Entering the Gerald and Henry Fowler-Bombardier Children’s Library and standing at the starboard side of the Rose Dorothea, we see a portrait of Francis “Flyer” Santos by Sal Del Deo. Captain Santos and others tell the story of the giant model’s construction which took place from 1977 to 1988 in the film Abraço o Barco, viewable at the kiosk on the first floor. To the left of Del Deo’s painting is the Young Adult area featuring fiction and non-fiction materials for tweens and teens, four public computers for patrons under the age of 19, and a Reference Desk.
Two comfortable chairs and three artworks inspired by Alice in Wonderland delineate the Parenting Area, where resources ranging from books about child development to educational videos to foreign language instruction courses can be found.
Rounding the stern of the Rose Dorothea to the Brian, Shea and Jona Bowen-Smith Arts and Crafts Center, children and their caregivers find an inviting area for structured and unstructured activities. Walking toward the bow of the ship, one notices nautical design touches inspired by the Rose Dorothea, including port-hole windows and wave-shaped bookshelves.
A cozy Reading Corner commemorates Alice O’Grady Joseph, who directed the Provincetown Public Library from 1965-1982. When the card catalog became obsolete, the nostalgic cabinet was reused to file a large collection of recipes. Above it is a painting by Henry Hensche, titled Margaret Mayo, Expecting Motherhood. Two upholstered chairs invite patrons to read, relax and remember how the Library was in Mrs. Joseph’s day.
The front spar of the Rose Dorothea extends cleverly into the glass-doored Bowsprit Room (which once served as the choir loft). Two patron worktables are provided, one donated by the Nautilus Club and the other “In Honor of Nelson Hitchcock’s 50th Birthday.”
Ascending the public stairway to the third floor on the Johnson Street side, we note the portrait of former library Trustee J. Arthur Lopes, painted by Henry Hensche, and William L'Engle's painting, Marya.