In honor of the American Library Association's National Library Week 2011 it seemed appropriate to take a look at how communities have created space for libraries. While the word "library" harks back to the root word for book, that is by no means the sum total of what libraries bring to their communities.
We who love to read, love information and learning, love to gather together for knitting circles, preschool playgroups, and a host of other community events know that libraries are the heart, the center, of such activities.
I selected exterior photos for this presentation, since the variety of design reflects the wonderful variety of the communities themselves. Some libraries are part of their school systems, some are owned by their township. Some libraries are purpose-built, while others are creatively re-purposed buildings -- former residences, former grocery stores. Each photo offers a link to more information about each library.