Tag: Florida

My top 7 pics from Florida and Texas

Even though I toted my SLR camera along with me in the car on the Florida trip, it only came out on two occasions (the Dolphin Research Centre and Colonial Williamsburg). Most of the time, I took photographs with my…

My top 5 stories from Florida and Texas

I visited so many wonderful places during my trips to Florida (including Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia) and Texas (including Louisiana and Ohio) that it was hard to pin down just five great stories, but here they are: Tea, anyone? Discover…

Celebrate libraries with Flat Andy

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014 with a photo contest called Flat Andy. I saw this fun way to mark a major library milestone when I visited the John H. Germany Public Library in Tampa,…

Hurrah for independent booksellers!

These days, when most bookstores have become insubstantial online warehouses or indistinguishable big-box retailers, it’s gratifying to find independent booksellers who still offer unique environments to browse for books. Used bookstores are more likely to embody this feeling of old-time…

Dragon from down under

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida staged a special exhibit called “Dragons Down Under,” featuring sea dragons, sea horses, and pipefish, which live in the waters around Australia. The highlight of the exhibit was the rarely seen leafy sea dragon,…

A library quacker

On a recent visit to the Naples Public Library in Florida, I was greeted at the front door by a Muscovy duck!

Here’s looking at you, kid!

As much as we think dolphins are cute, they are fascinated by us too. At the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key in the Florida Keys, I saw dolphins giving visitors the eye and coming back for more than one…

Books by boat

In my travels, I’ve seen several different ways of returning materials to libraries (drive-thru overhangs, boxes on the street, self-serve RFID chutes), but this method at a library in the Florida Keys is one I hadn’t seen before. According to…

At home at the Four Arts Library

Cozy, comfortable, and the feeling of being at home. That’s what it’s like to walk into the Four Arts Library in Palm Beach, Florida. (I don’t have a library like this at home, but my ideal personal library space would feel like…

Palm Beach fountain

The Mizner Memorial Fountain is a beautiful water feature located in a park beside Palm Beach City Hall. It was built by Addision Mizner, an architect who constructed many of the houses and buildings in this Florida city in the…