This blog is focused on Maine history & culture rather than other popular topics, such as tourism. In selecting locations, I try to choose places that have local significance or that illustrate the “207” way of life. As I traveled to coastal Camden, I thought about the town from the perspective of those who live in it more so than that of the ones who arrive for a vacation. On its busiest street sits a community jewel: the Camden Public Library.
One of the first aspects of the library that caught my attention was the view. You’d better select a captivating title if using the reading room because Camden Harbor, just outside the window, is quite distracting in its beauty.
The Camden Public Library is a treasure. And it’s not just Mainers making this claim. During my visit, the executive director, Nikki Maounis, graciously met with me to share some of the site’s history. She explained that the library & grounds, including an amphitheatre, were designated a National Historic Landmark in 2013. Less than fifty places in Maine have been given this distinction so it’s a great honor. The entire building, both inside & out, is fascinating. Seriously — when the children’s department features a rotunda, you know you’ve found something special!
In my opinion, there is nothing quite like walking away from your local library with an armload of books to be stacked at your bedside table. Working through this priceless pile is part of my evening routine — and maybe yours, too. My entire reading life, I’ve been been a lover of libraries & books. And, yet, the library has become so much more than a place to store & borrow written volumes… (the rest of this post can be found on the blog; link in the bio; select visit 13)
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