The weekend forecast in Seattle was pretty dreary. All day Saturday was non stop rain, which made it difficult to adventure outdoors. Jordan and I ventured into the Seattle Public Library. I’m embarrassed to admit I had never been there until now! I love reading and I’ve definitely been to quite a few libraries in Seattle, however this specific library is pretty great so I have no excuse for just now crossing it off of my “to-see” list.
From a very young age I have always adored reading. I remember reading aloud “Green Eggs & Ham” to my mom for the first time in first grade. Some of my fondest childhood memories include sitting in the backseat of the car as my Grandmother (Oma) read aloud the Harry Potter books, The Chronicles of Narnia, White Fang and My Father’s Dragon to my brother and I as we road tripped from Seattle to Worland, Wyoming. Like many others I fell in love with the Harry Potter series, though I never stayed up until midnight to buy the books I always locked myself in my room for a full twenty-four hours to read non-stop. My love of reading continues on still!
I find libraries to be so enchanting. In University I always studied the best when I was surrounded by the sound of pages turning and the smell of books. Late nights at the library are actually one of my favorite college memories (up there with cartwheeling in the sunshine drinking mimosas and sorority recruitment). The Seattle Public Library does not dissappoint library enthusiasts. Ten magical floors filled with books, reading rooms, archives and media centers give the the light-filled building a modern meets archaic aura. The ground level houses a mobile chocolate and coffee shop, perfect for refueling after a few hours of studying, working or simply indulging in your favorite novel.
One of the coolest parts of our library adventure was the special rare books section on the top floor. Most of the books in the section are about Seattle, however there are very old books there as well. We wandered in to take a peek and were surprised to find Jordan’s high school yearbooks. I have all of my yearbooks stacked up on a shelf in my apartment but Jordan never ordered them. Since he doesn’t have any social media he isn’t up to date with the day to day lives of his high school peers like many of us bloggers are. It was super cute to watch him flip through the books and describe old memories.
A gray day Sunday at the library, what could be cozier? I ordered this chunky cable-knit turtleneck from Goodnight Macaroon recently and I already know it will be a fall and winter staple in my wardrobe for many years to come. In Seattle it already is quite cool, however this super warm sweater allowed me to stay warm even in a micro-mini skirt! I felt scholastic and stylish all afternoon during our library adventures.
I am always looking to add new books to my reading list, have you read anything delightful recently?