A Bibliophile’s Dream House {Read}


The most important room in my dream house is the library, with it’s floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall book lined shelves.  If I had my way, I would have kept every book I ever had, and kept building shelves to accommodate all my books.

But I don’t live in my dream house, and for all my life, wherever I have called home, the public (or college) library has been my favorite place.  The library is  A Bibliophile’s Dream House {Read}.

Children's room, Racine Public Library

Children’s room, Racine Public Library

One of the highlights of my 2013 Road Trip was visiting the new library in the town where I grew up.  The Kilton Public Library is on Main Street, diagonally across from the (tiny) old library, which I frequented as a kid.  The new library, built in 2010,  is state-of-the-art-green, with heat-censored lighting and awesome air conditioning (it was extremely hot and humid when I was there).

Let’s take a tour of the old and the new.  Some of these photos I’ve shared before (still searching for the post):

The rear entrance of the new library, where I entered from the parking lot.

The rear entrance of the new library, where I entered from the parking lot.

The front entrance of the new library opens onto Main Street.

The front entrance of the new library opens onto Main Street.

The old W. Lebanon library on Main Street.

The old W. Lebanon library on Main Street.

The old library was sold by the city of Lebanon to a developer who has put it back on the market, according to this September 2014 article in the Valley News.

The new library is across the street from the old one.

The new library is across the street from the old one.

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Windows from the old library encased in the wall between the adult and children’s sections of the new library.

Front of the old W. Lebanon library, with replacement windows for stained glass ones.

Front of the old W. Lebanon library, with replacement windows for stained glass ones.

Rear section of old W.Lebanon library.

Rear section of old W.Lebanon library.

Basement of old W.Lebanon library housed the police station.

Basement of old W.Lebanon library housed the police station.

View of the old W.Lebanon library from the new library across Main Street.  Those trees weren't there in the 1960's when I waited for the school bus on that corner :).  Neither was the tire store, but everything else is the same (the buildings, not their occupants).

View of new W.Lebanon library from across Main Street. Those trees weren’t there in the 1960’s when I waited for the school bus on that corner :). Neither was the tire store, but everything else is the same (the buildings, not their occupants).

View of the new W.Lebanon library from the side street, whose name escapes me :)

Side view of the new W.Lebanon library from Tracy Street.

And that is the pictorial story of my earliest bibliophile days.  Looking at these photos of the new and the old, brings back so many memories.  This side street is the one we walked down daily, sometimes several times.

I remember eating nickel ice cream bars walking up this street.  Chocolate eclairs were my favorite.  Bob’s Market, the Red Cross Pharmacy, the Post Office, Dairy Queen — oh, yes, and the library — were all within a block of this street.  My house was a block to the north of it.

Small town girl.  Bibliophile.  Lover of history and architecture (my father was an architectural  draftsman).  Good times.

Where did you get your love of reading?  What was your library like?  

Have you visited the places of your beginnings?  

What made you who you are today?

Thank you for journeying with me today, and letting me share a bit of history with you in A Bibliophile’s Dream House {Read}.

Racine children's room

Racine children’s room

Racine children's room

Racine children’s room