Wednesday, August 12, 2009

#8: University Heights Branch

Visiting Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Did I get lost on my way? No (Twice in a row!)
Book Checked Out: Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey (Alvin Ailey with Peter Bailey)

Book Selection: 2 bookmarks
Seating: 2 bookmarks
Staff: 4 bookmarks
Architecture/Atmosphere: 3 bookmarks
Total: 11 bookmarks

I have decided that, while on this thirty-six-day tour, I will no longer check out a book from an author I've already read. I also can't check anything out that's too "safe," as interpreted by me. Today I left the branch with Alvin Ailey's autobiography, Revelations. All I knew about Ailey was that he had a famous dance troupe. In the book, Ailey says that as a black child in the South, he didn't experience racism... Because he never saw any white people. Wow. They say books can take you to totally foreign places...

The librarian I spoke with, Jennifer, told me this branch opened in 1956. At the time, there was an ostrich farm (Bentley's) nearby. This was also a branch with a Bookmobile. The library's bottom floor was once for the Bookmobile, but is now used for a book sale on the third Sunday of every month. (The floor's not up to code, though, so browse at your own risk.).

(Simple, sturdy wooden shelves.)

(Mural on the outside. Look for the ostrich on left side.)

(Side view. The bookmobile used to pull up inside of those support poles.)

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