Thursday, September 3, 2009

#29: La Jolla/Riford Branch

LA JOLLA/RIFORD BRANCH (You gotta have friends)
Visiting Time: 10:30-11:30AM
Did I get lost on my way? Nope

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

This is the type of library one could spend an afternoon at. Three levels, lots of cushioned seating (pictures better than mine can be found here), and plenty of space to spread out. The branch was built in 1989 and expanded in 1994. Parking in this park of La Jolla is tight, but a librarian named Deborah told me library staff has an alley they park at. It reminded me of when I worked nearby a couple years ago, and sometimes had to move my car several times a day, because all I could find was two-hour parking. Ah, barely-above-minimum-wage work.

I ambled through the basement stacks for quite some time before settling on a book about fishing. It took all of my might (and the public accountability of this blog) not to break my rule of only borrowing books by authors I've never read before and check out Bill Bryson's Africa Diary. Or The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed. But wait until next week, when my library excursions are over. I'll be coming for you, Bryson and McPhee.

(The only bummer about this library is that almost half of the adult books are in the basement.)

(Reading area on the third floor.)

(Covered reading porch on the ground level with fireplace and water fountain. This room was open-air before the expansion.)


Mom said...

Oooh, I love all the different seating areas. Until today, my favorite library was Carmel Valley because of its fireplace, but this one has a fireplace, a water fountain AND comfy chairs and ottomans! I'll definitely have to check it out sometime.

Michelle Panik said...

It is definitely worth the trip! Preferably on a scooter, which can be parked anywhere.