I was just in Traverse City visiting relatives and my mother-in-law told me I had to see the Traverse Area District Library.
It’s huge. And in an absolutely gorgeous location by a park (that includes an old train depot – always a hit with kids) and the windsurfer studded lake.
They have a library for the blind and physically handicapped and great display cases.
Of course, being near a shipping area they have to have a model of one.
There’s also a gift shop.
And a great atrium area with a grand piano where I imagine they have performances.
There’s a lovely old meeting room with the city directories and a grandfather clock, and loads of little study rooms. Travelers passing through can access the internet in their computer area (which is behind closed doors so the often noisy computer users won’t disturb the rest of the patrons). And of course they have lots of floor to ceiling windows there with more lake views and this cool mobile sculpture.
Their sight and sound library is one of the five best in the country (per a very enthusiastic and justifiably proud woman at its desk whose name I unfortunately didn’t catch) with shelves set up like a music store so you can easily flip through CDs, plus really helpful staff who’ll show you how to download books, music etc.
But the best part is the Children’s Garden.
Each kid’s group (Girl Scouts etc.) has a plot to grow veggies, and they can explore the scent and touch garden as well as the butterfly garden. I loved this Frog King there.
And was enchanted by this waterway.
They even have an outdoor pizza oven. Honestly these Michiganders seem to have thought of everything – what a perfect library!