Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Granford Library

by Meg Corey Chapin, from Sheila Connolly's Orchard Mysteries

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
I'm thrilled that my now-hometown values books and making them available to a wide range of people. (Don't be fooled by the empty parking spaces--this place gets a lot of use!) But equally important, libraries these days are so much more than a place to shelves books. They have become communities centers, with computer facilities available for all, space for meetings for a wide range of groups to gather, interesting speakers, and a variety of public events.
From Sheila: When I got my first library card, I was convinced that taking a book out meant that I could keep the book forever. My mother wasn't very happy when she found a pile of library books hidden under my bed!

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).


  1. Library-by-mail in Glen Burnie MD is wonderful about finding any book for which I ask. Once the librarian apologized for not being able to send me a book, as the only copy was in Germany and the library could not borrow it for me.

  2. Wolcott Public Library is struggling and could use some new books.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. I would love this for my local library. Princeton Public Library, in Princeton West Virginia. When I first moved here, the library was in a small brick building. That was about 10 years ago. In the last three years the library has transitioned to the old post office, with a revamp. I go to the library for books, but a neat story is they did a knit and crochet club. I joined the club, and now have some great friends with those ladies. The library has many older books. I always try recommending new books to get into the catalog. I seem to have a friendship with the librarians there. Most of them are volunteers. I know they don't have anything really with your name in the catalog, and if they do its in e-book format. It would be great to add to the collection at my library. Please consider it. Either way thanks, for the opportunity to spread the word of hometown libraries.

  4. My library is so good about allowing me to suggest books for purchase. I would love to add this to my library's collection. Thanks for the chance. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

  5. The Gladbrook Public Library in Gladbrook is just now adding cozy mysteries to the collection & would love to have any & all of your books. We are having a Silent Auction from May 17 to May 31 to raise money for new carpeting, turning the "junk" room into a craft area & a place to start a book club and adding more cozies to the collection. Thanks for considering us. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Ashtabula County District Library in Ashtabula, OH 44004 is my library of recommendation. ACDL is a small library with a limited budget as do most libraries today. Our county is considered a poverty county within the state of Ohio. It is made up of agriculture, dairy farms and very little manufacturing. Any donations to them would be very helpful.

  7. What a wonderful thing to do. I love your books and I know any library will be happy to get them. My library is the Nashville Thompson Lane Branch. I give all my books to them. I know a lot they sell to make money for the branch, but some they do keep. This is the library where I got my first library card when I was 4 years old. It was built the same year I was born. I love this place and it brought me so many wonderful years full of adventure and fun!