Ms. Hill was visiting Fair Haven this past week to research a prequel to her novel 'Eliza of Fair Haven'. Ms. Hill’s first stop, after checking in to The Marble Mansion Bed and Breakfast, was to the busy little library which faces the town’s historic park-in-the-
“I have that book!” the library director exclaimed. Ms. Scott went on to explain that she had added the novel to her stacks upon reading the favorable reviews and realizing the amount of Fair Haven historical data the novel included. 'Jenkins:
The independent author made 'Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner' available through Ingram, which distributes to libraries nationwide. The Civil War saga is also available through the St. Petersburg, Florida library system.
Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner is one of an abundant collection of 16,240 volumes in the Fair Haven library which is listed on web-cat-lib. Fair Haven Free Library circulates over 12,000 copies of it’s collection each year. The library is open four hours a day, except Sunday. Ms. Hill noted that the library staff seemed to enjoy eachother's camaraderie, and the brisk business during her Thursday afternoon visit.
Upon their arrival all patrons are greeted cheerily and asked how their reading, or research, can be assisted. From that point patrons are directed to services, or books, or well-organized reading areas within the tidy library.
“I was so impressed with the significant amount of information on a wide range of topics contained in the large nook that houses the History of Vermont collection”, noted Emily Hill. "The flow of the compact library is well thought out. The historical collection was rivaled only by the generous array of children’s book that are shelved in an L-shape across from the check-out desk. I’m sure that locating the children’s books across from the main circulation desk helps younger patrons by giving them easy access to the library help desk." The colorful children’s book section is offset by a charming frog prince. “It was well over six feet high, not including its crown!” notes the author who overcame the urge to kiss the frog prince during her visit.
“In these difficult economic times libraries have become the primary source of books for many Americans,” notes an appreciative Ms. Hill. “But the services of most libraries nowadays don’t stop at book lending.” Hill goes on to observe that the Fair Haven Free Library also provides free WiFi. The library is located at 107 Main Street. To accommodate the harsh Vermont winters, the original stepped-entrance of the library has been closed and the structure has been modified to allow a side entrance at street level with parking at the door for those needing further accommodation.
If you love books and happen to have the pleasure of adding Fair Haven, Vermont to your travel itinerary, I recommend you take the time to visit the historic Fair Haven Free Library, managed by the very capable Carol Scott. I’m sure it will be a joy-filled occasion that you will long remember,” concludes Emily Hill.
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A.V. Harrison Publishing features ground-breaking topics from emerging authors. Its books are distributed by Ingram, available on Amazon.com and B&N Nook. Owner, Emily Hill, invites submissions and can be contacted at info@avharrison-