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: 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

Libraries Round the World: A Victorian Summer on Block Island

Block Island’s public library dates all the way back to 1875. Impressive, considering that the island covers less than 10-square miles with a population hovering around a thousand today. But this number swells with tourists in the summer, and most arrive on ferries. They disembark right into the Old Harbor Historic District filled with 42 … More Libraries Round the World: A Victorian Summer on Block Island