Libraries Round the World: Welcome to the Conch Republic

Yes, there is a rebel faction in the Florida Sunshine State. In 1982, the city of Key West, at the southern tip of Florida, seceded from the Union. They created a micro-nation, The Conch Republic. The disagreement with the USA was over US Border Patrol roadblocks and checkpoints. This slowed everyone down, including important people … More Libraries Round the World: Welcome to the Conch Republic

Libraries Round the World: In a Former British Gaol

A recycled 18th-century former jail (a ‘gaol’ in British English) transitioned into the first public library in the Bahamas in 1873. This library, now a museum too, is still going strong in the city of Nassau on New Providence Island. Using a former jail somehow fits! Afterall, this area of the Bahamas was the site … More Libraries Round the World: In a Former British Gaol

Libraries Round the World: On a Mid-Atlantic Island

While on a short visit in the Azores island archipelago last month, I spotted several libraries. The Azores (Açores in Portuguese) consists of a group of nine volcanic islands surrounded by the vast blue, azure Atlantic Ocean. The Azores is part of Portugal.  The Public Library and Archives of Ponta Delgada (the capital of the … More Libraries Round the World: On a Mid-Atlantic Island