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At Pleasanton Lincoln Library, we are delighted when new visitors enter and we have the opportunity to show them around. If they are interested, we go into detail about how we incorporated all the lovely donations of furniture and décor. We tell them how we worked hard to save money gathering building supplies from a wide variety of sources that include Habitat for Humanity ReStores, flea markets, and homes in the process of demolition.

We’re most proud of the recycled wood projects created from Rob and Freddy Miller above our front doors and around the base of the circulation desk. The desk itself is a mash up of pieces from ReStores in Kansas City, as well as a former children’s library desk from the Arkansas City Public Library.

The comfy couches and many of the chairs came from ReStores, and many of the beautiful antiques were donations, or were purchased at the Barn Antiques. Every item in the library has a story, and it gives the space so much personality.

It’s been almost four years since we moved from 904 to 752 Main St. and we still can’t believe our good fortune to find such a large building to house all our books and events. As a matter of fact, we wonder how we ever fit everything into such a small space. Well, we didn’t. There are so many more books and movies in our current library and much more furniture. As our collections grow to match the needs and desires of our customers, we find our space is already limited. But we aren’t planning a giant expansion. We will just continue to utilize the space as best we can, culling materials that aren’t used, and carefully selecting replacements. Visitors love to peruse the sale rack for those items, whether they are library deletions, or donated books and movies.

We feel as though the library has gone from miniature (a one-room space adjoining the former City Hall) to maximum. One can really get a sense of this by visiting the beautifully remodeled National Toy & Miniature Museum in Kansas City. I visited the day before Thanksgiving and spend several hours peering into the tiny world of miniatures that even included little “rooms” of books and book shelves. What a delight of people of all ages, though I believe adults were more interested in how in the world items could be made so small, in such detail.

I spoke with one of the employees about the tools it must take, the patience that must be shown in building these tiny items. She told me many artists use dental equipment to create the pieces, and many of the silver pieces were created by jewelers. This collection must be seen to be believed.

We feel the same way about our library. It is not typical of a library space. Millions of dollars weren’t spent to make it larger, just a lot of planning, patience and perseverance. Please visit the miniatures in Kansas City, and then maximize the experience by visiting your community library. We’d love to show you around, and the tour doesn’t cost a dime.