This month for Where in the World Are You Reading, the topic is libraries.
I have posted before about my lack of local library love. I try, but I’m inevitably disappointed whenever I vow to be a good library patron. My chief complaints are that they charge for requests and holds (and my branch rarely has what I’m looking for), they’re closed on Mondays (the day I’m off and usually running around town doing errands (actually, all county branches are closed on Sunday and Mondays, and Saturday hours are short, making it difficult to fit in a visit), and their programs cater to the local retirees (which is great, but I really can’t join a book club that meets on Wednesdays at 10am). Maybe when I’m 65 I’ll love my library more.
However, there is a pretty cool mural on the west side of the building:
Here’s an explanation of what’s going on, thanks to the Friends of the Library site:
Composed of 125,000 one inch square pieces of glass, the 650 square foot mural depicts the history and environs of Morro Bay. A native Chumash Indian, early explorer Juan Cabrillo, and missionaries are pictured along the modern-day city of Morro Bay against a backdrop of blue water and green hills. Native flora and fauna, including a peregrine falcon and sea otter, are woven in.
There’s also a humongous sand dollar that amuses me. You can see it in the bottom left corner of the above picture. I promise the ones on the beach are normal size. And the mural has a weird chopped-off appearance on the left side because there used to be a tree there. This bugs me every time I look at it! I know…I’m such a critic.
Here are the close ups:
My photos are particularly bad because we’re in the midst of the foggiest part of summer in Morro Bay (the hotter it is elsewhere, the foggier it is here) and the mural tends to look dreary in foggy weather. Except for grouchy-face Juan…he’s pretty hard to miss no matter what the weather is like, thanks to his spiffy red cape and his ginormous body. I mean really…he’s as big as the ships!
Inside is a pretty basic library. Other than the outside, it’s a no-frills operation.