Friday, April 26, 2013


This is the front of the Gorham Public Library where Jean and her children go.  This building was originaly a church and was turned into the library.
This is the computer section
I order a lot of Amish and Mennonit novels from my local library-many of them are sent to my library from the Gorham Library so I had to go see what that library looks like.
How many libraries do you know that have a tree in it? 
This is where you check out your books-and this is not all there is.
The original Gorham Post Office.  I don't believe they use it today-they have another one.  I really didn't expect to find the original post office behind the library-but it's neat.  I asked the librarian if she knew Jean and her family -she said they sound familiar.  Jean said that Michael and Edward use it more than the rest of the family does-although they all use it from time to time.  Michael and Edward go there to get books and use the computers. It is a very small, but beautiful library.  I really enjoyed being there and appreciate their allowing me to take pictures. 


Countryside Reflections said...

What a great building and a perfect use for the church. I always thought that a cute little country church would make a wonderful home, but using it as a library would be a close second because I have a passion for books. My great room has a huge bookcase, full to the brim. Was the little Post Office empty? That's another cute building.

Thank you for this story and pictures.

Margie from New York said...

I like the little library. It reminds me of the old one room school house we have here in my town.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

what a wonderful library!

Vickie said...

Oh how interesting! I always wonder though, and it does make me sad that a church "went out of business".
Marilyn, you need to come over to my blog for a surprise. I guarantee you will love it! ;)

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Doreen,
The post office still has the counter and the mail slots in it, but there isn't any mail in it. When I was there it was closed, so I couldn't go in it-all I could do is peek in the windows. I tried to take pictures through the windows, but they didn't come out well at all.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Margie,
I thought it was an old school house until I saw the plaque on the side that explained it had been a church.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi jaz,
Glad you liked it. It is small,b ut they have lots of books in there.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,
They might not have closed the church, but built a new larger one our of town because this is a fast growing area-not just Mennonite and Amish. It's a big Englisher growing area, too.

Vickie has another member to her family. Go to her blog and great her new family member. Just precious.


New York State Of Mind said...

I spent a great part of yesterday listing all the places that I want to go to get pictures for New York State of Mind. Some of them are Mennonite businesses. Living on Social Security, gas is a big problem with me, so I am trying to get trips where I go to several local places that are in the same area in one trip. Also, there is an Amish man that comes to one of our local Famers Markets each year. When I go to garage sales, I get canning jars and give them to him for his wife. Every year he gives me vegetables, maple syrup, etc. for the jars. This year when he asks me what I want-I will tell him I would like permission to go to his farm and take pictures of it. His wife has a store on the farm and I would like pictures of that. So I plan on getting around and getting more pictures of the area. I would like to take Jean or Martha with me on some of my trips as I found having someone Mennonite with me, opens doors for me that going by myself don't. So just a little information on what I plan in the coming months.

annie said...

That is a wonderful reuse of the building, I love libraries & books! I am enjoying all the sharing you are doing on your blog. I would never get to see these places or read the true stories behind the families. I am thankful Jean is sharing also. Bless you all.

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you fo the compliments Annie. I will see that Jean's are passed to her. I love libraries, too and I read every chance I get.

I hope to get more places, now that winter is gone and I can get on the road again. I don't care to drive too far when that white stuff is on the ground.

Bless you and yours,