Last week, a reader told me about a library created in an abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, that had received the 2012 Library Design Award from the International Interior Design Association. I shamelessly suppressed that information. As far as I am concerned, the last thing we need is for the board of the Hudson Area Library to get it into their heads that the library should move to the old Walmart building in Greenport.
Yesterday, another reader sent me the link to an article about ten other noteworthy libraries created in unused and abandoned structures, one of them a drill hall in Cape Town, South Africa. It's well known that I am opposed to moving the library from its historic building, but if it must go to the drill hall at the armory, let's make it look like this.