There’s a really cool kinetic boat sculpture outside! Inside, it’s airy and open-feeling. There’s a Madeline L’Engle quote behind the front desk: "A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness."
Before I visited, I took a look at the SPL’s webpage about the branch. Here’s some things I learned:
- They have weekly storytime in Mandarin and Spanish as well as english
- The current building opened in 2004, and was refurbished in 2017
- Most interesting history note: "In 1968, fire destroyed a neighboring store, but heavy rain kept the library from burning." It’s magical!
- size: 10,400 sq ft
- I’m guessing the meeting rooms are high demand. They ask patrons to call at least a week in advance to reserve a study room, where on most branch pages it just says first come first serve.
While at the library, I looked through a few books. One of them is about Asian pickle recipes and have Ideas now. I don’t know if there are quite enough tables for people to sit at—pretty much all of them were in use, and I went on a weekday. But they do have power outlets embedded in them.
All in all, a solid frequently used library branch. I wish the signing from the main road was a little better. I walked there from the transit station and I wasn’t entirely sure the building I was walking towards was the library until I got there.