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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

Library Lovin’ in Auburn, Alabama

The long-awaited “Library Love: Library Weddings and Engagements” month has finally arrived! We’ve spent the last few months seeking true stories of weddings/ engagements, and the corresponding photography of each, that has taken place in libraries around the world. We are proud to share these fantastic stories with you!
Thank you to those who sent in your beautiful stories of engagements/ weddings taking place at your local library. We found that, most of the time, those who had photos and stories to share were employees of the very libraries depicted in each story. Merry loves that librarians around the world are so dedicated to their jobs that they choose to spend some of the most important days of their lives in the buildings they love! How many other professions can claim such passion? 🙂

And so, here it is…week one of “Library Love: Library Weddings and Engagements.”


“Christopher and Melissa: Library Lovin’ in Auburn, Alabama”
Our story is that Chris and I met at a wedding 1.5 years ago that took place while I was in graduate school and Chris was working as a library associate in an Atlanta-area library system. We were then and still are both surrounded by books and passionate about reading and knowledge, and when we became engaged, we both agreed that a library would be a great place to take pictures! Our photographer just followed us around as we did our own goofy things, and the pictures that resulted are so wonderful. We are getting married next year.
 Book LoversQuiet LoveSmooching in the Stacks
Christopher and Melissa’s fabulous photographer is Claire Drummond. Check out Claire’s website here.
To see more photos from Christopher and Melissa’s engagement session, click here!

An Affair to Remember

This Story of the Week is officially one of our all-time favorites. When this one was submitted, Merry laughed out loud–and received a few glares from patrons. Stories like this one are the reason The Merry Librarian exists…and why she’s so merry! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as we did…

I sympathize with the librarian in “Lost in Translation” who was asked to translate Mayan hieroglyphics into Egyptian hieroglyphics and so forth. My previous organization produced a commemorative poster of Gerardus Mercator (1512 – 1594), the famous cartographer, and it included an old woodcut with a Latin inscription surrounding the image. A woman called up our public inquiries center and asked for a translation of the Latin. Her telephone call was referred to me in the library.

Since we had produced the poster, I went ahead and–after a great deal of difficulty, an old Latin dictionary and some schoolboy church Latin–I was able to call her back and say the inscription more or less said, “Here is the great Mercator, in his study, surrounded by all his instruments.”

The woman was obviously heart broken and began sobbing.

When I asked her why she was upset, she stated that she thought it was a coded message from Mercator to her, through all the centuries. She was so disappointed that it wasn’t a love note addressed specifically to her from the famous man. She knew he loved her.

Cue the theme from the old Twilight Zone TV series.

Well, I ruined her day. But she sure made mine!


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Attention! The Merry Librarian is looking for stories to feature in an upcoming theme-based series. If you have any true stories about weddings or wedding photography taking place in your library, send them in! Your story could be published on our site! Email us at!

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