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Friday, November 6, 2015

Big Reads in a Small Town – The Minneola Schoolhouse Library

Earlier this week, I took some time to visit my neighborhood library, which is literally within walking distance from my home. The Minneola Schoolhouse Library is a wonderful landmark here in beautiful Lake County, Florida. Housed in a building that was built in the late 1800s, one cannot miss the timeless nostalgia of this old town monument. This historic property was originally a schoolhouse with two classrooms and a bell tower. Inside, you will find beautiful wood finished floors and original pictures of the schoolhouse from over 100 years ago.

In 1915, Lake County merged schools and eventually built a larger new elementary school in Clermont.  Minneola's original schoolhouse was then closed down and it was later converted into a private residence. The homeowners decided to make some additions to the building, including adding on an enclosed porch, a living space and kitchen. Some of these features were later removed to return the building back to its original appearance. 
 
 
Today, the public library offers a wonderful space where patrons can literally step back into the past and enjoy a piece of history alongside a good book. There is a full section solely devoted to children’s books, five fully equipped computer stations and free Wi-Fi available for the tech savvy visitors. I have spent many a mornings at the lovely Minneola Schoolhouse Library. If you are ever in the neighborhood, check out the Minneola Schoolhouse Library and their friendly staff.


The library has a Friends Group, Front Porch Book Club, frequent Family Story Times, and other wonderful seasonal events and happenings throughout the year. Also check out their lovely outside gated garden with additional shaded seating. Another favorite place of mine to enjoy a good book or work on writing mine!


 
 
 

4 comments:

  1. What a cute library! I looove historic places. I'd definitely check it out to study or read if I lived there :)

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  2. What a fun thing to do. I love libraries. This one has a lot of character.

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