Tuesday, July 3, 2007

I love the public library


Apparently, when you move to a new place, there are a LOT of plastic cards involved. Let me tell you about some of the new cards I have added to my wallet since coming to Rancho Mirage. First, there is the new driver licence. (of course) Then, there is the new bank debit card (which took forEVER to reach me). Then, when I went to buy dog food, I got a Petsmart card (that i didn't want). There is a card for the grocery store, too. The part that I find really interesting, is that many of these cards come in a family, of sorts. There is a big one, for your wallet, and then a baby one, for your keychain. Petsmart gave me one daddy sized card and TWO baby-sized cards. Do they really expect me to put all of these teeny cards on my keychain??? I am NOT going to! Yesterday, I added a libray card to my new collection. I believe it is my favorite card thus far.

The library here in Rancho Mirage is incredible. It looks like it has been designed by some famous architect. (which is very possible, but I don't know anything about famous architects, beyond Frank Lloyd Wright.) The outside grounds are beautifully landscaped with desert plants and large stones. The parking lot is enormous!! There is even a coffee shop inside. (before you go into the library, of course) There is a giant fish tank in the children's section. It has a seperate information desk, too. The lights above the bookcases appear to have motion detectors, because they turn on when you walk underneath them. (that freaked me out a little at first!) When I raved to the man at the check out desk about the library he said, "yes, this library is VERY well funded." No kidding! And of course, the library card comes with a large size and a miniature size. (I have to say that if anyone else tries to give me a plastic card, I might scream. My wallet is starting to look like it has eaten a huge thanksgiving dinner, every day for a month!)

I am happy to have a new library card, because I love to read - novels, mostly - and I am nearly finished with the book on my nightstand. The best part about the library is that you get to read the book, but then you don't have to pack it in a box and MOVE it. You simply RETURN it! This is an extra added bonus for us, at this point in our lives...

3 comments:

Becca said...

I love your library building. It's awesome. I may pass the photo on to our little hometown "friends of the library" folk. Our library reminds me of a 70's architecture experiment gone bad. The concept of reading the book, and not having it forever is an idea I've been trying to pass on to my book-purchasing-obsessed husband. We pack and move many tonnage of books. Also, the little card/big card/card-for-every-store thing drives me up the wall. Do you have your Hallmark card yet? Your gym card? Your Office supply store card? You could potentially add about 6 more this move alone! You may have to search for your paint brushes untder the stack of new plastic cards you have. Thanks for the awesome library description and photos!

lee said...

love the photo of the library, I to go to the library alot, my hubby calls it my second home. I read novels all the time, on coffee at work, at lunch, and before bed. I read anything, garbage to good books. I like a good story I am not much into biographys etc. My libary is in a strip mall really not picture worthy, but the new one there building is really really cool.

kate said...

Ah, there's nothing quite like a good library. Your new library looks sleek and modern! My neighbourhood library is old and busy. I love it - I can leave my library card on file and I'm never asked my name. (I suppose that's because I'm there most every week and am constantly reserving books on the online library catalogue.)

What's with all these plastic cards? Yikes, I'd be in big trouble, because I'm constantly misplacing them. I take good care of my health card, bank card and driver's license ... oh and the bookstore card - can't forget that. I discovered at the grocery store that I can just give them my phone # and they find my card. You are going to need a bigger wallet!