Tag: California

Where are the books?

This was the question I asked when I visited the rare book room at the new San Diego Central Library. I had come to see the newly built library which had opened five months ago in September 2013. The building…

Balboa Park’s Spanish style

Even though I had heard that Balboa Park in San Diego was the location where two major expositions had been held in the early 20th century, I didn’t realize that the buildings from these events were still in existence and…

My shoes?

Book display in the Children’s Department at the San Diego Public Library in California.

Stuck at the La Brea Tar Pits

You wouldn’t think that swanky Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles would be the home of mud and goo, but the La Brea Tar Pits have been around a whole lot longer than Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus. Asphalt (not…

Water art

Fountains at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The colourful Calder fountain is especially interesting because water and wind move the elements of this iconic 1964 metal and paint sculpture.

Fountains among the books

Usually water and books don’t mix, but at the Huntington Beach Central Library in California, they go together very well! If you’re sitting in the reading or study areas, you can look out floor-to-ceiling windows and see waterfalls, pools and…

The Bookworm

The Bookworm sculpture by Gary Price at Rancho Mirage Public Library in California. (It reminded me of myself when I was a kid, when I would take out stacks of books at a time.)

Self-serve return

I saw people waiting outside the doors of the Palm Springs Public Library and wondered why there was a line up. Turns out, they were waiting to return their books – into a machine. This self-serve return kiosk is part…