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
- 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!