Some people meditate; I find my center at the library. Libraries are my Disneyland. I write in them, read in them, escape, explore, daydream, and mini-vacation in them. I love libraries so much that, earlier this year, I posted in my blog I’d like to visit a new local library each week.
Seven months(?!) later, I’m finally making good on Library-Hopping Adventure #2. 🙂
Today I visited East Anaheim Library, one of nearly a hundred libraries in Orange County and Anaheim’s newest one, remodeled from what used to be a medical center and featuring the requisite palm tree.
East Anaheim Library shares a building with the Anaheim Police Department, so out front there’s a lovely little memorial to police dogs.
I got choked up reading the list of canine heroes’ names.
Just inside the front entrance, really high high ceilings and industrial style architecture let in the light of a beautiful, sunny morning.
Here’s the cozy back table where I spent three hours writing and reading next to a view of trees and. . . major freeways. The muffled rush of traffic was easy to habituate to, though; after a while, it sounded like ocean waves. Pictured: my trusty red backpack and document holder for transporting my tools of the trade: laptop, manuscript, folder for completed pages, pens, highlighter, water, snack.
For what it’s worth, the library bathrooms were also extraordinarily clean, but I didn’t take a picture of those. 😀
Here’s to libraries and visiting more of them. They’re good for the soul.
— Eve Messenger