North Country Library Tour!

Well, part of one, anyway.  I had a route planned out, from the Colton Hepburn Library to the Akwesasne Cultural Center Library and Museum, that would have taken two-and-a-half hours just to drive.  But my transmission crapped out after the third stop.  It turned out to be a minor problem, but this was two days before I would be driving home, so we spent the last day of my visit waiting on mechanics, and I didn’t get to finish my route.  Anyway, this is what I did see.

I knew the Colton Hepburn Library wouldn’t be open, but stopped anyway.  And despite the steady rain, I still found someone sitting on the steps using the free wifi.  The building is beautiful.  I look forward to seeing it sometime when it’s open.

There was a small park across the street, with a permanent display of information about the Raquette River.

Next stop was Canton.  I had been here before when they were closed, so made a point to return.  I spoke with Director Emily Owen Hastings, who very kindly answered all of my questions about population sizes and funding sources.  It sounds like NY (Or maybe just the county?  Answers were understandably vague, as they’re yet unconfirmed) is thinking about changing the way libraries are funded, which can only be a good thing.  The way they’re funded currently works against them.

I’m only going to share the external photos and a couple of things from the children’s area.  I was trying to avoid photographing patrons, so the only pics I got of the adult/teen areas are the spots where every available space is crammed full of materials, instead of pics of the gorgeous woodwork, massive stone fireplaces at each end of the room, and seriously old, solid, dark wooden bookcases.  Storytime was happening in one of the community rooms downstairs.  I stuck my head in and saw that it was well attended!  The library was busy the whole time I was there.

 

 

 

 

 

Heh, that photo alignment’s almost accurate.

 

Edit:  I’m going to edit these photos back in.  If nothing else, maybe they can make a case for expansion.

At first I thought this was the teen area. It’s the manga and anime corner.
This is the teen area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I visited the Morley Library.  I think this was my favorite, because it was so small, cozy, and unassuming.  In fact, I had a little trouble finding it at first, even with GPS.  I circled the corner a couple of times, and didn’t notice the lettering on the building until I pulled into the lot of the business across the street, once again turning around.  When I did find it, I took the last available spot in the parking lot.  That was a good sign!  By this time I was beginning to worry about my transmission, though, so neglected to get photos of the outside. The building was a nondescript, yellow-sided (IIRC) storefront, with a wooden ramp leading up to a little porch with an overhanging roof.

This a branch of the Canton library I had just visited.  It’s one long room with book shelves lining both walls.  A board game collection took up the top few shelves on a couple of the cases.  To one side of the desk, a table was occupied by the Thursday afternoon knitting club, the source of all the cars in the parking lot.  Apart from staff, no one else was there.  And the knitting club seemed to enjoy having the room to itself.

I peeked into the back and had to ask to make sure I wasn’t wandering into the break room.  But the room was for public use, including the tiny kitchen.

And that’s it.  That’s the whole of the cozy and well-loved Morley branch library.  And the whole of my North Country Library Tour.  After that I decided I’d better check my transmission fluid, then drove around for (probably) the same distance I would have traveled to get back home while trying to find a gas station, hoping I wasn’t completely destroying my car the whole time.  Then I did go home.  Then I spent the next whole day waiting for mechanics and spending donated money on board games and technology materials for E38.  Off the clock.  On my vacation.  ‘Cause that’s what I do for fun.

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

What a gigantic disappointment. I’d seen the trailer for this story “soon to be a major motion picture,” and expected a Kdrama in print. It did get there, complete with wrist-grabs, back-hugs, and surprise car accidents, in the last 100 pages of this 550 page tome. You just have to wade through 450 pages of excruciatingly detailed descriptions of every last material possession of each inconsequential character first. And if you didn’t think anyone could write a character more two-dimensionally than soap opera characters, this guy nails it. The disapproving MIL is pretty tame by Kdrama standards. The male lead is a bit of Gary Stu, would be relegated to second-lead in Kdramaland, and would definitely NOT get the girl. The subplot is much more compelling than the main storyline. And I don’t know how this guy was approved for two more books, let alone a major motion picture.

Zine handout for teens at the Y

Kinda looking forward to this. Here’s the zine handout I made for the teens I’ll be doing outreach with at the Y next week. I’ll bring some of the zines I picked up at ALA last year.  We’ll look through them and talk about them.  Then they can make their own on the theme of “summer side-quests” so that they can submit them to the collaboration Gluestick (had to work, didn’t get to go) is doing with Comic Carnival, if they want.  I’d love to build a collection in the branch.