76 West Street, Pittsboro North Carolina 27312 888-643-2017


Pittsboro Memorial Library  When you move to a new place, sooner or later you make your way to the public library.

A small brick building, the Pittsboro Memorial Library.  Its front room held the books and staff desk while a back room served as meeting space. It was the smallest library I had ever seen, a busy place, overcrowded.

The community college library, a half-mile away,  was also too small.

Forces merged to create ideas, donate land, find funding, and by some miracle in the middle of a recession, a beautiful new library opened 20 months ago. It’s one-half mile from the B&B, best entered from the traffic circle on 87.

The building is a work of art: soaring arc roof, sweep of windows, open interior.  Twenty-five thousand square feet, a cathedral of space and light.

Artwork was integrated into the design (next three photos by Kristan Schawgo).  John Amero created a colorful metal Patio Gate, all swirls and jewels.


  Siglinda Scarpa’s ceramic tiles decorate the two fireplaces.

 The circular wall of a children’s reading room is a 360-degree mural by Michael Brown: gliding children fly through the sky over castles and the sea.

There’s a bank of computers, of course. Plenty of reading nooks.  A spacious children’s area for weekly story time.  Community gathering spaces. At one end, a row of small rooms for studying, for small meetings.

I visit weekly to check out books to read, take my grandchildren to their events, browse the collections, sequester myself in a small room to write, always thankful to those who had the visions and made it happen, for this peaceful, creative, light-filled space.

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