What Happens at the Library?


Easter candy Dish class

Rangoli Sand Art

                                                       Alcohol Ink Washer Necklaces       
Deb Sherman winner of the basket for the winter reading program.

Joan Youngman and Judy Butler help Mary Mulari show her vintage aprons/ Mary is most frequent guest on PBS television's Sewing With Nancy, having appeared on over 50 programs. She has been writing creative sewing books, designing fabric and patterns, including reversible apron patterns, and presenting sewing seminars all over the U.S.

Deb Sherman- Winner of the Friends of the Library Membership Drawing
Mad Science

Pine cone flower magnets
Thanks to Les Parson for donating this adorable bear for the children's section

Metal Tooling 
Coffee Coaster Class 

Friends of the Library membership drive

While you're on Facebook, scroll down and you'll find a picture of teenage  library patrons hanging out in this space.

A variety of shelving units have been combined here to create a lively area with "inner" and "outer" spaces formed by unexpected angles.

Every corner of the library has something to see, including this quilt. Other quilts are shown --where else?--on Facebook.

None of the computers were being used when I was there, but they are ready to go. Take a look at the antique map on the wall in the right-hand background. Looks like a large poster, right? That's what I thought.

I was blown away to learn that this is actually a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. I think it must be close to four by five feet, and the jigsaw pieces are the normal size you'd expect in a 1000-piece puzzle. I learned that it was assembled in just a week by library patrons, somewhere off-site. (Where do you even find a flat surface that size?) The puzzle was then coated with glue...and donated to the library! How do you transport something of this size and fragility? That wasn't part of the story!

The walls in the children's area have a fresh, bright coat of paint.

I realize that a lot of things I usually mention are not covered here. Be assured, the library has shelves of fiction and non-fiction for all ages, media, everything that you'd expect to find. The treasures here are in the people. Before I left, everyone invited me to stay for the rock painting (and I was tempted). Lisa, the librarian, was very generous of her time. If you are ever in Babbitt, stop in at the library; it's one of the friendliest libraries around!

Oh, and if you are looking for a place to donate books, I learned that here they add to their collection any donations that are not already in the collection; the rest go to the Friends of the Library book sale. I know that at many libraries, donated books are rarely if ever considered for the library collection. I've been clearing out my bookshelves, and I was happy to leave a bunch of books here.