Category : Wandering in Warner - Anastasia G
I spend a lot of time in both our local bookstore and our local library. Having just been elected a trustee of the Pillsbury Free Library, I’ll be spending even more time there, more than I had initially anticipated as I took on the position of Assistant Treasurer. From summer programs for my children to our local book group to special events, there’s a lot for local residents to choose from at both our local bookstore, MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, and our library. Not only is the bookstore right next door to the Pillsbury Free Library, these two places are also connected in some very special ways. The bookstore is actually the Pillsbury family homestead. Just wander down to the bathroom in the Gallery and you will see the original Pillsbury three-holer. This is the actual top to the family bathroom, found in the attached 1700’s outhouse that was located on the site of the new bathroom, and then mounted to the wall as a reminder of days gone by. Before the Pillsbury’s of flour and doughboy fame moved to Minnesota, Mr. George Pillsbury and his family lived in Warner in our bookstore and eventually made plans to gift a library to the town they resided in for twelve years. The beautiful brick and granite library opened for business in 1892. The architect for the library designed it in the Richardsonian Romanesque style which I find absolutely stunning.
In addition, the library and bookstore are connected by a beautiful brick pathway that denotes donations to MainStreet Warner, Inc. for the purpose of building the Jim Mitchell Community park and amphitheatre. Both library and bookstore events use this lovely outdoor space.
Our book group called BookEnds BookGroup took a break for a little while but we’re back in action on Sunday, May 1st as we discuss Katarina Bivald’s ‘The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’. Join us at 4 pm at Warner’s bookstore for a discussion of how bookstores change the lives of their communities. You can ask your local library if they have the book or you can purchase it at BookEnds. Book club members always get 20% off.
As I trudge back and forth, back and forth between bookstore and library, I get a happy feeling inside. Soon, the lilacs will be blooming and it will smell like summer. Mr. Pillsbury wanted the people of Warner to have a library where they could borrow books. Little did he know that they could also attend musical events and plays in the community amphitheatre and shop in the best bookstore on the planet where he once lived, right next door. The partnership which exists between these two entities is very special indeed making it very convenient to enjoy some of my favorite things! I hope you enjoy these special places as much as I do.