Tuesday, August 11, 2009

#7: Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch

Visiting Time: 2:00-3:00PM
Did I get lost on my way? No
Book Checked Out: My Antonia (Willa Cather)

Book Selection: 2 bookmarks
Seating: 2 bookmarks
Staff: 4 bookmarks
Architecture/Atmosphere: 2 bookmarks
Total: 10 bookmarks

To me, San Diego is the 5/56 interchange, La Jolla Shores, the Cove, UTC, and PB and Mission Bay. These are my daily haunts. This library marathon is reminding me that San Diego is much bigger than my bubble.

The two library clerks I spoke with in Allied Gardens told me that this is a close-knit community filled with extremes: older citizens and young families. One clerk, Cheryl, said the library branch was built with funds from a local man. Edwin Arthur Benjamin. A Google search didn't return anything about this man (other than the fact that this branch was one slated to be closed during last year's budget woes). It is pretty cool to think that this man wasn't famous, but merely wanted to make sure people in Allied Gardens had a library. How perfectly simple.

Feeling in need of the comfort of a tried-and-true book, a classic, I checked out My Antonia. While the library is a bit bigger than yesterday's, the chairs and tables are all clustered in the middle, with bookshelves surrounding it. Sitting there reading, I sort of felt on display, a nerd in a zoo. But I got over it when I got completely engrossed in Cather's childhood..

(Like yesterday, one shot pretty much sums up the tiny branch.)

(In the classics section?)

(Plaque outside honoring the branch's benefactor.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I take exception to the statement that one picture sums up this branch. Was Michelle in the Meeting Room, used for programs and as an art gallery? How about the Flamingo Terrace located outside the circulation desk? Ask about its history. Plus the outside shot of the branch is from one of the worst angles. Why not shoot from across Zion Ave.? To close, however, thank you for your effort to highlight our many wonderful neighborhood libraries.