They added a new section a few years back - made with a process called "rammed earth" - which is just what it sounds like - smashing dirt together super-tight, which is why there are striations in the walls. It's very pretty. The outside courtyard sits between the two, straight ahead and just a hint to the left in this picture.
This is the main entrance. The posts in the front are for bicycles, but cleverly made to look like hitching posts. And can you see the giant bronze rabbit to the left? It's one of the many pieces of artwork the library has.
This was taken back at Christmas time when my one-year-old spontaneously started hugging the bronze of the girl reading a book - next to a boy laying on his stomach with his feet kicked up behind him. These are adorable - and so well done.
The other part of the library I didn't take the time to photograph is the western history room - a completely separate area for local history and all things western - from Zane Grey and Louis Lamour, to bound book versions of our local weekly newspaper, dating back a very long time. We had fun one day looking at my husband's birth announcement, and reading some of my old stories from when I was reporting.
So the purpose of my quick trip to the library was to take a picture of the books I've read so far this year. Problem is, most of them are in the "new books" section, so several are currently checked out. I improvised by putting books of similar size in the stack backwards (binding toward the back).
The other problem is that I took this picture Tuesday, and already it's out of date because I finished another book today which is not in the picture. So far this year I have read 19 books (I'm working on #20 now), alternating fiction-nonfiction-fiction-nonfiction, etc. That amounts to a stack 23 1/2 inches tall (nearly 2 feet! two-thirds of a yard stick!) and 5,269 pages.
I read a book last year about a woman who read a book a day for an entire year. I don't know how she managed to do that - apart from the fact that her kids went to public school, and she said she limited herself to shorter books. Still, life happens and I would think it would be awfully hard not to miss a day here and there. Most of the books I read are 250-350 pages. I can't imagine limiting myself to shorter books. I just pick the book that appeals to me most at the time and fits with what I need to read next (fiction or non-fiction). I usually know the next 2-3 books I would like to read. But I'm getting a backlog now and have at least 10 books in that line-up (and a good 30 of them on the shelf to read soon.)
Okay, I'm off to bed. This post turned much longer than I anticipated it would, and we've got a big ski race in the morning.