Return of the Library Pilgrim: Mount Pleasant Library (1992)

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Eight years ago, I paid my first visit to Mount Pleasant branch, which is is tucked between a row of shops on the street that shares its name.

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It’s a small rectangular venue with cream-colored bricks on the outside. Very tall shelves — both free-standing and attached to the walls — claim the majority of the space. A wide aisle in the middle of the rectangle allows patrons to settle on chairs covered in mottled dark blue plastic to read the latest magazines and newspapers.

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The most unique feature of the Mount Pleasant branch is a wedge-shaped window seat in the children’s section that provides a carpeted perch for readers to observe the sidewalk scene.

On my first trip, a very large stuffed bear was demonstrating best practice window-sitting technique, having established himself in the secure corner where the southeast wall met the window. When I stopped in to take some pictures in 2015 for an upcoming exhibit, an elephant had replaced the bear.

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In 2016, an animated collective painting warmed the walls of the nook with its endearing collection of images.

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I especially liked the Arctic hare, the butterfly, and some abstract clouds.

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I  didn’t stay long in 2008 because of parking meter pressures, but when I returned in 2012 I had time to take a few pictures of the alley behind the library.

I left the rain-soaked alley in a state of quiet contentment, enjoying the sound of the water rushing to the drain as I recalled the snug storefront library I had experienced that afternoon. And just a few blocks north, a French bakery awaited!

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  1. Gorgeous pictures – you are a wonderful photographer and writer who captures the soul of a place. Very endearing!

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