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Clever Clive

Back again in the big skies of the American West, I came upon Clive Public Library (CPL) nestled in the lush rolling hills of central Iowa. Just half a mile from our hotel in a suburb of DesMoines, it shares a complex with … Continue reading

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Dynamic DuBois

Driving home from New England in November we stayed in a pleasant hamlet, bigger than expected considering it’s in the “Pennsylvania Wilds.” The lower doors to DuBois Public Library (DPL), a two story structure in the middle of downtown, lead into the meeting … Continue reading

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Comely Cornwall

Continuing our tour of the splendors of rural New England, my mother and I headed down to the northwest corner of Connecticut, where for eleven years, starting in 1939 at age nine, she’d been a St. Luke’s camper then counselor, never missing … Continue reading

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Arresting Arlington

In the early 1950’s my grandmother bought a property in Sandgate, so as a child I spent many happy hours swimming in the Batten Kill River in neighboring Arlington, VT.  Fifteen years after selling the cottage my mother and I went back for a nostalgic tour … Continue reading

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Neighborly Newport

Downtown, across from an old stone church, Rhode Island’s Newport Public Library (NPL) is a long low two story modern brick building set in a large park.  White projections cap the clerestory and complement the pale stucco entrance, as do the flanking … Continue reading

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Beguiling Beijing

The magical land of China, full of friendly, obliging citizens, is endowed with a fantastic civic benefit in Beijing’s Capital Library (CL) in the Chaoyang District. Like so much of the ultramodern city’s architecture, it’s enormous and impressive. Close to … Continue reading

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Oh Me Oh Mi(lan), OH…

Using the proper pronunciation of this Ohio town’s name, rather than the Italian one, these lyrics from Look At Miss Ohio make sense as regards Milan Public Library 😉 The red tile roof on this handsome brick Carnegie facility sets off the pretty rickrack trim on its … Continue reading

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