Rather then play catch up for the months I’ve been not writing, I decided to start blogging by writing about a place I visited earlier this week: the Salt Lake city library. I’ve been to the smaller branch by my house, but I’d never been to the main city library before.
The building itself is beautiful. The library is four levels with a big spiral staircase and glass elevators (Willy Wonka much?). The building has lots of glass panes and large windows to let light in. There is even a roof garden (although it was closed for weather so we couldn’t go check it out the day I visited).
When you walk in on the main level there are a few cute shops. This floor also has a browsing library where they put the most popular books. I resisted the urge to take anything home during this visit since I already have a considerable stack of books at home from my browsing through D.I. (Seriously this is the best place to pick up a cheap paperback. Everything is $0.50 or $1.00 and while the selection is not as good as a traditional book store you can find most popular paperbacks there after a while. Especially book club books or books that have movies based on them. Seriously almost every time I go I see copies of Devil wears Prada and the Nanny Diaries.)
Of course the library has a large selection of books. It was especially fun to explore the children’s section. It has two little reading areas for kids called the Crystal Cave and the Attic. I wish my cousins were closer to Utah so I could take them here. I also enjoyed browsing in the Canteena, which is the area for young adult literature. I took some amazing juvenile fiction writing classes a while back and even though the classes are over I’m still trying to get through the reading lists, so I’ll probably make good use of this section :)
There are lots of tables and chairs all around. Some even have fireplaces for you to read by. They also have copy centers and other good homework help (Yes, I still think like a student). Plus the library has put art up all around, which I love. I think some of it is done by students. One of my favorite things was a quirky paper mache monster sculpture in the kids section.
And to top it off the library is walking distance from Les Madeleines Cafe,a place full of delicious pastries, which I’ll be writing about soon. That’s all for now, but I’ll definitely be back here soon.
P.S. The library’s website is: http://www.slcpl.lib.ut.us.
Currently eating: Cheerios :)