My friend Karen and I did that very thing yesterday, exploring a couple of the Sno-Isle Libraries we had not yet visited. Our goal is to get to each of the twenty-one branches in the system, as well as the Service Center and the Bookmobile.
You can go online and find a far greater selection in the catalog than you can on the shelves of one little branch, but the world opens up to you in a profound way when you can see and touch the books for yourself. In the library you'll find whole sections of books written about things you'd never thought of before. Between the cheery, quiet Briar Library and the roomy Mountlake Terrace branch, I found a rather large stack of things to bring home with me. Here's a sampling:
|A new author (Henke) and a new book by a favorite author (Karon)
|Poetry to tickle my mind
|When the hold line is too long for the book I want to read I sometimes choose the audio or the
large print version. which don't seem to be in as much demand.
|Words Fail Me, to help writers write, Ex Libis, for the love of reading, andDinner Talk. It's about
conversation starters but I think they'd make good writing prompts too, I'd think!
|Digital photography book for my husband, who is always growing in his skills.
A few months ago Tom and I took a couple of days and toured all five of the Sno-Isle libraries on Whidbey Island. Each branch has its own unique personality, and each seemed a popular hangout for community members. But for all their individualism, every one of the libraries I've seen have certain things in common.
|Knowledgable, friendly staff...
|and space for folks to enjoy a good read...
|...no matter who they are.
Sno-Isle is big on public art and has a number of sculptures around, like this one at Clinton,
or this one at Mountlake Terrace.
One more thing. Librarians can through a fine party. I recently attended a baby shower with a roomful of librarians. They were comrades, those gals, and they had a great time together. They were good cooks, too, and provided a delicious spread.
|Just a sampling of the food at the librarians' party.
I'll bet you know what kinds of gifts they gave. Yep, books! Lots and lots of books! Without a doubt, that baby is going to be a reader.
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June 16, 2015, Thanks to Deborah of Sno-Isle Libraries, here's a great video of a father and daughter who visited all the libraries in one day. Phew!! (Thanks, Deborah!)