Saturday, November 24, 2007

So many books, so little time

The Twin Cities has an amazing collection of libraries. Both the downtown libraries are architectural gems. St. Paul's refurbished Central Library harkens back to the days of classic civic architecture--think Grand Central Station for instance. The best way to describe the relatively new Cesar Pelli designed Minneapolis Public Library is airy. The glass exterior bathes the rooms in light and the open interior is quite the opposite from libraries past. The two libraries are wonderful complements. I'm more familiar with the St. Paul libraries since I live here. While I love being able to walk to the Hamline-Midway branch, I also like to visit the grand St. Anthony Park library. It's so charming it could be on a Christmas card. The Merriam Park library, while less architecturally handsome, has a wonderful children's area where the littlest ones can be entertained with ample crawling space. In this day and age, having a free place to spend time, explore new worlds, and leave with something in your bag is quite remarkable.


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