One thing that our Itinerant Poetry Librarian can't get enough of is . . . libraries. Yes, despite founding, owning and generally lugging around on her back her own one, she still can't quite kick the habit of jumping at the chance to take-a-look-see at the nearest one. Wherever that maybe. To name just a few we've managed to take in on our travels: The International Poetry library (Marseille, France); Biblioteca Jaume Fauste (Barcelona, Spain); the York Central, Manchester Central, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Civic & Archives, and Norwich Millennium Libraries have all been perused in the UK. We also took the opportunity of installing our travelling poetry library actually in a library too (The British Council Library, Berlin, Germany). You get our drift. So. Of course, we had to explore our nearest and dearest in California. Which last week (yes, we've moved already folks), was Santa Cruz.
We made a visit to the fantabulous Central Branch, where branch manager, Barbara Snider, gave us a guided tour. Thanks Barbara! Listen in by clicking on the audio below:
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For further information on the history of Public Libraries in Santa Cruz, see Photographs from the Library's Collection
We also found out much of the information on the history of SC Public Libraries from this concise article by Dan McMahon: The Four Carnegie Libraries, 1903 - 1921.
And what do we like best about our library visits? Well, one thing (which is also our pet obsession) is indexing and cataloguing.