FARMINGTON — Reid Byers, president of the Shiretown Bookers, will speak on “Booking at Brideshead: the Design of the English Country House Library,” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, in the North Dining Hall at University of Maine at Farmington, 111 South St.

The English country house library has been the model private library for hundreds of years. When asked to describe an ideal reading room, most Americans will describe something recognizable such as the bookroom of a traditional English country house. An odd set of historic forces shaped the strange architectural development of these rooms, but they still inspire library design all over the world.

Byers has been a U.S. Navy journalist, a Presbyterian minister, a C programmer, and a Master IT Architect for IBM. He is currently completing a history of the architecture of the private library.

This talk will be the second of the 2016-17 series hosted by the Shiretown Bookers (the community friends of Mantor Library).

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