Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Allendale Branch Library
Don't say I didn't warn you.
The Allendale Branch library was a surprise to me. It's across the street from the Blair school complex, which is imposing enough that I drove around the block twice before I found the library hiding in plain sight.
If you're in need of a fiction fix and you're on the almost-South-Pasadena side of town, you might want to check out Allendale's collection, which includes many Young Adult titles (appropriately, considering its proximity to Blair High School).
I love this architectural/historical note on the website: "The remodeled Allendale Branch building, created as an isolation hospital in the twenties, opened for library business in 1951. Allendale Branch Library is a unique and exemplary neighborhood center, combining school, library, park and recreational resources."
Isolation hospital! Wouldn't you love to know some of that history?