Building Two Libraries!

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These are exciting days at Inly. We are building two new libraries!  One will be regular sized and the other will be more fit for the Borrowers, but both are equally wonderful.

The central construction project is for a new library and innovation center that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.  The maker space will inspire kids to imagine – and then give them the space and tools to make cool things or find creative ways to share their school work. The library and maker space will work together because we’re in the same business – encouraging kids to try things out.  Reading is all about trying new things with the added bonus of meeting inspiring characters, both real and imagined.

Admittedly, one of the things I’m most excited about is working in a round building. When I worked at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, I had the privilege of spending my days in a nine-story triangular building which looked out over Boston Harbor and the city skyline. It made my heart soar every day.

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When the new Inly Library opens, I’ll be in a classic New England shaped round barn – surrounded by books and kids who want to read. Perfect happiness.

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This is what it looks like right now. A bit of imagination is required!

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Our younger students are enjoying learning about the building process….

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The other library being built right now is much smaller, but it’s being built by our middle school students with the support of a talented parent. When it opens, Inly’s Little Free Library will work on the “take a book, leave a book” model.

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New libraries are good news, but I’m mixed about a new bookstore that just opened in Seattle – Amazon’s first brick and mortar store.  You’ve probably heard about it. All of the books face outward and the prices are the same as those on the Amazon website.

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If I could go to Seattle this afternoon, I would check out the Amazon store, but save my money for Elliott Bay Book Company, one of the best independent bookstores in the country.

Two pictures to brighten your day…..

A student reading three books simultaneously and using her fingers to mark her place. Emergency bookmarks were administered immediately!

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During these bonus days of warm temperatures and beautiful color, a burst of red!

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