We believe that Ocracoke had, for a number of years, the country's smallest library. It was an 8' x 10' wood frame building behind the Fire House. It contained about 3,000 books and was operated for twenty years by librarian Marguerite Boos. It closed in 1996 and was moved to the property of Karen Lovejoy & David Frum to be used as a home schoolhouse. In the same year the new Ocracoke School and Community Library was opened next door to the Fire House.
At your next opportunity be sure to stop by the library and peruse the book selection. They also have a fascinating local history section of old newspapers, scrapbooks, and photographs with rare glimpses into island life of bygone years. Of course, the library has Internet access also.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter chronicles the story of commercial fishing on Ocracoke, and tells of the efforts of the Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association to save the island's last remaining fish house. Click here to read the entire newsletter....and learn how to make a donation.