Since this weekend was a bust, I decided to show you our library, my office away from home.
I mean, I could talk about how FringeMan came down with the stomach bug, but that’s not a good Monday morning topic. Let’s just say I declared the second floor of our house a contamination zone and I slept on the couch. The kids and I stayed as far away from home as possible, so of course that meant at least one trip to the library.
This room is my office away from home. I plant myself here every time I come to the library. Usually the entire table is covered with my junk, a few books, and a random magazine or two. I use the power strip on the floor to plug in my laptop and I go to town.
They have a coffee machine too. What more do you need?
Books – Coffee – WiFi
These bookcases are in my office. They help me feel smart.
Our library is part old house and part 70’s mod addition. If you walk from room to room too quickly, you end up in a time warp.
I’ll just show you the old part today.
Isn’t this a pretty little nook? It’s the perfect place for a game of chess or lunch with a friend. At Christmas, they had a beautiful big Christmas tree right in front of those windows.
The ceilings and moldings are the true masterpieces. They just don’t build modern houses with such artistic details.
As the story goes, and I hope I remember all the facts, our library had a great big fire that made their building unusable. A family in town donated this house to be used as the new library. Some time after, the more modern addition was built.
The library is right in the center of town and we often walk to it.
You would think I wouldn’t have any late fees, but I do.
I’m wanted in libraries nationwide. I’ll leave it at that.
This lamp looks like Jadite, but I’m not sure. Maybe I should convince them to let me bring it to the antiques roadshow or something.
The library also has random collections of old things, like these ugly ceramic dogs. They change the collections out from time to time so the patrons can enjoy them.
And no library tour would be complete without a naked man on the mantel.
Yes, this is in my office.
So that completes my library tour, at least the really old portion of it. Despite the antiques, the card catalog is computerized and the librarians are absolute dolls. They teach us the history of the town and area, get us whatever books we want, and they know us by name.
They also send me an email when books are late and then call when they are really, really late. Thankfully they forgive me. Sometimes I just need an extra week with my books.
I love my library.
What about you? Do you visit your library very often?
I’m joining Lisa Leonard in saying hello to Monday. She’d love for you stop by and hello too.