Mountain Top Library Formerly Haines Falls Library Opens New Facility
The community formerly served by the Haines Falls Library has both a new library and a name. The library now has 446% more usable space after the adaptive reuse of the former Marian Center in Tannerville, NY. The library is now ADA compliant and provides ample community meeting space for the first time in the library's history.
The new library retains elements from its past, It includes a maghogany librarian’s desk that stands proudly ad a display area. The sign from the original Haines Falls Library denote the library’s local history collection.
The library is fortunate to own and display Ancient Mappe of Fairy-Land that is said to be given to the institution in 1915 by the New York Public Library Main Branch on 42nd Street. The map was very popular in its day with the noted Anne Caroll Moore [1871-1961], saying in her memoir, Roads to Childhood [G H Doran Company, NY, 1920]:
From England there has recently come as a gift from Ethel Sidgwick to the Children's Room of the New York Public Library, an "Ancient Mappe of Fairy- land," newly discovered and set forth by Bernard Sleigh. This unique map is in color, measuring five feet or more in length by about twenty inches. Children and grown people are completely fascinated by it. "Isn't it great?" exclaimed a boy of twelve. "There's Rockabye Baby square on the treetop, The Three Blind Mice, Humpty Dumpty sitting on that long wall, and down here are King Arthur's Knights, the Sea King's Palace, Dreamland Harbour, and the Argonauts. There's the Rainbow Bridge, Hansel and Gretel — everything and everybody you ever read about in Mother Goose, Fairy Tales, or Mythology." We are showing this map on a long table covered with glass. It might, of course, be shown on the wall, although not quite so effectively. A map of Fairy land should prove of great interest to schools as well as to libraries.
It is also a demonstration site for storm water management solutions that was funded through a grant from New York State. The library, located in the watershed, uses porous pavement in their parking lot, a rain garden in front and various other techniques to absorb more stormwater on site to avoid contributing to flooding the streams in the area. Check out this video of it in action!
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