the mackinac library

My husband and I headed up to Michigan for a few days of vacation this week.  We wandered our way through Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Petoskey before winding up in St. Ignace, a little town on the Upper Peninsula just a ferry ride away from Mackinac Island.  While we were in visiting these lakeside towns, we did plenty of browsing in local shops, a pretty good proportion of which were bookstores.  But the most noteworthy (as far as books go) place we visited was on Mackinac Island itself.

If you’ve never been to the island, it’s a fun place to visit.  No cars are allowed on the island, so locals and tourists alike depend on bikes and horses to get around.  There’s a beautiful 8-mile-long path that goes all the way around Mackinac, through the touristy downtown, past the gorgeous homes and hotels, and along the state park shoreline on the northern end of the island.  

As we biked through the downtown, I noticed the little public library standing on one end of the main drag.  It looked just like a typical small-town library, small and white with the hours on a sign in front, so we almost passed it by.  But in the end, the book geek in me won out and we stopped to check it out — and I’m so glad we did.  As you walk into the building, you’re hit with a vibrant turquoise coming from all throughout the building, accented by beautiful white molding and woodwork.  And as you walk toward the back you notice these amazing french doors opening onto a large deck with wooden rocking chairs — overlooking Lake Huron.  As we stepped out onto the deck, I said to my husband, “Our library doesn’t look like this.”

So if you ever get a chance to visit Mackinac, be sure to stop by the library.  It’s definitely worth a visit.  And it’s made me curious — what other libraries are out there that are worth a look, just for their sheer beauty?  If you know of any, please share!

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~ by Molly on August 2, 2009.

One Response to “the mackinac library”

  1. Molly – I think the Mackinac Island Library is one of the island’s ‘hidden jewels’ even though it sits on Main Street. You’d never know what treasures await behind it’s modest facade.

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