There is kind of a “stealth” library really near where I live. It is part of the county system, not the city system, so I didn’t know about it until I walked in looking for a place to work on my laptop. It looks like a secret from the parking lot.
It turns out to be a pretty good place to work if I’m feeling done with the coffee shop for the day.
It’s quiet, with just enough noise to not be creepy. It has lots of places to sit, including this:
Facilities include study rooms, a computer room, and a surprisingly decent collection of graphic novels. I started a new series while I was there, and I’m planning to go back for 2 more.
Near a sofa is a vase with some yarn and a pair of knitting needles in it.
In the back is a huge classroom with kid- and adult-sized chairs. I don’t know what classes are held there.
It has carrells, an enclosed children’s room where they can make some noise, and a “Christmas tree” made out of old encyclopedia volumes (it was summer when I went).
If you get bored you can wander around and look at all the pocket pets they have distributed throughout the library in little cages: tiny tree frogs, a guinea pig, gerbil, bearded dragon, gecko, dove, koi.
As you may be gathering, it’s much bigger than it looks from the outside, as well as having good a/c and wireless access. On the somewhat sad side, there are surprisingly fewer books than I think it needs (the shelves are not full and there is room for a lot more of them).
There are some “honor books” by the front that you can take without checking out and return whenever. I haven’t checked out their bookstore yet.
It’s really doing a pretty decent job overall! It sort of looks like they have not grown into their huge space yet, though they have been there at least 3 years.
This review does you no good, Grumpeteers, but it amuses us. #2 adds: What do you like about your favorite library? What would your dream library have?