Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What A Place!


We finally made it to the new Halifax Central Library
 in the heart of downtown Halifax yesterday.

It just opened in December of 2014 and we were waiting for the crowds to dissipate.
So yesterday to we decided to have lunch at the cafe on the first floor
and then go exploring the other five floors.

Last year we had made a donation during a fundraiser for this library 
and were given four 'book stickers' to put in whichever books we choose.

We each had one with our mother's names and we each had one with our names.

I spent a bit of time looking for a book that I thought my Mom would have liked.
And then I found one that I liked.
Ron is taking his time to find a couple of books for his choices.

We plan to be back on a regular basis......maybe the day Sophie is in day-care.

So here are a few photos of how I saw this fabulous building.



From the outside.....


A wall of 'index cards'


From the fifth floor looking towards the harbour.


Another wall of colourful plaques.


A choice of ramps, stairs or elevators.


Looking straight down to bottom floor.


Walking between floors...


Lots of light and lots of people who were not necessarily quiet
but the sound-proofing is wonderful.......didn't notice any noise.


Orange accessories are back I see.


Full-length skylight roof.


Ron finishing up his Americano.


A 200 seat auditorium and a play area for children.


Liked these lighting fixtures.


Lots of terminals to sign out your books.





25 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Jim this is sensational, I've never seen anything like it, I'm in awe, gasping all the way, oh you do live in my dream land, so happy for you 2 oh gosh, wow

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    1. I knw what you are saying, Lorraine. We had to 'keep pinching our cheeks' that we were in Halifax!!

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  2. It's magnificent! What are they going to do with the old library building?

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    1. Haven't heard yet, Debra, what is to become of that building. I remember my sister and I going there as kids and spending the afternoon reading.
      It is a great old building and I hope they re-use it for something rather than tearing it down.

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  3. Brings colour to a drab winter eh jimbo

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    1. Colour and light, John! There is such a good sense of energy in this library.

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  4. This is really a beautiful and inviting building. We're closing libraries here. :( People don't want to spend tax money to support libraries. It's scary! Have a great day, and stay warm!

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    1. I have heard that closing libraries is happening all over the place, Louise. What a shame. Takes a little imagination and 'thinking outside the box' to redefine what a library is in the 21st century.

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  5. It looks so cool and modern, nothing like my local library which has been there since the 1940s! The book stickers are such a lovely and fun idea.
    Happy New Year to you, Ron and of course Sophie. Love Hayley :)

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    1. Hello Hayley-Eszti! Good to see you!
      It is very cool and modern and 'user' friendly for all.
      Happy New Year to you too!

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  6. what a great place. our local library is one of the first opened by andrew carnegie.

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    1. Now your library must be quite the place, Joyce. I can only imagine the 'style' and fixtures there.

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    1. Modern but also very serviceable, Kathy. It has all the conveniences and services for everyone....young and old.

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  8. It's awesome, think I'd have a touch of vertigo though. Love all the light!

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    1. Funny you should say that, Sharon. Looking down to the bottom initially made me a little queezy!!

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  9. What a fantastic place you live in!

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    1. Well Lisa, we are moving forward a little bit at a time here.
      I like where I live.

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  10. So open and spacious, yet very inviting. What an awesome addition to your city.

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  11. What a spectacular place. A great addition to the city. There is something similar in Montreal that you would really enjoy visiting.

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    1. Halifax so needed something new like this!
      Will have to put Montreal on my list, Martha.

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  12. Amazing. Can't wait to see it. Happy to see the intellectual investment.

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    1. It is quite something and you would love it!

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    1. Thanks Mark. You will have to visit this place, if you haven't already. Would like to 'see' your impressions of it.

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