I have always loved the library.
So does my mom, and one of our sons once asked
if we could live in one…which is sort of what I did!
For ten years I met with students at our local library
for academic tutoring and emotional coaching.
Those were sacred days I hold in my heart.
Lately I wonder what will become of these
shelters for books and bookworms like us.
Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, Germany
In bygone eras, they were constructed with great
care and expense as these examples prove.
Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Germany
is my favorite, but take a look at other beauties:
Law Library at Munich
Trinity College – Dublin
Admont Abbey – Austria
St. Genevieve – Paris
Suzzalo – University of Washington
I am in awe and think traveling the planet to visit
and photograph libraries such as these would be BEYOND WHOA.
In the mean time, we have an amazing compilation here:
In Libraries (Roads Reflections)
by Bjarne Hammer (Roads, 2014),
we are invited into the most ornate libraries, lauded
universities and innovative design works on earth
including the ultra-modern, the opulent, and the austere.
(Hammer of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is known
internationally for high profile cultural buildings including
libraries in Sweden, Denmark, Scotland and Canada.)
This is one gorgeous library book for my fellow picturebook lovers for which we will never ever have to return or pay a fine!
Do you still visit the library?