Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

I've been taking a vicarious vacation on Turquoise Diaries lately because Aysegul's visiting the most glorious places. Yesterday she said she loves Ghost Whisperer, which was shooting at the Pasadena Public Library last Friday (see yesterday's post). So for Aysegul, here's a shot of the library's main hall, in case it shows up on Ghost Whisperer.

Something I recently discovered about the main hall: you can drink your coffee in there! I KNOW! (Oops. Shh. I mean, I know! I was shocked!) I've visited the library's coffee shop many times. Central Grounds is outdoors on the front patio. It was the first stop in my quest for the perfect coffee shop in which to write (a quest I promise I'll take up again.) But it wasn't until last Friday, when it was nine million degrees out, that I discovered I could buy my coffee at Central Grounds and take it inside to the air-conditioned comfort of the main hall. (I'd make the main hall #10 in The Quest if I didn't think it was cheating.)

You may not drink your coffee in the stacks. You may not have it in the computer room or the study rooms or beyond the reference desk. Only in the main hall. But click on that picture and enlarge it. Isn't that a nice place to plug in your laptop, drink your coffee and write?

Lovely as it is, I don't suppose Aysegul would trade places with me. Not even for a glimpse of the Ghost Whisperer.

21 comments:

USelaine said...

I love the symmetry of your shot. The room is magnificent - look at that ceiling and the lights! Great for any kind of whispering, I say.

Dina said...

Coffee, here?? No,no, it's a travesty!
But thanks for the link to Ghost Whisperer, since I had no idea what it was.

Eamon said...

Coffee and rare books (presumably there are many there) are not a good combination. (The books are hard to swallow).

Escapist said...

COFFFEEE .....?????



JOOLLLIIIEEESSS:-)

Shell Sherree said...

That's very trusting of them - it's a lovely concept. {Coffee or no coffee, my floor never looks like that...}

Jean Spitzer said...

Lovely photo--and a public service, letting us know about this space. I'm surprised you didn't keep this one to yourself. (I wonder if any other public libraries permit this.)

Bellis said...

Put a few large portraits on the wall, and it could be the dining room of Christchurch College, Oxford, which is also the dining room of Hogwarts! Wasn't John Cleese a poltergeist there in one of earlier movies?

Your link to Turquoise Diaries took me to an interesting new mystery photo at Pasadena PIO - I don't think you meant to do that, but thanks.

Petrea said...

It is a great room, isn't it, Elaine? I always feel good there. And don't worry about the coffee, Dina. Those brightly-colored books you see on the right are all manga. Not that I disrespect manga, but it's not like anyone's getting coffee on the Magna Carta.

Depends on the book, right, Eamon?

Escapist has had her caffeine for the day.

Shell, all you need is a full-time staff.

It's too late, Jean, I was already the last to know.

I fixed the Turquoise Diaries link. Thank you, Bellis.

Linda Dove said...

Wow, what a great thing about coffee in that room. It's nice to be trusted like that once in a while.

Desiree said...

By funny coincidence, I was just there chillin' with all the accessories and an iced coffee--
great place to beat the heat--doing just what you recommended.

Virginia said...

Wow Petrea, what a great shot. I want to visit. Looks so cool and nice and I can "smell"it. Don't you love how libraries smell?
V

Petrea said...

Linda, it may be a money-making ploy, as I think the only way in without going through the stacks is through Central Grounds, so you'll have to get your coffee there.

Seems just right, doesn't it, Des? With everyone around you concentrating, you can't goof off, it's too embarrassing. (I mean the general you, of course.)

I do love how libraries smell, V. And now we can add that hint of coffee aroma.

Hughes said...

Nice pic, it looks like a movie still. I would love to give this place a visit sometime!

Margaret said...

Love the central library.

Cafe Pasadena said...

This is what you did on your summer vacations??

P, you are such a fine, upstanding young woman, yes you are!

AmyR said...

Coffee in a library?! I never thought I'd see the day. Though I have such a bad history with coffee and spilling, that I would be terrified to take advantage of such a privilege.

-K- said...

With or without coffee, but preferably with, that looks like a terrific place to sit down and just read read read.

Turquoise Diaries said...

I am reading your post a bit late, but thank you very much for posting inside the library for my GW adventure. I always love libraries, but as you have said I am very happy where I am right now :))
Love,

Bec said...

Great shot. My daughter is almost 2 and we're here every Tuesday for story time in the summer. She LIVES for the library and is enamored with the librarians. I often envy the people relaxing with their coffees as I chase her around.

Petrea said...

Bec, your daughter sounds a little like I was when I was little. My mother was strict, so I probably didn't run around much, but I've been enamored of libraries and librarians since I can remember.

JM said...

Love this shot! It's perfect!