Sunday, August 23, 2009

#20: Point Loma Branch

POINT LOMA BRANCH (You gotta have friends)
Visiting Time: 1:30-2:30PM
Did I get lost on my way? No. :)
Book Checked Out: A Century of Car Design (Penny Sparke)

I go one day without a bookmark ranking and I hear about it from the masses, or the five people who read this blog. So the rankings are back.

Book Selection: 3 bookmarks
Seating: 3 bookmarks
Staff: 4 bookmarks
Architecture/Atmosphere: 4 bookmarks
Total: 14 bookmarks

This branch took a cue from McDonald's and their outdoor playground in designing the children's area. The stairs that lead down to the children's level are encompassed in a ship, complete with a captain's wheel, passageways and portholes. The children's level also has worktables shaped like wooden surfboards, and a periscope that leads up to the street level.

Another patron and I struck up a conversation around a poster depicting the Poets Laureate of California. He told me about Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and I told him about Quincy Troupe. And then we went our separate ways, off to different ends of the book aisles. It was like this perfect, momentary, encounter.

The gentleman to whom I will be giving English lessons this week loves cars. So I checked out A Century of Car Design in the hope that we can read some of the short sections together. I can teach him English, and he can teach me a little about Bugatti.

(Top of the staircase.)

(Ship's inside.)

(Ship's backside.)


Lakin Khan said...

pretty cool! Pix are great. Who wouldn't want to journey into a library and the world of books with that entrance.

So I launched my first review ( heh heh) are right, it is so fun! But I'm doubly impressed by your daily review and postings. Kudos for your stamina and perseverance.

Mark Panik said...

You're past the halfway point. Only 16 more to go. Are you parched? Do you need some water to dump on your head?

Michelle Panik said...

You gotta have stamina--and plenty of Gatorade--to do something like this.

Kathryn Law said...

Go Michelle! I love these so much, especially this one and OB--my "home" branches. Hope everything's going well with the English lessons, what a GREAT idea checking out that book!