Today is one of those messy days that give February a bad name. Though this kind of weather is not as dramatic as a snowstorm, in some ways it’s harder to deal with – rain when the temperatures are right at freezing. You never know what you might get when you venture out. And so it was today. We had a cold, raw Monday on our hands, with a threat of ice hanging over it.
So I decided I needed to go to a warm welcoming place, and I thought of the library, since I wanted to do some more Poetry Marathon editing (I do think the first pass over all the poems is finished. Good!). I decided to go to the Huntingdon Valley Library – I’ve never been inside, though I’ve gotten a lot of books from them through our county library swapping system.
The library is part of the municipal complex in Lower Moreland Township, about fifteen minutes from my house. It’s a newer addition to an existing old building set up on a hill. It has nice windows and a warm sunny interior – and of course the rows of books! I love to see so many books in one place.
Anyway, I went in the rear entrance since that’s where I found parking. Up some stairs and then into the library is how it goes. I liked the little garden area at the entrance and I am sure it is very inviting in the summertime.
This time I decided to set the sunshine on a shelf at random. I just walked around a few minutes and then I stopped – at a shelf of books on foreign countries, travel and history, it seemed. Great. The sunshine settled right down.
I did my poetry work and a couple of hours later I was ready to go. I decided to leave from the front upstairs door and walk around the building. I looked around a bit at the layout of the library. I even checked the copy machine room and the rows of brochures. I do find it interesting what pamphlets people feel library-goers will be interested in and I always look them over.
Outside the sidewalk was a little icy and the grass crunchy from the rain that had fallen while I was inside. I had to watch my step in places that hadn’t been salted. But I had to look at a little garden next to the front entrance – the statue illustrates what the library is all about.
I forgot to say earlier – as I was leaving a couple of library volunteers, students, I think, were doing some work on shelves near the sunshine. The sunshine was still there but I wonder if they came upon it this afternoon?
Find out more about the Sunshine Project by looking here, or else you can always search the category “Sunshine Project”.