I didn't plan it, but I visited three libraries when I was out and about in the city today.
First I returned three books to the City Library (still going on one). Then I joined the historic Athenaeum Library where I borrowed a book* and enjoyed the dark wood surrounds and squeaky floorboards. It feels a bit like visiting your Nanna's place - there's tea, coffee and hot chocolate and lots of old things. They also keep a pet album with photos of members' pets!
And then I took a leisurely stroll around the awesome State Library of Victoria and admired once again the fabulosity of the domed La Trobe Reading Room (above). It's impossible to capture its fabulosity in a photo - it's such a huge edifice with so many beautiful features - the shelves of ancient books lining the balconies, the spoke lay-out of the old timber desks (below) with their little green lamps and the ceiling itself, which lets in so much natural light that artificial lighting isn't necessary in the day time. If you ever visit Melbourne, you cannot leave without seeing it.
Today I discovered the State Library also has an impressive, timber-floored gallery of old paintings of Melbourne, the state of Victoria and historically significant figures and events.
I have a new favourite song. Emiliana Torrini's Jungle Drum. It's so jaunty (and vastly different to the stuff from her previous album). I have been listening to it pretty much all day...on repeat. Obsessive much?
I'm nearly finished the 101 Things list, by the way. I'm up to 95. I will post it here soon.
* Fittingly, So Many Books, So Little Time: A year of passionate reading by Sara Nelson!