One day on the way to the library, I was stopped by a policeman and invited to take a tour of the Chandler courthouse. On the appointed day I came to the courthouse early to learn that I was in the wrong place. I walked a four block area searching for the courthouse. The Chandler Courthouse is a large multistory building set back from the road. It says “Court” on it. Once you get to the door of that building a small white sign directs traffic court people across the street. Once you get to that building and you go through security and get to the courtroom, another little white sign directs you to check in at the front desk. Then you queue up. After making a significant contribution to the municipality and being told I could skip the tour I found myself childless, not at work and in proximity to a history museum, art gallery and public library.
I have the morning free, absolved of my vehicular iniquity. I go to the library.
The Downtown Chandler Public Library is set on park like grounds flanked by the Chandler History museum and a community center. Outside the library are rows of concrete seating walls with a relief designed by Carl Jansen (named Entropy Walls) suitable for climbing and playing. The library has a small coffee shop, a generously sized seating area for working with natural light and rows of shelves with used books and magazines. On a quarterly basis they host a book sale, I think books are 4 for a dollar or something outrageously persuasive like that.
Inside the coffee shop are 4 tall shelves with the “rare” books. These books were old, unusual and intriguing for any bookworm or crafty type. I imagine as we move to e-books and more people jettison their home library, a small shelf of curated books with unusual titles or covers will become more popular. The books cost between 4 and 20 dollars. The shop accepts credit cards.
I had a lemon poppy seed muffin, a drink. I selected a beautifully bound Jane Goodall book and a book about touring the Panama Canal (small, green linen bound hardcover from 1930’s). I’ll give that book to my mom. She is going on Panama Canal cruise and she is interested in the locks. For four dollars it makes a stylish and unique gift. The old Webster dictionary and the singing primer from the 50’s with its retro illustrations tempted me. Those would make great source material for craft projects that I see online. I left those behind for another day.
If you are a fan of old books, especially ones with embellished covers you might like one of my favorite blogs, Cassandra Considers. She is a bookworm and a nature lover. I enjoy her perspective.