Diversions

Library Gawker Part 2

Here’s one of my favorite places in the city: The Vancouver Public Library.

It was modeled after the Roman Colosseum, and though you can’t see it in these photos, there’s also a garden on the roof (inaccessible to the public). Loads of natural light comes in because of all the glass, and there are catwalks more than 6 floors up, also lined with glass. It’s terrifying if you’re afraid of heights like me, but when I need a book, I need a book.

Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver Public Library by Focusedcapture

The first thing that always hits me is the smell: coffee, pizza, paper, glued bindings. Bliss! This is the foyer, lined with shops, and the library entrance is to the left.

Vancouver Public Library Interior
VPL Interior by Jeff W Brooktree

This reminds me how many books on my ‘to be read’ wish list. What are some books on your to-read list?

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      1. That place is utter architectural madness. Almost depressing to look upon it with all the closings and cutbacks for U.S. libraries. This place looks gorgeous, even if my inner efficiency nut balks at all that empty space that could have shelves in it.

      2. hehe I don’t mind the empty space because it lets in the natural light, and the library itself is already massive. I suppose it was designed to save energy?

        It’s sad to hear about the cutbacks and closings. I spent a LOT of time in libraries when I was younger, and that is one of the reasons I love books, and writing, and just learning in general.

  1. So reminiscent of the Colosseum. What a neat place!

    I’ve got over 150 books on my To Read list. It’s overwhelming, haha. But a few of them are The Call of Cthulhu & Other Weird Stories (sort of just been scanning through them); Fun of It by Amelia Earhart (she wrote a book!); Bright of the Sky by Kay Kenyon; and Dark Star by Alan Furst.

    Sometimes I wish I had several brains and sets of eyes so I could get more stuff done, lol.

  2. Oh, my, you shouldn’t ask that.

    My to-read list is terribly long. I’ve been working my way through The Silmarillion most recently – but I’ll have to return that to whence it came. (I have a post sort of about that coming up soon.) I’ll get it from the library and finish it at some point, though someday I’ll want to add it to my Tolkien Fanboy Collection. (Yes, GASP!, I don’t yet own it.)

    When I started on The Silmarillion I was about a third to half-way through The Towers of Midnight, the most recent Wheel of Time Book. So first order of business is finishing that. When I started Towers of Midnight I was about a third of the way through A Clash of Kings. I’ll probably want to finish that, too. I have the next two ASoIaF books in line, but there are some other things I’ll want to read. I haven’t decided on the exact order, but I’ve got Elantris and Mistborn in my queue, as well as Name of the Wind. Then just this past weekend I picked up The Children of Amarid and The Way of Kings, both of which I’m rather excited about, too. So… I’ve got my reading work cut out for me.

    And that’s just counting the books that I actually have in my possession currently. My Amazon wishlist has about a dozen-plus more books on my “I’d like to read” list. Le sigh.

  3. *falls off of exercise ball*

    Good gravy! That’s amazing! First baking, now this! Theresa, you are very blessing! Now if I can only figure out how to make our flux capacitor to work to travel to your place! LOL!

  4. I love unusual architecture. A few books on my shelf to-be-read:

    Låt Den Rätte Komma In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
    Män som Hatar Kvinnor by Stieg Larsson
    Marknadskrafter by Richard Morgan
    Aileme, Befrielsens Tid by Johan Ehrenberg

  5. YES! I couldn’t wait for you to post this one! =) Central Library is one of my favorite places in Vancouver and your post has me reminiscing and feeling nostalgic. I wish there was a beautiful public library here in the Andes.

    On my reading list — Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and Vincent Tufano’s Empires of Gold (on Peru!) =) My cousin’s bringing them down to me when she comes to visit in a month! Woopee! =)

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