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Location, Location, Location

When it comes to library love, location is everything…

This month’s theme has revealed just how many lovely libraries there are in the world; and how many people love them enough to make them a part of one of the most important days of their lives. Our last Library Love post highlights a few popular wedding/ engagement photo locations at libraries around the world. As an added bonus, we’ve included a link to one last library love story. The delightful story fits right in with our theme, describing how a couple of library employees tied the knot in one library and partied it up in another!

Thanks to all who participated in this month’s theme! Next month is our first Librarians of the World theme, featuring stories sent in exclusively from our Australian readers. Enjoy!

Picturesque Library Locations

Seattle, Washington

Bonnie and Matt generously contributed some of their lovely engagement photos that were taken in the Seattle Public Library in downtown Seattle. Upon doing a little research, we discovered that this unique library building is a favorite photo location for many couples! Enjoy Bonnie and Matt’s pictures, and be sure to check out the Seattle Public Library yourself if you’re in the area.

Smooching in the Stacks

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Red Room

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Sydney, Australia

The Customs House Library at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia, is another favorite for wedding photos. While we don’t have any pictures of a bride and groom to show off, the library alone is a beautiful sight.

Kansas City, Missouri

The “Community Bookshelf” facade of the Central Library in Kansas City, MO, is another unique and photogenic library location. Thank you to our readers who submitted this one–what a great idea, Central Library!

A Library Wedding Like No Other!

One of our readers graciously shared a link with us about his own wedding, which took place in one library before moving to another library in town for the reception. The couple even used the bookmobile as their transportation between the two locations! The story is detailed on the blog, Come Play With Me. Below is just a snippet of the story. Visit the Come Play With Me blog for the full article…including pictures! Thank you, and congratulations Adam and Priscilla!

“…Why a Library?

They started talking about getting married at the library soon after.

“For both of us, the wedding is a coming-out party into the community, and libraries are really community centers,” Novitt said.

“I love the idea that whenever we go back to the Forbes from now on, we’ll have the great memory of having all of our family and friends there,” Miner said…”

Stay tuned for Librarians of the World stories next month! We’re excited to share some zany stories from Australian librarians with you.

To submit your own stories, send us an email at submit@merrylibrarian.com or call us at 216.23M.ERRY!

Matrimony in Massachusetts

This week’s story is an engaging tale sent in from a librarian in Massachusetts. What could be more romantic to a librarian than a proposal made in the middle of a beloved library, surrounded by books and enthusiastic coworkers? Thank you to Marcie and Kevin for sharing your wonderful engagement story, and best wishes to a lifetime together! 

“Marcie and Kevin: Matrimony in Massachusetts”

I’m a reference librarian in a public library in Massachusetts. I started dating my boyfriend in early 2008, and we quickly realized we wanted to get married. We decided on a wedding date of August 8, 2009. As the day of August 8, 2008, arrived, I was a little excited to see if he would officially propose. We’re both sentimental and getting engaged a year to the day of our planned wedding would be special for both of us.

Aug. 8, 2008, was a Friday, and it was muggy and sticky. Kevin had emailed me to say he’d taken the day off because he wasn’t feeling well, so I knew he was home. All day I wondered if he’d surprise me at work, but as the day wore on I told myself not to be disappointed if he didn’t come. He would propose when he wanted and whenever it was, it would be special.

About half an hour before the library closed, I sensed someone approach my desk. I looked up to see Kevin, wearing the jersey of one of my favorite baseball teams and carrying two dozen red roses. I wasn’t really nervous since I was half-expecting him, but it still felt a bit unreal. He’d picked out a ring, which he took from his pocket, and asked if I’d marry him. I said yes (of course!), and we ran to show my coworkers my new jewelry. One of them had her camera so she took pictures of us in the reference section.

I had dinner plans, so Kevin went back to his house and I had to wait a few hours before I could call my friends and family. (He and I never did have an engagement celebration.) We spent a happy year together and then got married on the beach in New Hampshire in 2009.

Marcie and Kevin

Library Lovebirds

These library lovebirds won the Valentine’s Day posting because, out of all of our entries, they were the only couple we found that actually held their wedding ceremony in the library! We had to honor their unique decision by featuring them as the Story of the Week this week. Thank you for your story, Kassia and Andrew, and many congratulations!
Library Lovebirds: Kassia and Andrew
"I Do" at the Reference Desk
“I Do” at the Reference Desk
Library Lovebirds
Library Lovebirds

My name is Kassia and I am the Young Adult Librarian at the East Islip Public Library in New York.  Two years ago, my husband and I got married at our hometown library.

 I grew up in East Islip and have worked at the library for ten years.  I started as a student page while in high school.  I stayed home for college and found that it was difficult to meet nice guys while commuting to school and living and working in a small town.  My mother, in her infinite wisdom, always told me I would meet someone at the library. 

Lo and behold, in my sophomore year of college, I noticed a handsome patron who had been coming in to read. Andrew had just returned home from college and was catching up on some peaceful reading at the library.  We exchanged phone numbers and began dating.

 Andrew and I got engaged while I was completing my graduate studies in library science.  During this time, the library had undergone an addition and renovation.  Going to work each day I admired the library’s grand entryway and open main floor.  We were looking for a place to have our ceremony when it struck me; if we moved the tables on the main floor leading up to the reference desk, we could make an aisle with program chairs.  Andrew and I thought it would be wonderful to have our ceremony in the exact place that facilitated our meeting.     
 
We received board approval provided that our ceremony was held on a day that the library was closed.  We chose Sunday, September 2, 2007, the last closed Sunday before the library resumed Sunday hours.  With the help of our wedding party the night before the wedding, we moved the tables and chairs into the stacks and arranged the program chairs to face the reference desk.  Decoration was minimal as we wanted to highlight the beauty of the building.  That day, everything went smoothly, except for the phone that rang towards the end of the ceremony!
Reference Wedding Aisle
 
 
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