Friday, February 19, 2016

An Afternoon at the Library

We recently spent an afternoon at the Hilo Public Library. It is one of my favorite buildings in town with an open courtyard with covered searing on four sides. 

Here is a clip showing the interior.  It is such a peaceful place to visit and linger.

It was raining lightly and the gurgling from the downspouts along with the rain drops created a white noise symphony. Larry was doing research (i.e. Reading books they won't let you check out) and I was going through the weekly grocery market ads. I also found three novels to read:

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web
  • Death by Water 
  • Trust No One

The Girl in the Spider's Web is the continuation of the Millennium series by Steig Larsen. I started in on it right away. I had recently downloaded the audio book from the library but kept falling asleep while trying to listen to it at night. It's a "hot pick" which means the check out time is only seven days instead of 21. Since it was a holiday weekend coming up, it was a good time to hunker down for some good reading. My expectations were low however since I really didn't think someone else could fill Steig Larsen's shoes. 

I finished it las night and enjoyed it.  I won't say it was as captivating as the original three novels, but it was a good read and I do recommend it.

Death by Water is now on my nightstand and I'll start it sometime today.  It's by the Nobel Prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe.  I'm going in blind as I have not googled the author or his work.  I'll let you know what I think.

Trust No One is by Jayne Ann Krenz is strictly lightweight reading and I expect to finish that one off in an afternoon.  I have ready many of Ms. Krenz's books and generally enjoy them.

I love that this library has a large set of shelves just inside the door with all of the new and hot books just waiting to be checked out.  It is easy to find something to read even when you are not sure what you wanted to read when you walked in.  I also like that the "hot picks" books are available to pick up rather than waiting for months for a popular book to become available.

I have fond memories of the little library in our neighborhood where I grew up.  It was in a 1920's english cottage style house next to an elementary school.  My siblings and I each had our own book bag hand sewn by my aunt.  We would go weekly to the library and pick out as many books as would fit in the bag.  Sadly, we stopped going after my mother went back to work, but they were good times while they lasted. Would you believe I still have that book bag?  

Here it is!

Yep, my nickname was Re.  A long time ago.

Do you visit the library?  Let me know in the comments below!

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