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Bangor Photo Tour #4: Reading with Stephen King

04/07/2013
The view downtown from the second floor "quiet study" area of the Bangor Public Library

The view downtown from the second floor “quiet study” area of the Bangor Public Library

The Bangor Public Library is one of the neatest places in downtown Bangor.

Jen and I walked to the library – a sunny, windy, 20-minute stroll – on Saturday. Jen did some school work and I tracked down information for a book I’m working on. I also snapped a few pictures.

The Bangor Public Library was built in 1912-13 following a 1911 fire that destroyed a good portion of the city business district. The library boasts plenty of historic charm with a copper top dome, grand staircase and lots of shiny marble floors. Yet it is clearly a modern information center with a busy computer room, a long list of programs  and a nice 1990s building improvement project funded, in-part, by suspense writer Stephen King.

You know: “Cujo,” “The Shining,” “Stand by Me.”

This is a view from the second floor “quiet study” area. It looks out over the front courtyard and towards the Bangor business district. It’s a warm and sunny place, perhaps too comfortable as a young patron was sleeping in a chair near me as I took this picture.

Today, the library roof is in bad need of repair and a massive $9 million fundraising project is underway. King and his wife Tabitha have  stepped forward again, pledging a $3 million matching grant to the project.

I feel like one of these days, I’ll run into King in the library. He’ll be reading in an older section of the building, behind a long row of book stacks, with the wind howling through a drafty window.

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2 Comments
  1. Awesome post, Mark. Where’s the snow? And that’s awesome about Stephen King.

  2. Emeraldgift@aol.com permalink

    Nice picture and no snow!!!!:)

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