|The Library Center in Springfield, Missouri|
This past week I've been a bit absent here on the blog...because I've been at the annual Missouri Library Association's meeting!
I love going to MLA every year that my Director allows me to, but this year I was able to tour maybe the coolest library I've ever been to (besides mine of course!).
|Isn't that just lovely?|
The Library Center in Springfield, Missouri is the biggest, prettiest, and maybe the most gorgeous library I have ever seen. If you can't tell, I have total book envy.
I walked around like the paparazzi during our visit and am going to share some of my favorite pictures with you.
The library will be holding a "Tolkien Festival" this fall. I kid you not, this gorgeous painting was almost as tall as I am and huge as you walk into the lobby. Brilliantly done and an excellent display to promote their programming. I kind of wish I lived in Springfield, so I could enjoy!
|People who have donated money to the library get their name in this display|
|Coffee & Muffins anyone??|
This was the view I had as I walked past the entrance and into the actual library. I stopped and just stared.
Just look at that space!!!!
|Banned books Display|
While I was in Springfield, libraries across America were celebrating "Banned Books Week"
You can see the display I made at my library here.
I had to laugh, chains were a common theme!
|Entrance into the Children's Area|
|Decorated in a "jungle" theme|
|Story Room entrance...and a toucan!|
|Books, puppets, and a HUGE giraffe|
|Next up, the teen room!|
|"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." - To Kill a Mockingbird|
Being a teen librarian, when you walk into a library you've gotta check out the teen section. Everyone does it a little differently and again, gotta say...I loved Springfield's!
I regret that I didn't take a picture of the room as a whole, but I did get some awesome shots of the glass quotes that surround the room. Inspirational and enchanting, it took me a second to realize that all of the quotes come out of popular YA titles.
|"What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful." - Uglies|
|Quotes from Speak, Author Ned Vizzini, Eldest, and Twilight|
"It is easier to floss with barbed wire than to admit you like someone in middle school." -Speak
"The best kind of story, in my mind, is one that makes you laugh and then makes you think." - Author Ned Vizzini
"Wise? No, I simply learned to think" - Eldest
"And so the lion fell in love with the lamb" - Twilight
|Gateway and Truman Award Winners|
One of my favorite things from the Teen area was how they displayed their award winners. I currently have mine displayed on the tops of the stacks just as a huge display, but I loved how they were stacked. They looked so inviting and even I wanted to take one home!
|Circulation desk - look at how excited the little girl is on the left|
|Snapped a picture of myself while I was waiting for my fellow librarians to leave|
|On my way out, I had to checkout the huge "Friends" gift shop.|
I had a lovely time in Springfield, but my visit to the library was truly remarkable.
Fun and a little awe inspiring, the Springfield-Greene area is incredibly lucky to have such an amazing library so close to them.
I spent quite a bit of time visiting the genealogy room (totally forgot to snap a few photos of the HUGE genealogy collection) and the librarian's holding down the fort were so welcoming and friendly.
The library is a community treasure.
When you are in Springfield, you find nothing but people happy to have such a wonderful library in their midst.
If you are ever near Springfield, Missouri, do yourself a favor and visit the treasure that is The Library Center!