Funny thing is, it doesn't have anything on my list of what a perfect library ought to have. Well, other than books and other cool materials. It has plenty of those things. :) But it doesn't have big windows, a coffee shop, or a fireplace.
What it does have is that it is a small place that is very cozy. That's the first thing I noticed when I walked in, is how comfy it is. There's no way you can get that coziness in a bigger library. It's also smack in the middle of a neighborhood, I think it's the only one surrounded pretty much exclusively by people's homes. And a park! You can't forget the park right next door to it. Oh, and an elementary school behind it. But no businesses, no city offices. It's all neighborhood and a public school.
Maybe that's why I like it so much. Maybe it's the feel that comes from a place that is surrounded by that environment. I enjoyed working there, and would love to get a permanent job at that place.
I feel like I should do more to describe West Slope library, but I don't know how without photos, and I don't have any. Oh, except for this.
On a picnic bench outside the library someone engraved WHY GOD into the wood.
So, I have a question. Have you ever had a list of what a perfect place would have, only to find that your favorite (or second favorite) place doesn't have any of those things? And that instead, something else entirely makes it perfect?