back
- VT State Library (VT) – they are moving to a new building! maybe my last time here
- Montreal PL (Quebec) – wide-ranging and somewhat opaque to someone who doesn’t speak good French
- Montpelier PL (VT) – love all the wood in this place
- Springfield (VT) – stopped by to see Amy
- Randall/Stow (MA) – raptor show!!
- Harvard Public (MA) – really great renovation at this place
- Brown/Northfield (VT) – stopped by on a cold day
- Brookfield (VT) – a classic one room library
- Widener/Harvard (MA) – the library to end all libraries, spent a lot of time in the basement
- Library of Congress (DC) – the other library to end all libraries
- Toronto/Palmerston (Toronto ON) – a small branch, very busy
- Toronto/Robarts (Toronto ON) – big and wide ranging, hard to get in and out of
- Maynard (MA) – killed some time here and enjoyed it
- West Acton (MA) – never been to this tiny library before
- Bethel (VT) – taught a class and it went well
- Wayland (MA) – the library near the hospice, under construction
- Arlington popup (VA) – seemed to be the antidote for the other non-accessible library. very hard to find
- Tozzier/Harvard (MA) – open a lot, wish I could have spent more time here
- Quechee (VT) – old and classic, we looked at bird books here
- Rochester (VT) – privacy talk and hang out time, new kids space is great
- Goodnow/Sudbury (MA) – also close to hospice and a much better/bigger and more welcoming library
- Saratoga Springs PL (FL) – a great place walking distance from the conference
- Tiverton PL (RI) – did not get here as much as I wanted either
- Whiting/Chester (VT) – stopped by to drop off passports, met some nice men and we had a great talk
- Niceville PL (FL) – quick stop to say hi to the fish tank
I remain eternally grateful to people who took time out from their jobs to show me around, tell me their stories and share with me what is special about their communities.
One thought on “2017 in libraries”
I just opened a link to a job posting at the Hartness Library – I’ll give it some extra consideration if it means I’d get to meet one of my fave library bloggers ;)
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