I love Books. I love to read great books, and then hopefully see them made into great movies. I remember how great I thought the new book store concept such as "Chapters" was when they first opened up a location in our Oshawa Centre Shopping Mall. Before Chapters there were a couple of independent bookstores like "Coles" and "W.H. Smith" that I think I certainly helped stay in business. I remember "Coles" was located in this narrow corner store where you would have to flatten yourself against the bookshelf to let some other book shopper press pass you. A far cry from the warehouse like Chapters with its soaring loft ceiling and expansive maze of book shelves and chairs creatively spread out in a segmented organization of knowledge. I love to bring my kids to Chapters so they too can experience my love of books and develop one of their own. They still have a far road to travel to get there.
When I was little my mother used to take me to the Whitby Public Library which happened to be located in a small red brick building on the corner of Dundas Street and Byron Street.
I remember they had "library ladies" who had reading circles and the kids sat on a pillow and listened raptly to some great story about a duck losing something . The Old Library building has been converted over to law offices, but, whenever I pass it, I still have that warm fuzzy feeling I got when I visited that library.
Today we have a GORGEOUS Whitby Public Library that was built a few years back that is truly beautiful inside and out.
With its floor to ceiling glass wall front , grand staircase, cafe and water fountain- the library really is a modern site to be proud of. My children love going to the library- they usually head for the bank of computers and then just when I am ready to go they dash around on a mad hunt to find a stack of books to check out. Mean while, I head off for the twirling paperback racks and then off to the archived Hard-Cover section for the hard to find originals. If I am really eager for a Hot New Best-Seller, I will check out the "Fast Read"s. I usually dread taking those out because they come with a pretty hefty penalty attached if you don't return them in the allotted 3 days. I think the fine is $1 per day- and I have a fear that compound interest is attached and if
I accidentally forget to bring it back I'll have to mortgage my house to pay off the debt- I know -ridiculous but I was brought up in a strict Catholic household and unless you've experienced the GUILT of FUTURE GUILT we have nothing to discuss. So in the end we usually leave the library with stacks of books that cascade into a must read pile when we get home. My husband thinks I'm nuts because of the number of books I bring home- but I do read them -except for the odd stinker that sneaks through.
Across from the library are a some of the loveliest houses in Whitby. There is the lovely red brick with the beautiful urns on either side of the door that brims with arrangements all season round. Beside that there are two other corner houses in the Victorian Style that are colourful and charming and maintained in the spirit and charm that Whitby exudes in waves. I used to like how one house built a bench around the trunk of a tree in the yard and as the trunk expanded the bench did too.
Take a drive and visit our library, a bookstore or just drive down our old streets and look at our beautiful homes and landmarks.
I Love Whitby.