Lost in the Stacks…

Photo from Love and Squalor Photography

It’s not uncommon that while watching a movie – I’ll turn to the person next to me and say – wait, isn’t that Vancouver? We’ve got a bustling movie scene here – so much so that we’re often called Hollywood North and it’s not so unusual for there to be reports that Kristin Stewart or Dakota Fanning or some other star has been spotted out and about town. I’ve got my own celebrity run-ins that I could share too, but I’ll save that for another post. Because this post is about our downtown public library – as libraries go – it’s breathtaking. So beautiful that it’s not uncommon for movies to be shot inside – and they’re not usually library scenes either, one recent film of note that was shot here – The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. As I write this post, sitting in the library, I can’t help but look around at all the wonderful architectural details and feel lucky that this library has been built in our city.

Photo of Vancouver Public Library – Battle Star Galactica Set – Via: The Pocket Square

But really, what’s infinitely more important than the design or look of any library is it’s contents. I think I’ve always known this to be true. As far back as I can remember I have been obsessed with books. It must be due, at least in part, to influences in our home. There were always books strewn throughout it and one of my earliest dreams and desires was to be able to read like my brothers could. It’s even possible that this lifelong passions roots can be traced to one of the first books that was read to me by my brothers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – to this day I fondly remember the twists and turns of this delightful tale. From the golden tickets to the wonders and quirks of Willy Wonka’s factory. When I finally did learn to read my mom would take me to the library where I was allowed to check out a stack of books as tall as my little arms could carry. I’d excitedly bring them home and quickly read through each and every one before returning to check out many more.

Librarian glasses from Je Sophi

I think one of my greatest delights will be teaching my children to read (when I have children of course). Who’s to know if they will share my passion for reading but I do hope that will be the case. I also know that while we may never be able to travel to all the places or meet all the people we’d like to in this lifetime, inside the pages of books so many adventures and experiences are waiting for us.

Library Ladies from Janet Hill Studio

Today – with libraries on my mind, I’ve gathered a number of handmade finds to share – I hope you enjoy them. Please do feel free to share a favorite book either from childhood or one you’ve read recently, I’d love to hear about them!

Bookends from Knob Creek Metal Arts