How could I manage to survive a whole fortnight without my library????????
After a brief moment of panic as I contemplated this tragedy, I realized that this situation presented me with a golden opportunity: I could go on a literary expedition and explore the various branches of Oklahoma City's Metropolitan Library System. When we first moved here and were apartment hunting, we visited a few different libraries, but after a while, I settled comfortably in one particular branch. While it's been a great location, I was excited to begin this adventure so that I could see the diversity in Oklahoma City's libraries. Since I had commitments in different parts of town on Wednesday, I decided to begin my literary journey then.
Excitedly, I stepped across the small parking lot towards Wright Library, the smallest location in the MLS.
This library is in a rougher part of town, so I had been expecting it to be a little bit rundown. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice it was both outside and inside! Isn't it just so darling??????? When I walked through the doorway, I saw that the entire library consisted of one small room. But my oh my, what a room!
|An absolutely charming little area for children!|
My eyes took in a large circulation desk, a small table where a law enforcement officer sat, a corner with children's materials, an area with desks and computers, and shelves of books tastefully situated throughout the room. The librarian at the desk was extremely friendly and talked with me about the library and the regular events that occur there. I was particularly interested when he mentioned the "Read to dogs" event that happens monthly, and decided that when my son is older, we definitely need to attend that event at least once (seriously, can you imagine? Adorable dogs!!!! And books!!!!!!!). After looking around and perusing a few different books, I selected one, chatted with the other extremely friendly librarian, and then headed home.
That evening, I slowly drove up to the large, well-lit structure of Northwest Library, the second-largest location in the MLS.
The light shining forth from the library made it stand out in the dark evening. From the outside, it looked huge (especially contrasted to Wright Library!). When I walked in, my eyes widened as I took in the massive room. I hauled my heavy library bag and walked up to the desk, looking for a sign marked "Returns," but I could not see one. When I asked the librarian where to return my books, he pointed to a slot in a wall. When I stepped over there, I was amazed to see that this was no any ordinary slot for book returns. Oh no. There was a green light that would shine to show that it was ready for me to insert a book. When I slipped my book in the slot, the light turned red, and I watched my book travel down a conveyor belt in a back room. I'm not at an old-school library anymore, I thought.
|There's even a little screen so you can watch the live video|
of your books going down the conveyor belt! It all just seemed
so technologically advanced.