Last weekend, I attended the grand re-opening of my local public library branch, also known as my personal library. It had been a long renovation, and they remained open throughout, but most of the books were in storage for the duration. If you wanted a paperback you could find it, but if you wanted a particular title, you had to place a hold on it. Our book club had to meet in other places, and arrange for our own books. Sometimes you'd get them in time to read them for the meeting and sometimes not. There was no place to sit and browse books or magazines. It was trying times.
But now it's open and it's beautiful. They expanded the back of the library into the green space. That back wall is now a curved expanse of windows, with a nice padded seating all around. This plus a skylight means lots of natural light. This is me standing in front of the new display shelves. To the right is a beautiful fireplace, and in front of me are soft, buttery leather chairs. We were offered coffee and cookies. It was nice to see the staff smiling again. This is a good use of my tax dollars.