Saturday, August 15, 2009

#11: Skyline Hills Branch

Visiting Time: 12:00-1:45PM
Did I get lost on my way? No (But I did get lost going home. Go figure.)
Book Checked Out: Children of a Lesser God (Mark Medoff)

Book Selection: 1 bookmarks
Seating: 1 bookmarks
Staff: 4 bookmarks
Architecture/Atmosphere: 2 bookmarks
Total: 8 bookmarks

My journey to the Skyline Hills branch took me on the 125 freeway for the first time. I am truly living now.

This 4,000-square-foot branch opened July 16, 1969. Its building has a covered drive-through lane (imagine the tree isn't in the above photo) that leads into the parking lot, so I thought perhaps it was a converted In-N-Out Burger. But a clerk told me the building was constructed to be the library. I sort of wish she would've lied and played along; it would've made a better story.

When I told the clerk what I was doing, she asked if I were also visiting the county libraries. In this instant, any "coolness" that I thought I'd gained in undertaking this project was lost. It's like when you're hiking a mountain and you think you're near the peak, only to summit what is a false peak and realize you have miles more (or thirty-three county libraries) to go. All I could tell the clerk was that I'd make my way through the city libraries first, and then consider tackling the county ones. I suppose you always have to have a goal.

I checked out the play Children of a Lesser God. For me, there is something alluring about getting up to speed on the pop culture that was before my time (or before I could read). You hear about things a few years after the fact, you want to be in the know. Plus, if something's still being talked about, it can't be because it's mediocre.

Pictures:
(The view from above.)


(Christian apologist nonfiction incorrectly filed between reference books on Shakespeare and Tom Stoppard.)


video
(Free books, cheap gas.)

4 comments:

lpanik said...

Question?
What is your criteria in the book you select from each library?

Mom said...

I've been to a library with a drive-through lane so you can return your books via a book drop chute. It's convenient when the library's closed, but then I'd have to make another trip to check out another armload of books.

Maybe you'll be motivated to do a County Library Tour with your new car; it could be a large mini-tour :-) After all, this is the Green Dragon's Farewell Tour...

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