Hello fellow children’s librarians,
This past October, I was lucky to be able to attend the NELA Annual Conference in beautiful Portland, ME. One of the best parts of the conference was getting to see Portland’s gorgeous library and their amazing Maurice Sendak exhibit, as well as the city’s bookmobile service! Here are some photos to share for those who weren’t able to see.
Here’s a small sampling of some of the artwork on display, which included not only work from his children’s illustrations, but his theatrical designs, and even drawings from a high school Shakespeare project.
They had a huge selection, mostly of popular books and movies. I spoke to the staff, who were very enthusiastic to talk up the service. They reported that they serve a wide variety of ages, including school kids, families, and the elderly. While they keep most popular stuff shelved, they also take their “regulars” into account and stock up on their favorites too. They pack a lot of materials into one van! The service desk, as you can see, is right behind the driver and passenger seats, for easy “swivel” access! It was a highlight of the trip.
Thanks for reading!
– Liz, Merrimack Public Library