After attending noon Mass at St. Joseph Old Cathedral downtown, I grabbed my library bag and began walking down the street.
Soon, I could see my destination: a massive building towered in front of me, and I became giddy as I realized that this was the Downtown library. I wanted to break into a run and leap towards it, arms outstretched, but since I had a 19 pound baby strapped to my chest and I was hauling a large diaper bag and a heavy library book bag, I realized that this would not be a prudent idea. So I walked excitedly, my flip flops beating the sidewalk to match my pounding heart.
|The entrance to the Children's Area.|
|One small part of the Children's Area|
Then, I slipped over to the cookbook section and one of the titles jumped out at me from the shelf: Cooking with Jane Austen,by Kirstin Olsen. WHAT?!?!?!?! I was already enjoying the Downtown library, but that book about Austen just confirmed how great it was. After snagging this book, I took the elevator (which was delightful and had very shiny walls) and hauled my heavy bag of books up the sidewalk and back to the car.
|The exciting elevator!|
After taking a deep breath from the walk (why did I check out so many books when I knew I'd have to carry them back to the car???), I drove south a few miles to the Capitol Hill library.
I had never heard about this library from other people, and had no idea what to expect. I pulled into the parking lot and my eyes looked over the library. It seemed very unassuming, and I was really curious to see what it was like inside. When I walked in, my first thought was: I feel like I'm in a wondrous warehouse of books. The ceiling was high and the room was very simple. While the area of the floor did not seem very large, and there weren't a tremendous amount of bookshelves, the library still felt big because the ceiling was so high, which I thought was really cool. There was a small Children's Area, and there were several computers for adults to use. There was a really nice-looking display (with twinkly lights!) about the history of South Oklahoma City, which I thought was a neat way to add character to a rather simple-looking interior. One of the prominent features I noticed was that a large fraction of the books the library had were in Spanish. So, if there is anyone who wants to improve his or her Spanish with literature, I highly recommend visiting the Capitol Hill library!
On a final note, I discovered-thanks to a helpful librarian at another library-that the building I visited is a temporary location, and used to be a gym. I was told that within a year, the new location should be finished, which is really cool! New libraries are awesome!
|There were some tables and chairs around the perimeter for|
study and work, which I thought was nice.
My Thoughts on These Experiences:
I enjoyed getting to see both of these libraries, and found them extremely different from each other-and from other libraries that I have visited! The Downtown location was, as I said, larger than any other library in the MLS. The Capitol Hill library was probably similar in size to other locations I have been to, but it felt completely different because I had the sensation of being in a warehouse! Out of these library visits, I think my favorite aspect was the Children's Area in the Downtown location-it was so large and attractive-looking, and brought back good memories from my childhood of visiting the Children's Area at the library I went to (in Salem, OR!).