Tuesday, September 1, 2009

#27: San Ysidro Branch

Visiting Time: 2:45-3:15PM
Did I get lost on my way? Nope
Book Checked out: Historias de Miedo 1 (Alvin Schwartz)

Book Selection: 1 bookmarks
Seating: 2 bookmarks
Staff: 4 bookmarks
Architecture/Atmosphere: 4 bookmarks
Total: 11 bookmarks

After being out of town this past weekend, I am doubling up on libraries to make sure I visit all thirty-six in thirty-six days. After leaving Otay Mesa, I continued south a few more miles to the San Ysidro branch. As this semester's Spanish class looks like it will disappoint--and owing to the fact that I was right next to the Mexico border--I checked out a book of Spanish ghost stories. Si mi professora no quiere enseñar español, me puedo enseñar.

I talked with a librarian here named Mike, a substitute who fills in wherever there's a need. I've talked to quite a few of substitutes this past month, and they have all been a helluva a lot smarter than the teacher substitutes I used to have in school.

One of San Ysidro's permanent librarians (Lorena?) told me the branch opened in 1924 as a county library. It became a city library in 1957, and in 1984 was remodeled and expanded (see picture below). At some point in the future, it's supposed to get replaced with something even bigger.

(Side view. Until 1984, the library was just the left half of the building.)

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