One of our condo complex's long time owners recently needed to move in with her family. She had an upstairs condo and a dog which just didn't work out well for her joints and bones after twelve years.
She started and managed our little lending library. With her blessing, I am stepping into her Marian the Librarian shoes. Our Clubhouse was formerly a preschool and after school care site. We have two major rooms that may be reserved and used at no charge. The smaller of the two, The Fireside Room, has a smaller attached room which is used for the library.
Lots of folks turn in a light summer read and borrow another. When we moved in, we decided we didn't have room for some of our books so Mr. Ralph chose to donate. Upon his passing and when I moved back, I donated even more. Nonfiction and mostly history. I am fiction and love mystery! Something for everyone.
Along the way, grandparents donated books they shared during the summer with their littles. A poker set was contributed, along with dominoes, a couple of board games and a few jigsaw puzzles.
There is always a puzzle going. Lots of folks stop by and put in 3-4 pieces. Sunday I brought in a new puzzle. On Monday afternoon it was complete! My next venture is the Dollar Store and thrift shops.
My plan is to put all of the shelving along the back wall (where the lamp is) which will open up the puzzle area. Then I will group the two 2-chair seating areas so that they face each other. I'm considering donating ALL of our books to our Library Boutique and let us start from scratch. Some people have said they do not use the library because the books have been the same ones for 100 years.
Maybe in September I will host a Bring A Book gathering to show off the new furniture arrangement! And get people excited about this great little area again!