Saturday, January 27, 2007

Traveling librarian Visits Burton Barr Central Library

What a great experience!! I had the opportunity to be in Phoenix yesterday and visited the wonderful Burton Barr Central Library. This library was built in 1995, and has an area of 280,000 square feet. The building's five stories are constructed of concrete, glass, and iron. I know you might be thinking that it is too gray, but on the contrary, there is lots of light and color in this library. Bright green desks for computers, and art exhibits and neon signs give a vibrant look to this library.

The children’s area has a little garden where librarians offer story times and parents read to their kids among beautiful plants in a lovely setting. A popular area in the library is Teen Central, a room with music, lots of computers, and vending machines. This is the only place in the library where you are allowed to eat - if you are a teenager, of course.

Lots of people visit this library on the Summer Solstice, June 21. They ascend to the fifth floor where people say they can see a flame illusion on the special columns and the shadows move unusually quickly on the walls and skylights. So, if you want to do something special for this summer, why not go to the Burton Barr Central Library and experience something new! We will love to hear your comments!

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