I know Library Week was earlier this month, but I didn't want to let the month go by without celebrating the Granford, Massachusetts Library (in the town where I live) and the wonderful thing that happened not long ago.
As you may remember, Granford is a typical old New England town, founded in the eighteenth century, with a big town green in the center, and an old church and the modern historical society (housed in what was once the first town meetinghouse), and the library, one of the many funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
|The original Granford library|
It's a charming building, and it's held up well, but the town outgrew it. So a few years ago (before I moved here) the town decided to build a new one. The most wonderful thing is that a family that had lived in the town for generations donated the land for it, right on the main road that runs through town. That's how Granford was able to build a beautiful new library, much larger than the old one, filled with light and color--and of course, a lot of books. Not to mention the genealogy collections, which I plan to explore as soon as I can find some time away from my orchard business.
|The New Granford Library|
Now I want to give back, so I'll be giving away a selection of my mysteries to the library of your choice (and library can be a very flexible term, including hospitals, nursing homes, women's shelters and retirement communities). In a comment below nominate your favorite library and give a sentence or two about why they will make good use of the gift and I'll pick one winner (and find out which of my books they don't have).