Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Library: Center of Derby Days Action! (IMO)

Chances are, if you visited the 71st Annual Derby Days last weekend, you passed the Redmond Library.  The parade route led by, vendors had booths set up in the shared parking lot with City Hall, and it was only (a few) steps away from the firefighter’s pancake breakfast.

I borrowed the bike rack at the library to park my wheels, arriving early enough that I was the first person to lock up there.  Bike secured, it was off to support the Redmond Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund and enjoy eggs, sausage, and M&M pancakes. 

Mmmm, Breakfast!

I finished breakfast just in time to find a spot for the start of the parades.  It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen the Kids’ Parade but I think it’s safe to say it was very, very well attended.  The children, and their adorable costumes, just kept coming!  Our neighbors took part and the pictures I snapped of them look like a “Where’s Waldo” photo. Following all of the cute tikes on trikes and bikes, the Grand Parade included approximately 50 entries (I think) and the All City Marching Band/Seattle School District took top honors.  However, my favorite, of course, was the Redmond Library entry!

Library2Go Van Rounding Parade Corner

After the parades, I perused the booths before heading back to the library to extract my bike from the pile at the rack. (so much harder going home…one of these days I’ll be able to bike back up the Puget Power Trail to Education Hill from the Sammamish River Trail….) I hope that you and yours were able to enjoy the community festivities and stop by the library to see all that it has to offer too! If you missed the parades, you can catch the replay on RCTV.

p.s. The fireworks were rescheduled for this Friday.  Head down early to enjoy music by Leroy Bell and Doctor Funk!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Books for the Beaches

Sometimes, libraries just happen.  In May, we stumbled across the Langley Library (Sno-Isle Libraries) after a biking trip on Whidbey Island.  To be honest, we were looking for a brewery, but came upon books instead!  Of course, I dashed inside to take a peek and snap a few pictures as I’m never one to pass up an impromptu library visit.

However, in the case of the blog post topic I’m really going to write about, I went seeking, on a different kind of island.


(And, no, not THAT South Pacific island).

We recently returned from the glorious island of Maui (our second visit, 10 years apart!).  Two of the libraries in the Hawaii State Public Library System were on my radar, Lahaina and Kihei.  There are six branches on Maui, and the library system, the only state-wide system in the US, manages 50 branches across the six main islands. I can only imagine what the sun, sand, and surf regularly do to their collection!

The Lahaina Library is easily found on Wharf Street near the busy tourist-thronged Front Street.  If you are walking the “Ala Hele Mo‘olelo O Lahaina” (Lahaina Historic Trail), you’ll definitely end up at the library along the way. I took a quick peek in…and it’s a library!  Books, computers, and people were everywhere and like all libraries, the place bustled with energy in general.  There are current efforts underway to give the 55 year old Lahaina library a freshen-up – if you find yourself on the island next week, don’t miss the “Savor The Sunset” fundraiser!

Lahaina Library Grounds

Kihei Library, located off the popular through-road in Kihei, is also located close to the action. We passed it every day to and from our various activities in South Maui.  When I stopped in, I had to wonder, “How did the Space Needle shrink and swim across that much Pacific Ocean!?”

Space Needle Model in Kihei Library

Both libraries also have historic and cultural items on their grounds, including a former royal taro root field in Lahaina and a ko’a, a fish god shrine, in the case of Kihei.


As much as I love to read, Maui had so much to offer that I never found time to bring my book to the beach!  (And no, I didn’t bring any of my own library books with me….while I’ve certainly travelled with library books in the past, I don’t generally make ocean crossings with them!)