Some people shop. Others head to the gym to tone up those muscles or lose those pesky pounds. Some gather friends for a good chinwag. But when the clock strikes 12:00 p.m. I head to the library. I grab whatever novel I’m reading, a pen and my notebook and leave the world behind in search of solitude. The library has become my sanctuary. A place I can escape the demands work places upon me. It’s here I spend my lunch hour, every day.
|Winnipeg’s Millennium Library|
I work about 10 minutes away from the largest library in my city. The Millennium Library boasts four floors of books, resources, computers, meeting rooms, study areas and comfy chairs. The entire south side of the building is constructed of glass and allows the beautiful sun to shine in. (We get a lot of sun in Winnipeg.) It’s a book lover’s paradise. A writer’s dream too!
I always head to the third floor where the Local History Room is kept. The books inside this space hold all the details of our city’s past. They are often fragile old books that require white gloves to be touched. The third floor is also home to newspapers – local, international and archived – magazines, and the microfiche machines that I can’t believe are still in use.
It’s a spacious and quiet floor, perfect for me. I nestle into my favourite grey chair and make myself at home. Usually I read. Sometimes I write. I always enjoy the atmosphere and the sun shining upon my face. Hundreds of people enjoying the written word in all its forms. It’s magical!
I’m not sure when my fascination with libraries took root. As a child I remember going on occasion to check out a resource for a school project. It was still exciting to see all those books in one place, but only as an adult do appreciate it.
When I travel – which isn’t all that often – I like to check out the libraries. So far I have visited Vancouver’s Central Library and the British Library in London, England.
|Vancouver’s Central Library.|
|Inside the main entrance.|
The Central Library in Vancouver is amazing. Not only is this building beautiful, it has seven levels! SEVEN! There are a variety of neat shops to explore before going into the main library. I’ve been to Vancouver a few times and each visit I make sure to stop by and walk the countless rows of books. It’s just wonderful for me to see all of Vancouver’s citizens making use of such a fabulous space!
|Brandon. Can you see his disappointment?!|
|Funky sculpture at the British Library|